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Three Common Deficiencies and the Role of Alternative Health Products

Most of us are well aware of what we really should be eating. First, there are the two servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables per day. Second, we're to drink mostly water. Third, we're supposed to limit eating meat to three times a week. The government, school, and the internet repeat this information to us multiple times per day! However, reality doesn't always match up with ideals. Tap water can taste horrible, salads wilt when you cut them up in the morning and leave them in the fridge, the fruit that you like isn't always in season ... the pressures of modern life make healthy eating quite difficult. Today we check out the most common vitamin deficiencies and their symptoms, as well as how to use alternative health products to treat them and stabilize your energy levels.

Copper Deficiency
An estimated 75% of diets are deficient in copper. This mineral is needed only in very small amounts, and you can get it from multivitamin alternative health products quite easily.

If you have symptoms like anemia, fatigue, hair loss, weakness, diarrhea and depression, you may be copper deficient. Take a supplement, or much on raw cashew nuts, spinach, asparagus, blackstrap molasses or crimini mushrooms.

Folic Acid
The average diet contains 60% of the RDA for folic acid. This is especially dangerous for women of childbearing age - folic acid deficiency can cause neural tube defects (where your child's spinal cord protrudes out from their skin). You need to be taking folic acid supplements before you become pregnant, because the neural tube has usually closed by the 6th week of pregnancy ... around the time that most women are taking tests. The Pill does fail, and if you think that you would keep the baby if your contraception didn't work, you should be maintaining good folic acid levels.

Adults may also need alternative health products to treat folic acid deficiency, which can cause fatigue, headaches, paranoia, shortness of breath and loss of appetite.

Essential Fatty Acid Deficiencies
Not all fats are created equal, unfortunately ... so eating McDonalds fries cannot give you the essential fatty acids that the brain needs to function correctly, your immune system needs to fight bugs, and your liver requires to keep your metabolism working properly.

If you find yourself catching every bug that goes round, feeling weak, listless and apathetic, getting acne breakouts or bad menstrual cramps, and alternative health product containing essential fatty acids is, well, essential!

Vitamin B5
This isn't a commonly discussed vitamin deficiency, but is definitely commonly experienced. Lack of vitamin B5 in your diet can cause abdominal pains, depression, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia and irritability, immune system impairment and poor coordination.

Mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli and sunflower seeds are all rich in B5 ... if you have the time to prepare them!

Ask your alternative health product provider about B5 supplements, usually available as part of a B-vitamin complex. B-vitamins are water-soluble, so there is little risk of toxicity from dietary plus supplement B5 if you take them as the label directs.

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