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Vitamin & Mineral Profile Basic: Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron. Specimen Type: Blood
Vitamins are critical to our health for many reasons. However, when you consider such examples like Vitamin D, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, up to 77% of Americans are deficient. What’s striking is the study also found nearly all non-Hispanic blacks (97%) and most Mexican-Americans (90%) have vitamin D insufficiency. If you’ve not had your vitamin levels tested, Test Smartly Labs can help.
We all have off days or weeks where we don’t quite feel like ourselves. It’s easy to ignore these days, but they may be a symptom of a deficiency. Or maybe you write off a change in your body, such as increased joint pain, as an expected sign of aging. However, these ongoing or occasional symptoms could be a sign of a deficiency due to a dietary change, or your body’s changing need for nutrients. For example, those who live in a climate where there is a distinct winter with the low sun are aware that they may require a vitamin D supplement during the winter since they are not getting the vitamin D they need from sunlight. This can be, amongst other things, why you may feel more lethargic in the winter. With winter supplementation of vitamin D, the lethargy can reverse. Other symptoms of one or more nutrient deficiencies may include:
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You read up on the latest in diet and nutrition and you eat 3-meals a day, including fruits and veggies. So, you can’t possibly be nutrient deficient, right? While most of us think that nutrient deficiency only occurs in third-world countries, studies show that over 90% of people living in the United States are deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral. Wealth and health do not impact this statistic, which is why everyone should consider being tested for vitamin deficiencies. Here are just a few reasons why so many of us are deficient.
Medical bloodwork and lab testing are frequently used to help diagnose diseases, manage medications, and find out personal information like DNA and certain health markers. Another critical reason to get these types of tests done is to check the levels of certain vitamins and minerals found in your bloodstream.
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Why Test For Vitamin Deficiencies?
You read up on the latest in diet and nutrition and you eat 3-meals a day, including fruits and veggies. So, you can’t possibly be nutrient deficient, right? While most of us think that nutrient deficiency only occurs in third-world countries, studies show that over 90% of people living in the United States are deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral. Wealth and health do not impact this statistic, which is why everyone should consider being tested for vitamin deficiencies. Here are just a couple reasons why so many of us are deficient.
Much of The Food We Eat Is Fake
Our schedules get busier by the second meaning that many of us eat a diet high in fast and easy processed foods. Foods that fill us up, have calories, fat, and sugar—but are often lacking in the balanced nutrients our body requires to thrive. When it comes to nutrients, calories don’t count. In fact, even an obese person can be nutrient deficient. They may be overeating but aren’t getting the nutrients they require. We aren’t just referring to fast food, but much of what is sold in grocery stores. “Real food” is found mostly on the perimeter of the store in the average grocery store, and much of what is in the internal aisles falls into the “fake food” category. Most health food stores have higher standards for the food in their aisles.
Fad Diets Are Designed to Deprive
Due to our primarily processed food diets, obesity is on the rise. This leaves many turning to fad diets which are designed to deprive, not to nourish our bodies. While exercise is essential for health, diet is 90% of the weight loss and overall health equation. However, many fad diets are based on extreme caloric reduction which often dips so low that there is no way to consume the full-spectrum of vitamins and nutrients required to thrive. Even if weight loss is achieved, fad diets often leave those who diet hungry, irritable, low on energy, and decreased immunity. These are all symptoms of nutrient deficiencies. Vitamins and minerals keep our body balanced from the inside out, so when a deprivation diet is maintained over an extended period your deficiencies can worsen, cause, or contribute to a variety of chronic health conditions. For example, some high-fat low-carb diet significantly raises cholesterol for some, but not others.
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Vitamin D is both a hormone and a mineral, and it most often comes from the sun. Some, but very few, foods contain it. Most people are not getting enough of it. Why?
There are studies examining this, but one strong finding was:
“The increased inactivity and obesity in the US population has likely contributed to the observed rise in Vitamin D insufficiency.”
Although many have an insufficient Vitamin D level, there are several supplements on the market that can help boost your Vitamin D level. Before you start taking supplements, get your Vitamin D levels checked.
Higher levels of Vitamin D can be tied to:
Vitamin B-12 is all about the brain. From your memory to your moods, checking your vitamin B-12 and folate levels may give you insight into how you’ve been feeling and why. It’s also something doctors may check if you’re anemic, have an abnormal CBC test, or if you’ve been experiencing signs of neuropathy. Before you hit up the vitamin section and start taking B-12, check your levels, and review them with a doctor. Test Smartly Labs is here to run your B-12 test for you. It’s important to know B-12 can interact negatively with some medications. Plus, it’s important to know if you’re suffering from a deficiency before you self-manage your health.
Is a B-12 Vitamin Insufficiency Common?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Low levels of a vitamin can result from eating a poor diet or not being able to absorb the vitamins you consume. Older adults, vegetarians, and people with digestive disorders such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease may have trouble getting enough B-12.” Although B-12 may be a common occurrence in some, it’s also found naturally in animal products like lean meats, eggs, fish, and milk – foods common to many diets. There are additional products on the shelf in supermarkets and nutritional supplements for B-12 that can help boost your levels if your report indicates you’re low.