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You Are What You Eat!

Have you been to a doctor's office before and they tell you to take different supplements but do not fully explain what the benefits are of the supplement or why you are taking them? Look no farther, let's discuss the top three vitamins that are recommended.

The first vitamin we will discuss is Magnesium (Mg). Mg can be found in green leafy vegetables, unpolished grains, nuts, meats, starches, and milk. It is involved in more than 300 essential metabolic reactions! Think energy production, muscles contractions, nerve impulse conductions, and normal heart rhythms. Magnesium is also the primary ingredient in laxatives and can help increase REM sleep.

Some signs of Magnesium deficiency loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As the deficiency worsens, other signs are numbness, tingling, muscle contractions, and cramps.

Who is most at risk for a magnesium deficiency? Populations that have gastrointestinal diseases, type 2 diabetes, alcoholics, and older adults.

The second important vitamin to discuss is Vitamin D. D3 is the actual form that your body absorbs and utilizes. It can be found in fatty fish, egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains proper serum levels of calcium and phosphate to promote healthy muscles and bones. D3 plays a role in reducing inflammation, promoting proper neuromuscular conductions, immune function, and cell growth. Signs of Vitamin D deficiency are classically rickets and osteomalacia, but these are when the deficiency is extreme. Populations at risk for this deficiency are breastfeed infants, older adults, limited sun exposure, dark skin, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and or have undergone gastric bypass surgery.

The third vitamin to discuss in this blog is Fish Oil, also known as Omega 3s. They can be found in fish, shellfish and fish oil supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids are vital in promoting proper health and function in many different areas. Reduces risk of heart disease, stroke, and decreases triglycerides in the body. Can also help with conditions affecting the brain, nervous system and mental health. Eye diseases and some other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and infant development.

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