More and more Americans are eating processed foods rather than cooking wholesome foods at home.
This revolution has created a multitude of individuals who are malnourished and don’t even realize it.
It is highly likely that your body is lacking a few essential nutrients right now — even if you consider yourself a healthy eater.
We’ve previously talked about the two big deficiencies that you can’t afford to have: Vitamin D3 and Magnesium
Here’s a few more key deficiencies and how to fix them. When you do, you might even notice you feel better and look better.
Potassium is an essential nutrient that you literally cannot live without. If you have a healthy dose of potassium in your bloodstream, you can naturally lower blood pressure and even reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Your body needs potassium to regulate water and keep your nervous system in check. But, it’s not easy to get this nutrient in your diet. You should be taking at least 4700 mg per day, but most Americans can’t even come close to that. Some ways to naturally introduce more potassium in your diet include:
- Eating one medium-sized banana every day.
- Adding 1 cup of cooked spinach to your daily diet.
- Drink a smoothie with 1 cup of spinach
Fiber is one of those nutrients your body needs and really can’t get enough of. If you have high cholesterol, getting more fiber in your daily diet could help naturally combat those high levels. Women should be taking at least 25 mg of fiber each day, men 38 g. But, only about 40 percent of Americans actually reach this goal. Some ways you can increase your fiber intake include:
- Eating a 1/2 cup of black beans every day
- Eating 1 medium pear with breakfast
- Adding a 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries to your smoothie in the morning
- Eating 1 medium sweet potato at dinner
Calcium helps you maintain healthier bones, keeps your nervous system operating at its best, and can even help your blood clot. Your body doesn’t naturally produce calcium and you rely on food and supplements to give it to your body. You should be taking at least 1,000mg of calcium each day and you can get it from things like milk, yogurt and cheese. But, not everyone can have (or should have) dairy. Some other ways to increase your calcium intake include:
- Eating more dark leafy greens (spinach and collard greens for example)
- Drinking calcium-fortified dairy-free products (we recommend vanilla unsweetened almond milk)
Eating the right foods can lead to a healthy body. If you’re not sure what foods you should incorporate into your diet, or you have felt as though you’re lacking nutritionally, contact us about meeting with the team at Natural Health Atlanta. We can assess your diet, help you find a proper nutrition plan and see if you have any food sensitivities that are holding you back from getting the nutrition you need to thrive.