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What Nutrients Are Missing in Your Diet?

WhatsMissingDietJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

If you are focused on losing body fat or increasing lean muscle mass, chances are you are concentrating on your caloric intake, as well as placing your focus on your macronutrient intake, the proteins, carbohydrates and dietary fats that are all a necessary part of a healthy diet. Or, perhaps you follow the standard American diet consisting of foods high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats, leading to hunger and overconsumption of far too many empty calories, as the body strives to get the nutrients it needs for proper function. While one of these dietary approaches may be viewed as healthier than the other, chances are neither will consistently deliver sufficient micronutrients necessary for overall good health and bodily functions, leading to a dietary deficiency in vitamins and minerals or micronutrient malnutrition.

While the general nutrition advice is to eat a “balanced” diet, many of us are not sure what that really means and so tend to make choices we like, not necessarily those that are best for heath. Dietary trends over time show Americans are not following healthy eating patterns and are deficient in the micronutrients necessary to maintain optimal health and prevent nutrient deficiency diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, although deficiencies of essential nutrients have decreased over the last century, the rates of chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality diet and a sedentary lifestyle, have dramatically increased to the point where approximately 50% of American adults have one or more preventable diet-related chronic disease.

Key dietary recommendations suggest following a healthy eating pattern that focuses on variety across all food groups, nutrient density and portion size. An eating pattern can be described as a combination of foods and beverages that constitute a person’s complete dietary intake over time. Nutrient density encompasses foods and beverages that provide vitamins, minerals, naturally occurring components such as fiber, and beneficial phytonutrients, all of which have positive effects on health. Variety refers to consuming a diverse assortment of foods and beverages from all food groups, without exceeding limits for calories and other components, such as added sugars and sodium.

Nutrition and physical activity-related health conditions include:

  • Obesity – For the past 25 years, more than half of the adult population has been overweight or obese, especially those aged 40 and older. Abdominal obesity prevalence now affects half of U.S adults of all ages. Nearly one in three youths aged 2 – 19 are overweight or obese.
  • Cardiovascular disease – Three-fourths of those who are overweight and half of those who are normal weight have at least one cardiometabolic risk factor, including high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipids, diabetes or smoking.
  • Diabetes – 2012 statistics showed that over 29 million adults have type 2 diabetes. Highly prevalent in the senior population, the rates of diabetes among young adults and children is steadily rising.
  • Cancer – Breast cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., followed closely by colorectal cancer, the second leading cause.
  • Bone disease – Bone disease is common in the U.S., especially among the elderly, which puts them at risk of fractures. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 10 million people currently have osteoporosis and another 18 million are at risk of developing the disease. By 2020, one in two Americans is expected to have or be at risk of developing osteoporosis of the hip.

With the abundance of food available in the U.S., one might assume that Americans are well nourished and that nutrient deficiencies are no longer a health issue. Contrary to what the media may have you believe; deficiencies are very much present. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a major program of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is responsible for producing vital health statistics for the U.S. This includes an assessment of the health and nutritional status of American citizens. A 2015 analysis showed that approximately 31% of adults had one nutrient deficiency, 6% had 2 nutrient deficiencies, and 2% had 3 or more deficiencies. They concluded that about 1 out of 3 Americans have at least one vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Despite recent arguments that dietary supplement users are wasting their money, data shows that adults who take full-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplements have a significantly lower prevalence of deficiency as compared to non-users. In fact, non-users are 2.5 times more likely to have a deficiency compared to a full-spectrum multivitamin user. Data continues to show that individuals, even those who follow a whole food diet, who take a daily multi are more likely to fill any nutritional gaps and achieve micronutrient sufficiency. As far as your money goes, the cost of a multivitamin supplement is likely the least expensive health insurance you can buy!

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality vitamin and mineral supplements to support optimal wellness:

UltraNutrient by Pure EncapsulationsUltraNutrient® by Pure Encapsulations – This advanced formula provides exceptional broad spectrum, bioavailable nutritional support with a full spectrum of core vitamins and minerals, advanced antioxidants, standardized phytonutrient extracts and botanicals for enhanced antioxidant, cardiovascular, liver and overall wellness support. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Ultra Preventive Teen (201036) by Douglas LaboratoriesUltra Preventive Teen by Douglas Laboratories – This unique, carefully designed supplement is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of teenagers. Vanilla flavored, easy-to-swallow tablets provide over 30 vitamins, minerals, trace elements and other nutrients in bioavailable form to support growth and development and good health maintenance. Gluten and soy free, vegetarian formulation.

