Deficiencies – Get Rid of Yours and Be Healthy!

Deficiencies of essential vitamins and minerals are the cause of many imbalances in the human body. These deficiencies come from poor dietary habits including too much processed food and not enough high quality fruits and vegetables. What is critical about these deficiencies is that if they are present over the long run, the body will ultimately develop some chronic health problem.
Virtually every function in the human body is the result of a biochemical reaction that requires essential nutrients. Deficiencies of essential nutrients mean that certain biochemical reactions are compromised. Our bodies are forced to allocate nutrients to certain functions that are necessary for our survival, while other functions are put on hold until enough of the right nutrients are available. Once the right nutrients are available, then the body can go about healing itself.
A body in a poor nutritional state does not necessarily become diseased in the sense that traditional medical doctors trained to find pathology would notice. Pathology is usually the result of many years of neglect. There is a progression that begins with poor habits, then nutritional deficiencies, then poor cell function, followed by poor enzyme function, then poor endocrine function, which leads to poor immune system function, and then finally diagnosable symptoms.
Nutritional deficiencies generally result in a variety of subclinical complaints such as fatigue, joint pain, frequent colds, allergies, sinusitis, rashes, hives, dry skin, depression, headaches and other health problems. Many of us respond to these symptoms by taking things that suppress the symptoms, but in no way address the basic cause of the problem.
The key to nutritional health is not in simply addressing symptoms, but looking deeper at underlying causes which are typically related to diet and lifestyle. Almost all of these problems are preventable if addressed early enough. Proper diet changes along with appropriate supplementation have shown remarkable results in addressing even chronic problems. When working with these problems, it is important to remember that they did not develop overnight and consequently take time to heal.
For me, the key to health lies in prevention. If the problem is related to deficiencies, then those can be supplemented. If the problem lies in poor food choices, then better choices can be made. Problems are not usually as simple as just one deficiency. That is why it is beneficial to seek professional advice from someone who is qualified in nutritional counseling.
When working with nutritional problems, it is important to use the right products that deliver nutrients in correct ratios and forms. I always harp about quality – It is much cheaper in the long run to use an expensive formula that is going to work than to use a cheap one that will not.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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