How Do Health Challenges Create Nutritional Deficiencies?
The body is an amazing organism.
The basic processes of life include organization, metabolism, responsiveness, movements, and reproduction. In humans, who represent the most complex form of life, there are additional requirements such as growth, differentiation, respiration, digestion, and excretion. All of these processes are interrelated.
One of the many actions the human body does is to repair itself when necessary. It can do this successfully if given the right conditions.
The body needs nutrients to repair itself. Nutrients are what the body uses – just like your car runs on oxygen and gasoline – your body runs on oxygen and nutrients. There are forty nutrients that cannot be made in the body. They are essential fatty acids, 15 vitamins, 14 minerals, and 10 amino acids. These forty nutrients are the body’s requirements. From these our bodies synthesize an estimated 10,000 different compounds essential to the maintenance of health. These nutrients must be consumed in the form of food or nutritional supplements.
So, what happens when the body gets injured or sick? We can take two examples of this. Your body has damaged nerves. Your body has an infection.
Let’s first look at the example of damaged nerves.
When the body has damaged nerves, it wants to fix this problem. The body always has a priority of things to repair. Damaged nerves interrupt the communication signals of the body and are thus a priority issue to fix.
For example, how does the body get a muscle to move? It sends a message through the motor nerves. What if that nerve is damaged? The message doesn’t go through.
The body needs specific B vitamins in order to repair the nerves. So, all the B vitamins that are in your food or in supplementation will go to fixing the nerves first. If your body is using all of these vitamins to fix the nerves first, it can create a deficiency for the rest of the body’s needs. It will create problems for other parts of the body that also needs B vitamins to function well. The body will be deficient in B vitamins for the other functions – a healthy cardiovascular system, energy product, digestion, healthy gums and teeth – the list goes on.
What if you have an infection? Your body needs Vitamin C. The body will address the infection first; as a top priority as it is a big threat to the body’s survival. The body uses all the Vitamin C in food consumed to address this infection, other parts of your body that need the vitamin C will suffer.
It is important for you to get enough of what the body needs. If you have an injured or ailing body, your body needs enough to repair the problem, plus enough for the rest of the body to function properly and maintain itself.
The combination of eating a diet full of nutrient-dense foods and consuming high-quality nutritional supplements will help ensure your body has all the nutrients it needs to address any health issues while also having enough nutrition for the rest of the body’s nutritional needs.
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