Multigenics® Chewable Orange by Metagenics®Multigenics® Chewable Orange – This comprehensive bioavailable formula provides a broad spectrum of essential vitamins along with highly absorbable mineral amino acid chelates. Suitable for children and adults who prefer a great tasting, chewable tablet. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Comprehensive Nutritional Panel by Spectracell LaboratoriesComprehensive Nutritional Panel by Spectracell Laboratories – This micronutrient test kit offers an accurate, scientifically proven assessment of nutritional deficiencies, including 31 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants and metabolites. This kit includes a complimentary post-test consultation with our Registered Nurse by phone or in person at our Sarasota location.

References:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 -2020. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf
Overall Numbers, Diabetes and Prediabetes. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
The Frequency of Bone Disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK45515/
Osteoporosis/Bone Health in Adults as a National Public Health Priority. http://www.aaos.org/CustomTemplates/Content.aspx?id=5604&ssopc=1
Think Nutrient Deficiencies are History in the US? Think Again. http://www.dsm.com/campaigns/talkingnutrition/en_US/talkingnutrition-dsm-com/2015/03/ExpBio_Abstract_586Point2.html
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/

Essential Nutrients for Kids

Essential Nutrients for KidsBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Good nutrition helps prevent illness and disease and is essential to healthy physical and mental development. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to think of nutritional decisions as health decisions.  Nearly 1 in 3 children in America are now overweight or obese.  And like adults, kids who consistently overeat are at risk for developing the medical problems associated with being overweight, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, breathing and sleeping problems, and even depression. Later in life they are at greater risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke. Encouraging your child to make beneficial food choices now will help them develop wholesome eating patterns that can lead to a lifetime of healthier choices.   

It’s not always easy to get kids to eat what’s on their plates.  These strategies improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:

  • Have regular family meals.  Eating together allows parents and kids to reconnect and catch up on the day’s events.  Kids who sit down to family meals are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables and grains and are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. 
  • Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks.  You control the supply lines, so stock up on fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks such as low-fat yogurt and cheese, whole grain crackers, or nuts.  Limit chips, cookies, candy and sugary drinks but don’t ban them completely.  Serve them occasionally as a special treat.  
  • Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.  Keep a positive approach to food, limit your own portions and don’t overindulge in less nutritious foods.  Kids will follow your lead. 
  • Avoid food battles which means no bargaining or bribing kids to eat everything on their plate.  Provide variety and let your child choose from what you offer.  A growing child’s eating pattern will vary day to day.  Let them decide when they are hungry and when they are full. 
  • Involve kids in the process.  Kids love to help in the kitchen so select age appropriate tasks for them to do.  Let them be involved in occasional meal planning and help them make decisions about what to pack for lunch. 

Nutrition for kids is based on the same principle as nutrition for adults.  In addition to the nutrient dense foods of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, there are vitamins and minerals that all growing children need for growth and development:

Vitamin A  –  Vitamin A  boosts the immune system which fights common infections.  Vitamin A promotes general eye health plus color and night vision.  Make sure your child gets plenty of orange vegetables and fortified milk. 

B Vitamins  –  B complex vitamins are needed for anemia prevention and for energy production and usage.  B vitamins are found in whole grains, fish, chicken, leafy greens, dairy and meat.

Vitamin C –  Vitamin C helps speed healing of cuts and scrapes and helps ward off colds and  fight infections.  Fruits, especially oranges, and green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamin C.

Vitamin D Vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption for developing strong bones and teeth.  Foods fortified with vitamin D include milk, cereal and eggs. 

Calcium Calcium helps build strong bones and teeth and can help reduce the chances of developing age related bone disease.  The majority of our lifetime bone mass is built during our pre-teen and teen years.  Low-fat dairy is the best source of calcium in a child’s diet and includes  cheese, milk and yogurt.  Fortified cereals and orange juice are options for those who are lactose intolerant. 

