The Mayo Clinic reports that nearly seven in 10 Americans take prescription drugs – antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids were reported as the most common prescriptions given. A whopping 20 percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications. A quick overview:
Medications that Deplete Your Nutrients
- Statins: Traditionally taken in association with lowering cholesterol, but recent new cholesterol guidelines have widened the group and criteria of the recommended candidates.
- Antibiotics:Commonly used to fight against bacterial infections, certain fungal infections and some kinds of parasites; Think bladder infections, sinus and ear infections, and strep throat.
- Antidepressants: The New York Times reported that one in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication.
- Oral Contraceptives: Also called “the pill” and intended to reduce the risk for unintended pregnancy. Combined oral contraceptives contain the hormones estrogen and progestin. They are prescribed by a doctor.
- Diabetes drugs: Among adults with diagnosed diabetes, 58% take oral medication, reported the American Diabetes Association.
- Antacids: An over-the-counter medication, used to treat heartburn, which helps neutralize stomach acid. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
One of the side effects of these prescriptions is that, while they treat certain conditions, they can deplete certain nutrient levels in the body, from iron and zinc, to selenium and magnesium.
Why are these nutrients important? Because upsetting the precarious balance of these micronutrients that keep your body functioning could be the difference between a healthy you, or incurring chronic diseases and conditions, like hypothyroidism and anemia, among many others.
Use the handy medicine cabinet below to identify the medication and empower yourself by learning more about these common nutrient-depleting medications. The graphic also teaches actionable tips on how to take control of your health through supplementing and eating your vitamins and minerals – share with a loved one or friend. Want to embed it in your own blog? We included that information below – go for it:
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How WellnessFX can help
To test some of the biomarkers we’ve covered in the graphic, such as iron, magnesium, and B vitamins, you can check out the different packages we have available – they range from a basic e-Checkup to a more comprehensive, Premium diagnostic package, and even specialty packages that cover Advanced Thyroid and Women’s Reproductive Health.
We recommend an assessment of these via a biomarker testing in order to have an accurate picture of where you (and total health) are. Your blood cells regenerate every 120 days, so we recommend re-assessment every 4-6 months, after instituting new habits.
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