There is a common misconception that if we eat a healthy or balanced diet then we will get all the nutrients we need. In 2008 Food Standards Australia, an independent government agency, found that a large number of Australians weren't getting sufficient iodine and some population groups not enough selenium, which forms part of the body's antioxidant defence and detoxification systems. Some experts assert that magnesium and zinc deficiencies might also be commonplace. Yet zinc, magnesium and selenium are found in meats, vegetables, nuts and seafood-not rare foods. Even fresh organic produce often fails to stimulate my taste buds, which makes me wonder about the nutrient density of these foods. It would be wonderful if we could get all the nutrients we need from the food we eat but this just isn't happening.
I perform a nutritional assessment on all patients and find that B vitamins, protein, calcium, zinc and essential fatty acids are common deficiencies. This phenomenon, despite consuming food sources of these nutrients, might be due to a compromised digestive process. These nutrient deficiencies also go some way to explaining recurring medical complaints including fatigue, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Aside from addressing underlying causes of nutritional deficiencies, I have found that nutrient supplementation is virtually essential.
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