Choline –  An important essential nutrient needed for the central nervous system function and cell growth.  Eggs, fish, meat, broccoli and chicken are good sources. 

IronFor healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body and help keep kids energized.  Iron can be found in fortified foods, beans and lean red meats. 

MagnesiumImportant for energy and healthy heart function.  Look for magnesium in cereals, brown rice and nuts. 

Potassium –  Kids need potassium to support their organs and cells.  Potassium maintains blood pressure, supports the heart and muscle function.  Bananas and low-fat dairy are good sources. 

ZincZinc helps fight viruses and supports the immune system.  Zinc is necessary for growth and development.  Look for zinc in chicken, beans and fortified cereals. 

FiberKids need fiber to aid digestion and prevent constipation.  Offer lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains including high-fiber cereals.

Water – Limit sugar laden fruit juices to breakfast time and give your child the choice of milk or water at other times.  Be sure to provide plenty of water throughout the day and encourage your child to drink up. 

Antioxidants –  Antioxidants help defend against harmful substances that can damage healthy cells.  Almonds, berries, citrus fruits and carrots are some kid friendly foods high in antioxidants. 

Essential fatty acidsChildren require both EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids as part of their healthy diet, especially for brain development and eye function.  If your child refuses to eat fish regularly or at all,  supplements made for children containing EPA/DHA are a safe, effective way to give your child’s mental and physical well-being a boost. 

It’s best not to get into a battle of wills at mealtimes.  Try to make breakfast and lunch the priority meals as young children are often tired and less likely to eat well at dinnertime.  Offer a variety of healthy foods and allow your child to be in charge of choosing which items to eat and how much.  Children allowed to make their own decisions at mealtimes are more likely to enjoy their meal and feel good about themselves.  You can feel good also, knowing that you are raising a healthy eater and establishing patterns that will lead to a lifetime of healthy nutrition. 

Nutritional supplements for kids:

Springboard SuperNutes by Ortho Molecular –  Super Nutrients Jr. is a great tasting strawberry-kiwi multivitamin and mineral supplement containing the most important vitamin and mineral components needed for a growing child. Besides having a solid scientific formulation of the highest quality professional-grade vitamins, SuperNutes also contains generous doses of industry leading Albion® minerals, setting SuperNutes in a class by itself when compared with other children’s multivitamins.

ProOmega Junior Minis by Nordic Naturals –  Perfect for ages three and older, these provide the essential fatty acid nutrition for optimal development.  Children find the tiny, pearl-sized soft gels easy to chew, and they enjoy the great-tasting, all-natural strawberry flavor.  With EPA and DHA from purified deep sea fish oil. 

Vital Kids Berry Well Immune Support by Vital Nutrients –  Berry Well is a uniquely concentrated botanical extract formula containing Elderberry Extract.  This formula provides enhanced levels of natural compounds that provide immune system support. Studies have shown that the properties of Elderberry Extract and Arabinogalactan maintain healthy immune function and promote well-being. 

Multigenics Chewable Orange by Metagenics  –  Multigenics chewable is a high quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement with excellent nutrient bioavailability designed especially for children.  This formula provides an essential, comprehensive foundation for optimal health and contains highly absorbable amino acid chelates, ratio-balanced B vitamins, and broad-spectrum antioxidant protection.

Super Immune Space Sprinkles by Douglas Laboratories This product provides support for normal immune function with a specially formulated blend of probiotics in a naturally sweet base.  Super Immune Space Sprinkles change color when sprinkled on food and are designed specifically for children. 

Nordic Omega-3 Fishies by Nordic NaturalsThese easy to chew treats are rich in EPA and DHA for development support of the brain, eyes and the nervous and immune systems.  Delicious tangerine taste for even the pickiest of eaters.  For ages 2 and over. 

Nutri-West Chewable C-500 –  A pleasant tasting tablet ideal for children or for anyone looking for rapid absorption of Vitamin C.  Each naturally flavored tablet supplies 500 mg of Vitamin C (as sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid) , 1,000 units of natural beta carotene, citrus bioflavonoids, hesperidin complex, rutin, and acerola.

Little One by Metabolic Maintenance –  A one-per-day multivitamin for children 6 through 12 years of age.  Each capsule contains only the finest ingredients, in the most bioavailable forms, in a very small, easy to swallow capsule.