Nutritional imbalance is the #1 cause of health issues in the US and is accounting for 530.000 deaths each year - more than smoking or obesity.
Most of the general population is living under the assumption that they’re healthy, even though we all get sick from time to time. But looking into the nutrient deficiencies in the US alone shows something else.
A research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that 92% of Americans have at least one vitamin or mineral deficiency.
The cause for the nutrient deficiencies on such a large scale is mostly tied to the diet. At least in the U.S., there are high amounts of junk food which lack the nutrient-rich fresh foods that are necessary for maintaining nutritional balance.
Also with an increased number of vegetarians and vegans, multiple studies have shown that deficiency is linked with those diets. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) stated that multiple nutrients may need supplementations when on a plant-based diet and a study from 2003 shows that more than 90% of vegans have a deficiency for Vitamin B12, since its mainly found in animal products only.
As stated earlier, most people assume they’re healthy even though they might be sick from time to time. The only way to know for sure if you have any deficiencies is to be aware of the symptoms and to have your blood tested for the essential nutrients and link them with your recommended intakes.
Your health needed to be taken seriously and in many cases, the best thing you can do is to be proactive regarding your well-being.
You can start today with valuable insights into your nutrient levels with our different blood-testing products. Read about the different blood panels and which nutrients are tested here.
1 JAMA, The US Burden of Disease Collaborators. The State of US Health, 1990-2016
Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Among US States. Original Investigation. 2018
2 IUTech, HealthMed, Indiana University’s School of Public Health. Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Millennials. 2018
3 Perm. J. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets. 2013
4 Hermann, W., Schorr H., Obeid R., Geisel J. Vitamin B-12 status, particularly holotranscobalamin II and methylmalonic acid concentrations, and hyperhomocysteinemia in vegetarians, 2003.
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