With the abundance of food and the ever popularity with healthy diets these days, it may be natural for us to think on the nutrition side of things we're well taken care of.
The truth is however far from that. One common misconception is that a healthy diet is not necessarily a nutritious diet (but a nutritious diet is always a healthy one). Say you are big on vege and stick with salads every day, isn't that the perfectly nutritious diet? Vege and salads are greens and check all the boxes.
Nutrition is about an adequate intake of a wide variety of nutrients. Because each food, even if it's a superfood, has only a limited nutrient profile, the solution lies in a rotation of food rather than sticking to certain foods. That is true even when it comes to greens. Greens are healthy but too many of the same types of greens are depriving you of crucial nutrients that you won't find in those foods.
To make it easy to understand, think this way. Carbs, protein and fat are 3 main blocks of nutrients and they are all essential. Is a diet with high protein good? Yes, but what if it is only high protein but very low carbs and healthy fat? And this logic extends to all the other types of nutrients, for example the 20 vitamins and minerals that are crucial for our body to function normally and maintain a strong immune system.
According to Dr Heather Moday, the 3 we are most deficient on are Vitamin B, Zinc and Magnesium. And each of them plays a crucial role in our body.
Vitamin B impacts your energy level, brain function as well as gut health. If you always feel fatigued or a lack of energy, then B12 is probably what you lack. And B12 is not something your body can produce, it has to be consumed through food. And B12 is naturally found in predominantly animal products, and generally not present in plant foods.
Zinc is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system. It also plays special role in children for their healthy development.
Magnesium is less heard of but equally important. Our nervous system, energy creation as well as DNA repairing all depends on magnesium. Yet research has shown that even in developed countries where food is not in short supply, close to 50% of people are in lack of magnesium.
A nutrition genetic test can help you find out what vitamin deficiencies you have, while a personalized supplement that is created completely according to your genes will work best with your body and produces a far more effective and consistent result.
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