Can a person be nutritionally deficient and over weight? Absolutely, in fact, we are seeing this more and more. The food stuff that we are eating is deficient in nutrients. We no longer have food that has the same value as the foods we ate 50 years ago.
What does this mean for the body over an extended period of time? The following is a list of diseases which are the result of vitamin and mineral deficiency.
1) Calorie Deficiency is a semi-starvation that may be secondary to chronic illness (rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, psychological illness and hyperactive thyroid).
2)Protein Deficiency can occur in infants (rare in USA) who are fed exclusively on diets high in carbohydrates and low in protein of good quality.
3)Scurvy is a disease which results from lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
4)Rickets is due to lack of Vitamin D
5)Vitamin A Deficiency will affect the eyes.
6)Pellagra and Beriberi are associated with corn and rice diets, but seen in the US primarily in people with bizarre food habits and alcoholics. Pellagra results from lack of nicotinic acid, and Beriberi is a lack of thiamine and vitamin B1.
7)Water and sodium/potassium deficiencies resulting in dehydration. Please see an early post on proper hydration for you.
8)Nutritional anemia's are many: iron, iodine, etc.
9)Dental - from poor diet.
How do we overcome these deficiencies? Supplementation. Good supplementation without synthetics. Real Food Technology supplements.
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