In a recent message Swapping Prescription Drugs for Holistic Pain Management, we discussed the importance of having close medical supervision when weaning patients off pain meds and antidepressants. Today, we are going to focus on the need to precondition the body in order to get the most success possible from the treatments you receive. Nutritional deficiencies, infections, and inflammation inhibit the body’s ability to heal properly.
Sometimes People Just Don’t Eat Right.
When you are tired, depressed, clumsy or just feeling bad, the cause could be something that is very easy to fix. The body requires vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy life.
Nutritional deficiency occurs when the body is not getting enough nutrients such as minerals, amino acids and vitamins. If the lack of these essential components continues, conditions caused by nutritional deficiency, such as anemia, will decrease the body’s fat content – but muscle, bone, brain tissue and even blood can also be depleted!
Minerals are the Foundation of Good Health. 
Magnesium is a critical mineral – it regulates muscle and nerve function, maintains blood sugar levels, holds blood pressure and assists in making bone, protein and DNA.  Magnesium can be found in many healthy foods like spinach and green leafy vegetables, also in nuts like almonds and peanuts, and pumpkin seeds, especially with kernels. Soy milk, dark chocolate and even cocoa are good sources of magnesium.
Amino Acids are the Building Blocks of Life
Amino acids synthesize protein and provide energy. Next to water, the body needs protein for every activity. Amino acids repair muscles, regenerate cells and contribute to healthy brain functions.  Essential amino acids are not created by the body, therefore we get them by consuming food or taking supplements.  There are nine essential amino acids; histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
There are many delicious foods that provide amino acids, including eggs, cottage cheese, turkey, mushrooms, fish and beans, quinoa is a very rich source of amino acids.
Vitamins are the Building Blocks of the Body.
Vitamin D operates as a steroid hormone. It can be absorbed from sunlight.When you’re lacking time in the sun, it can also be sourced from cod liver oil, fatty fish and egg yolks.
Vitamin B12 is necessary for proper brain function as well as blood formation. Shellfish, meat and eggs provide vitamin B12. Vegetarians need to find a supplement.
Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, bones, eye pigment and cell membranes. Preformed Vitamin A comes from organ meat such as liver and fish oil. Beta carotene provitamin A is found in yams, carrots and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach.
Nobody Eats Their Spinach!
Most diets do not include cod liver oil, spinach, milk or even carrots. Therefore, most nutritional intake lacks the very elements that make a person healthy and productive. Without making changes to your diet to include the essential food groups in the correct proportions, you need to supplement the vitamins and minerals.
The object of a good nutritional program is to provide a healthy balance in mineral, amino acid and vitamin intake.  Without these key building blocks, the mind and body does not function at peak proficiency, causing fatigue, confusion and even depression.
The doctors and nutrition specialists at GEM State Holistic Health Center can recommend wholesome, natural supplements that will ensure you get everything your body requires for good health, energy and a positive outlook.

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