Do you skip breakfast because you’re running late to your job? Do you eat a lot of processed foods and very few fresh fruits and vegetables? Does your new baby or your Facebook account keep you from getting enough sleep at night? If you’re like most of us, you can probably answer “yes” to at least one of these questions. The normal stresses of busy modern life help reinforce these bad habits.
“Why do I feel so tired and run-down?”
According to doctor Shiva Lalezar, “If you have poor eating and sleeping habits, you are setting yourself up for adrenal burn out. It makes sense that you will feel tired and run-down, but you’d be surprised how many patients come to me complaining of these problems and never even see the connection to their lifestyle choices.”
“Tired and run-down” can be just the tip of the iceberg!
After years of stress, poor nutrition, and lack of sleep – compounded by the inevitable exposure to environmental toxins we get at home, work, and in our food and water – the problems can really snowball. You may become profoundly exhausted all the time (chronic fatigue), feel irritable, and develop brain fog, and that doesn’t begin to address more serious health problems that can occur over the long term.
Vitamin deficiency could be at the root of your problems!
When most of us hear the term “vitamin deficiency,” we tend to think of malnourished African children who were deficient in B vitamins and got diseases with such exotic names as beriberi and pellagra; or we may recall the British sailors from centuries past who didn’t normally eat Vitamin C-containing foods like citrus fruit and thus developed scurvy as a result of severe Vitamin C deficiency.
The above examples are not the kind of vitamin deficiency we are talking about.
Vitamin deficiency is much more common than you think!
Because of poor soil quality, our vegetable and fruits lack minerals and because of the small amounts of vitamins that manufacturers add to food (Vitamin D in milk and B vitamins in bread, for example), the vitamin deficiencies that exist in modern-day America are not usually so obvious – yet they DO exist. In fact, vitamin, mineral, and other nutrient deficiencies are COMMON! Also, what was once considered the minimum required amount of these nutrients (called the RDA, or recommended daily allowance) is now thought by many natural medicine doctors –including Dr. Lalezar– to be far less than the optimal amount for supporting critical processes in your body and for improving your overall health and vitality. And after all, improving your health and vitality is what we’re all about!