It’s no secret that many people have a tough time sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. One reason for this may be that they lack a clear and proactive plan of attack.
It’s not enough to just say: I’m going to eat healthier and workout more. You have to be intentional and specific:
- I am going to remove processed foods and trans fats from my diet and eat a serving of vegetables at every meal.
- I am going to work out at least three times a week and get up from my desk at work every 30 minutes to move and stretch.
- I am going to have a regular bedtime so that I can get good quality sleep so I feel rested during the day and be less tempted to reach for office sweet when I feel low energy.
In addition to being very intentional, you have to think about what the “missing ingredient” may be to achieving your goals every year. And in our opinion, one missing ingredient may be staying nutritionally balanced through the use of Vitamin IV Therapy.
Although we should be getting most of our vitamins and minerals from consuming a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, it’s pretty much inevitable that all of us will suffer nutritional imbalances and/or deficiencies at some point in our lives.
Around 9 in 10 Americans do not absorb or consume the required amounts of one or more key nutrients from the foods they eat. Some of these nutrients include potassium, dietary fiber, choline, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, D, E and C.
Other reasons why we may suffer from nutritional imbalances and deficiencies include:
- Aging: As we get older, our bodies have a harder time absorbing nutrients from the foods we eat.
- Poor Soil Quality
- Medications. Both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs deplete vitamins and minerals from the body.
- Not consistently following a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.
If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, what you may not know is that nutritional deficiencies and imbalances may prevent you from achieving your weight loss goals and maintaining a healthy weight.
EXAMPLES OF NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES THAT MAY STAND IN THE WAY OF YOUR RESOLUTION TO LOSE WEIGHT?
- Magnesium. This nutrient is one of the major minerals inside our bodies’ cells. Outside of the cells, it is an important cofactor for hundreds of processes and reactions in the body, including energy. Studies have shown that a low magnesium level can slow down the growth of lean body mass (muscle and bone building) and promote an increase in body fat. Many researchers also believe that people with low magnesium tend to have high blood sugar.
- Phosphorus. People who are overweight or obese tend to have high-carb diets (including processed, nutrient void carbs like white rice, white bread, pasta and sweets). Research has shown that high-carb diets increase insulin release, which creates a reaction that consumes a lot of phosphorus. This could mean the phosphorus in the body isn’t available to do other reactions in the body, like burn off food. This low metabolism gets mistranslated to the body as “not enough food,” which may cause us to eat more. Supporting this is the fact that high levels of phosphorus in the body are linked with lower body weight.
- Iron. This mineral may be critical for the energy you need to increase your physical activity. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a component of your red blood cells that delivers oxygen to all the cells in your body. Without adequate iron, your body can’t carry enough oxygen to your vital organs. Low iron levels may leave you feeling quite tired. So you can probably imagine that if you have low iron, you may not feel up for going to the gym and working out (which along with diet, is key in weight loss). Furthermore, excess weight appears to be associated with iron deficiency.
- B vitamins. There is evidence that low levels of B12 may increase the likelihood of obesity. B-Vitamins are also important for the maintenance of adequate energy levels you will need to complete any weight loss program.
At Airport Plaza Spine & Wellness, we offer all sorts of Vitamin IV Therapies that can help you avoid these nutritional deficiencies. Not only will they help you with your New Year’s resolution, but it also will boost your immunity and help with other health issues.
- So there you have it. Whatever your goals or issues may be, Airport Plaza Spine & Wellness can definitely get you on the road to success. And don’t forget to schedule a nutrient test in order to identify any nutrient imbalances or deficiencies you may have. If the test reveals you have too much or too little of a certain nutrient, one of our Board Certified Physicians can work with you on making the necessary dietary changes and recommend which Vitamin IV Therapy is most appropriate.
Enjoy your healthy life and happy almost New Year!