Maybe you’re someone who maintains a healthy lifestyle yet still can’t figure out why your energy levels are so low. Or why you struggle to stay concentrated and focused for long periods of time.
The answer could be simpler than you think.
It’s possible that you are one of the ⅓ of Americans who are at risk for a micronutrient deficiency. Micronutrients are the nearly 30 vitamins and minerals that are nutritionally essential for our bodies to function and fight off diseases.
In developing countries, severe deficiencies often lead to serious illnesses such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, osteoporosis and even death. However, less extreme deficiencies are still very present in the U.S. and can easily go undetected despite the negative effects they have on our health. Below, discover three ways a micronutrient deficiency could be impacting your longevity and performance and how you can take back control of your health.
Fatigue and Low Energy
While extreme vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be life-threatening, more minor micronutrient deficiencies often impact energy levels and contribute to fatigue.
In 2020, The National Center for Biotechnology Information determined that “vitamins and minerals in cellular energy production translates into functional and physiological outcomes in humans, including perceived physical and mental fatigue as well as psychological and cognitive functions.”
For example, many studies indicate that low levels of Vitamin D lead to increased levels of tiredness and fatigue and that over 40% of adults in the United States are currently deficient in it.
Inability To Fight Disease
Similarly, some micronutrient deficiencies can impact your ability to resist diseases.
According to the CDC, Zinc is incredibly important in promoting immune functions and for fighting off diseases like pneumonia. In addition to aiding in the resistance to infection, Zinc is also necessary for the nervous system to grow and develop healthily.
According to the NCBI, even a marginal deficiency in certain micronutrients has the power to significantly impact your immunity. So while you may not notice that you have an insufficient supply of a certain vitamin or mineral, on the inside of your body, your immune system is being impacted significantly.
Finally, micronutrient deficiencies have the power to impact overall cognitive functioning.
According to a study conducted by The Journal of International Medical Research, “Micronutrient deficiencies can impair cognitive performance in all stages of life and are associated with age-related cognitive decline.”
For example, Vitamin B deficiency has been shown to cause negative cognitive effects and currently affects between 10-15% of adults over the age of 60. Additionally, research has recently revealed a connection between insufficient amounts of biotin and magnesium with depression and lethargy.
Taking Back Control of Your Wellness
It’s impossible to treat a micronutrient deficiency if you don’t know you have one in the first place. One study even found that in developed countries, those most at risk for these deficiencies are middle-aged adults with “demanding lifestyles”.
That’s why at EDISON BIO, we include a micronutrient test in all of our Advanced Executive Health Exams. Whether from malabsorption or dietary issues, our specialists will be able to determine which, if any, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals you are currently deficient in and recommend steps to take to restore them in your body. Our test evaluates your micronutrient status at a cellular level, using the most advanced technology to determine what nutrients your body needs and why.
Don’t settle for low energy, decreased immunity, and poor brain functioning. Become a Member of EDISON BIO to take back control of your health and increase your performance and longevity.
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