We take medication when we are unwell but are they adding to our health problems in some ways? All medication has side effects and some many side effects. It is a good idea to check these when starting any medication as the side effects may include depleting you of nutrients your body needs. The medication may actually absorb all the essential vitamins and supplements you need to stay healthy which in turn can lead to more health issues as well as the ones you started with or even worse.
What drugs use up essential nutrients I need?
Some of the common drugs that absorb important nutrients are birth control pills as they use up the essential B vitamins (important in stress), vitamin C, selenium and zinc (for immunity). Hormone replacement therapy can also cause depletion in vitamin B6 (which helps with fluid build-up), vitamin B1 and 2, folate and magnesium. Metformin which is used for diabetes affects your folate, vitamin B12 and coenzyme Q10 (important for heart health) levels. Over the counter medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin also have side effects that can lead to a nutrient deficiency in iron, folate, zinc and vitamin C.
Further to this antacids taken for indigestion can deplete in nutrients that lead to osteoporosis in the long term. They deplete the body of vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, folate, zinc and magnesium. These are only some of the drug medications that can affect your nutrient level. The list is long and also includes antibiotics and penicillins such as amoxicillin. These kill off your gut bacteria and can upset your gut balance.
How the lack of nutrients affects the body
The lack of nutrients these drugs deplete can cause a huge range of health issues such as fatigue, ulcers, anaemia, birth defects, heart disease and depression. Some of the main vitamin deficiencies that can cause health problems include vitamin C deficiency which can lead to a weakened immune system, easy bruising and problems with wound healing. If you are feeling fatigued, depressed, have memory loss, balance problems or have a swollen tongue you may be lacking in vitamin B12. If you are suffering with dermatitis, depression, mouth ulcers, fatigue, or anaemia it could be vitamin B6 that you need. Lack of vitamin D can lead to depression as well as bone weakness and an increased risk of some cancers. A lack of folates can cause birth defects, anaemia and increase your risk of heart disease.
What to do?
If you are finding that you are not feeling well then you may be lacking in some important nutrients so take the time to consult your health care practitioner to find out exactly what you need. They can check the levels of your vitamins through a blood test or a sensitivity test although some may be difficult to test. Once you find out though what you lack you can then work out the right treatment. As a general rule and to be on the safe side make sure that you take at least one multivitamin daily. If you are deficient you may need to take much more but taking a multivitamin daily is a good start. So if you are feeling a bit under par and not well give us a call and let us do an analysis of the food you eat, what medications and supplements you are on, a sensitivity test and we can find out exactly what supplements you need to help you feel better.