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Are your cells properly nourished?
What does it mean to be deficient in a nutrient?
Many factors impact nutritional status: food and beverage intake, digestion, absorption, age, disease states, stress, medications, exposure to toxins, genetics, and activity level.
A nutritional deficiency is defined as an inadequacy of nutrients in cells or tissues, resulting from inadequate dietary intake or altered digestion, absorption, or metabolism.
Nutrient deficiency diseases described in the early 1900s represent the end-stage result of prolonged nutrient insufficiency. However, more recent discoveries reveal that years of subclinical nutrient insufficiency (without classic symptoms of deficiency) can cause a less recognizable progression of chronic disease. Insufficiency at the cellular level can be seen without the individual expressing symptoms of overt deficiency or disease. If the need for particular nutrients is not addressed, the insufficiency may progress to early-stage disease.
Nutrient insufficiencies and deficiencies can lead to chronic disease, a well-established fact. Such consequences can be mitigated or prevented using targeted nutrition support with an individualized food and supplement routine.
We have an abundant food supply, how could we not meet nutrient needs? The Standard American Diet, which consists of highly processed foods, is inherently calorie-rich yet nutrient deficient. Many individuals are NOT consuming the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and insufficient micronutrient intake has been well documented. Intake of several nutrients falls below 50% of recommended levels in the United States. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) consistently reveal that the U.S. population does not meet recommended intake levels for several nutrients including magnesium, calcium, zinc, vitamins A, B6, C, and D.
Nutrients can become depleted due to growing conditions, harvest timing and methods, prolonged transportation, storage, processing, and cooking. Modern farming techniques have resulted in a decrease in the nutrient content of many foods. Decreased nutrient levels in crops are thought to result from a shift to plants that produce higher yields at the expense of lower nutrient content. Nutrient-depleted soil yields nutrient-depleted crops.
Nutrient malabsorption is often seen in people with gastrointestinal diseases, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid), and pancreatic enzyme deficiency.
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