Our bodies are made up of billions of tiny cells that work constantly to keep us alive and well.
They bind together to create our body tissues, organs and bones, allowing us to function.
Together, they operate a bit like a motor to keep our bodies running. And just like a motor – they need regular maintenance and all fluids to be at just the right level.
Adequate water intake is essential to keep our cells hydrated and our joints lubricated, but what we eat also plays a major role in how those cells, and our bodies, function.
Nutritional deficiencies can wreak havoc on our internal system, leading to everything from headaches and fatigue to serious illness.
This month we look at the top three deficiencies and how they can impact our health.
Magnesium is an essential nutrient for proper function of many parts of the body including muscle and nerve function, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure and maintaining the healthy balance of minerals in our bones and cells.
As a result, too little magnesium can lead to a wide range of health issues including:
- Muscle spasms and cramps
- Irregular heart rhythms
Zinc helps the natural healing mechanisms within our bodies, boosting the immune system, cell repair and growth. When zinc levels are too low, these natural processes are slowed down. Some of the symptoms include:
- Increased susceptibility to colds and flu
- Poor wound healing
- Hair loss
Calcium is stored mostly in the bones, contributing to a healthy skeletal system and stabilising blood pressure.
As we age, our bones begin to thin and can become frail, and a drop in calcium levels are often detected. The deficiency is sometimes present in children too, particularly premature infants.
Calcium deficiency may not give noticeable symptoms in the early stages, but long term can lead to:
- Memory loss
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face
Increasing the nutritional value of your diet is one way to naturally boost nutrient levels in the body. Severe deficiencies may require supplementation, which should first be discussed with a health professional.