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Probably you are thinking, “Hey, what is she talking about, I take a multivitamin (or eat a good diet)?!” But, it’s true. Most adults are deficient in these 3 nutrients – and it’s affecting how you feel, see and age! Check out why it’s so common to be deficient in these nutrients, how it may be affecting your health and what you can do about it.
As we age, our body appears to have trouble maintaining a healthy level of taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that acts as a building block for proteins, and as an antioxidant. In the eye, taurine deficiency appears to be linked with retina dysfunction. Uh, oh! You need your retina to be able to see. Luckily, studies show that providing the eye with more taurine in your diet may help. Taurine can be found in foods like seaweed, brewer’s yeast and fish. Eat up!
6 Nutrients Important to Keeping Eyes Youthful:
- Antioxidants (zinc, vitamin C)
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Eating taurine-rich foods may also be a smart choice for your brain. Taurine deficiency could be affecting your brain function as you’re aging. Over time, brain’s cell have a harder time sending and receiving GABA – a messenger that helps your brain’s cells talk to each other. If your brain has enough taurine, it can interact with GABA in a positive way. Research are now thinking we may be able to help reduce or reverse some age-related decline in our brain’s function with the help of taurine. Now, that’s some real food for thought!
2. Vitamin D
Almost every Canadian is deficient in vitamin D. Let’s face it – it just ain’t that sunny in the Great White North. (Sun exposure on your skin is your primary source of vitamin D). Since vitamin D is not available in many food sources – only fortified packaged foods such as milk and some soy and almond milks – most of us are left deficient in it. Why should you give vitamin D some thought? New research out of Australia, is showing vitamin D deficiency causes negative changes in the brain as we age. Yikes! And, a lack of vitamin D in your brain could be increasing your risk of schizophrenia.
Hold your horses! Those joints of yours may want you to keep reading. In 2017, a British Medical Journal paper reported that adults with rheumatoid arthritis had low levels of vitamin D in their bodies. Vitamin D appears to play a role in immune regulation (that means keeping your immune system in check so it doesn’t over-react and create a bunch of inflammation, or under-react and leave you susceptable to getting sick). What can you do? Heading south to lay on the beach is one nice thought. You can find sources of vitamin D other than sunshine. For example, many fish oil supplements contain added vitamin D. Or, go to the traditional source – cod liver oil has always been an excellent natural source of vitamin D.
How to Know if You are Deficient in Vitamin D?
You may be if you struggle with these symptoms:
- Trouble Thinking Clearly
- Weak or Brittle Bones
- Poor Immunity
Do you drink coffee, tea or other caffeinated drinks? Right, I know! In today’s high-paced world, reaching for a cup of java, or a bit of tea is a common event. But, caffeine triggers your kidneys to release magnesium from your body. Uh, oh! You need that magnesium to help your bones, muscle and brain function properly. Found in dark leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds you are hopefully eating lots of magnesium-rich foods everyday (they are key parts of the Aging Bites Diet).
5 Signs Your Deficient in Magnesium:
- Trouble Sleeping
- Muscle Cramps
- Anxiety or Depression
- High Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar Control Problems