8 Essential Nutrients That Are Making You Sick And Tired

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Isn’t it strange, that we can live in world of abundance and still suffer from nutritional deficiencies?  Many people, although well-fed, still lack some basic, essential nutrients in their diets which can cause them to feel sick and tired all the time.

Does this sound like you? Of course you are trying to eat a healthy diet, but the truth is that the soils in which we grow our foods have become seriously depleted of many vital nutrients through modern day farming methods.

One report, from the Centers for Disease Control, states that there are a wide variety of nutrients that are lacking in the general US population.

Nutritional deficiencies might not sound like a big deal, but they actually are.  Serious deficiencies can have long term health effects as well as make you feel pretty crummy most days.

If you have been trying to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep and exercising but are still left feeling weak, tired,  and have tingling feelings in the extremities,  or experience joint pain, have slow wound healing, or if you just end up feeling like crap most days, you could have a deficiency in one or more essential nutrients.

Keep reading and find out the 8 most common deficiencies found in the American diet.


1. Zinc

Zinc is found in every single cell in the body. It is important for keeping your immune system strong and to fight against bacteria and viruses. Zinc helps infants develop properly and helps the cells in our bodies duplicate themselves. This little mineral plays an important part in our sense of taste and smell as well as helping wounds heal quickly. A deficiency in zinc can lead to slow growth for youngsters, a decrease in the ability to taste food, low levels of alertness, impotence in men, skin and eye sores, hair loss, and diarrhea.

The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for zinc is 8 mg for adult women and 11 mg for adult men. You can find zinc in beans, nuts, oysters, poultry, red meat, dairy products, and whole grains. Because beans and whole grains also contain a substance which inhibits zinc from being fully absorbed through the body, vegetarians might want to include a zinc supplement to ensure that they are getting enough of this important mineral.

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