15 Of The Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies Most Americans Have

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5. Iodine

Without iodine, your thyroid gland simply cannot work. If you think your hormones might be out of balance, it could be due to an improperly functioning thyroid gland. A deficiency in iodine can lead to a malfunctioning or enlarged thyroid gland. You can get more iodine by eating more seafood, seaweed, and salt that has iodine added to it.


6. Vitamin K2

For optimal health, vitamin K2 is about as important as vitamin D. For the health of your arteries, blood vessels, and bone strength, you need vitamin K2. This vitamin also plays an important part when it comes to other processes in the body, such as cell growth and tissue renewal. Vitamin K2 works together with vitamin D and calcium to build strong bones. You can find it in fermented foods such as kombucha, pickles, and sauerkraut. Raw dairy products also contain high levels of vitamin K2.


7. Glycine

Glycine is an amino acid that you don’t hear about often, but your body will certainly show it when you get too low on it. Common signs of a deficiency are weight gain, weight that you cannot get rid of, low thyroid function, blood sugar problems, PMS, fatigue, constipation, and digestive problems. Glycine is necessary to neutralize the detoxification reaction in your liver. You can get more glycine in fish, bone broth, and gelatin.

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