Vitamin Needs: Decode Your Nutritional Puzzle

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Hey there, fellow health enthusiast! You've stumbled upon this blog because your Symptom Burden Assessment shouted loud and clear about your Vitamin Needs. In this blog, we will explore the essential role vitamins in your overall well-being and provide practical solutions to alleviate your symptoms. Let's get started!


Vital Vitamins: How They Support Your Body

Basic vitamins and minerals are what is used to run ALL biochemical pathways: proper cellular respiration and energy production, prevention of virtually all chronic disease, hormones, detoxification, brain function... everything! Vitamins are like the superheroes of our body, playing essential roles in keeping us healthy and thriving. Each vitamin has its own unique superpower that supports different aspects of our well-being. Vitamin C swoops in to strengthen our immune system and keep our skin glowing. Vitamin D teams up with calcium to build strong bones and keep our mood sunny. The B vitamins provide the energy boost we need to conquer our day, while vitamin A ensures our eyesight is sharp and our immune system is on high alert. These vitamins work together as a dream team, ensuring our body functions at its best. So, when it comes to meeting your vitamin needs, it's important to understand their superpowers and make sure you have the right balance for your body's optimal performance.


Symptoms that Speak Your Language:

Let's take a look at the symptoms that may be waving their red flags due to potential vitamin deficiencies. Don't be surprised if you recognize these mischievous signs wreaking havoc in your life:

  • Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy can be a sign of vitamin B12, vitamin D, or iron deficiency.

  • Frequent illnesses, slow wound healing, and recurrent infections may be linked to insufficient vitamin C, vitamin D, copper and/or zinc levels.

  • Dry, rough, or flaky skin, as well as frequent acne breakouts, can indicate a deficiency in vitamins A, C, E, or essential fatty acids.

  • Experiencing hair thinning, hair loss, or brittle nails might be associated with inadequate levels of biotin (B5), vitamin D, or iron.

  • Memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and mental fatigue can be linked to insufficient levels of vitamin B12, vitamin D, or omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, irritability, and anxiety could be related to deficiencies in vitamin D, B vitamins, or omega-3 fatty acids.


If any of these symptoms hit close to home, trust me, you're not alone. I, too, struggled with debilitating fatigue that seemed to weigh me down every single day. It felt like I was constantly dragging myself through life, relying on sheer willpower to accomplish even the simplest tasks. The exhaustion was overwhelming, and no amount of sleep or rest seemed to alleviate it. Or the dry skin that seemed resistant to even the most hydrating lotions, persistent breakouts that were supposed to fade away with adulthood, and the heartbreaking experience of hair loss and bald spots.

But let me tell you, there is hope. By addressing underlying vitamin deficiencies, I was able to witness a transformation in my health and well-being.Yup, these can all be signs your body is lacking key nutrients it needs to function – even if you’re consuming them!


The Ripple Effect: How Fatty Acids Influence Your Well-Being:

As you can see, vitamin deficiencies don't limit themselves to just one area of your body. They can affect various systems within your body, causing a domino effect on your overall well-being. Here's a glimpse of the connections between vitamins deficiencies and other key areas:

  • Upper GI: Vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and zinc are important for digestion in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
  • Liver: Primary role is detoxification and it relies heavily on a plethora of nutrients to effectively eliminate toxins. Without these vital nutrients, toxins can accumulate, leading to brain fog, relentless fatigue, and pesky pathogen overgrowth. Keep an eye out for B vitamins 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, vitamin C, E, and essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc.
  • Kidneys: These mighty organs have an impressive resume. From filtering blood to red blood cell production, detoxification, and maintaining mineral balance, they do it all. Let's focus on their role in red blood cell production, for example. We need vitamins B6, B9, B12, vitamin A, and critical minerals such as iron, copper, and zinc.
  • Adrenals: Your adrenal glands are the unsung heroes of stress management, and they have a special craving for vitamin A to keep them functioning optimally.
  • Female Hormones: Ah, the intricate dance of female hormones. They rely on a symphony of vitamins and minerals to maintain harmony. While the specific needs vary, ensuring an adequate intake of essential nutrients like vitamin A, D, E, K and B vitamins can help support the delicate balance of female hormones.
  • Immune System: Your immune system is your shield against invaders, and it needs proper nourishment to function at its best. Vitamins and minerals play a critical role in fortifying your immune defenses. Ensuring a well-rounded intake of essential nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, B vitamins, and key minerals like copper, and zinc can help support your immune system's resilience.

By understanding how each organ relies on specific vitamins and minerals, we gain insight into the intricate web of connections within our bodies. So, let's take a proactive approach to meet our unique vitamin needs and unleash the incredible potential of our health!


Vitamin Deficiencies? But Why Tho? 

It's important to understand that nutrient deficiencies themselves are not the root cause but rather a symptom of underlying issues within our bodies. When I see this pop up for a client I always like to get specific with functional testing to find out exactly what nutrients are missing and and what functions of the body are feeling it the most. To get to the root cause, I look at possibilities like: 

  • Are these nutrients lacking in the diet?
  • Are there gut issues going on? Malabsorption, poor digestion or low beneficial bacteria. 
  • Are there pathogens competing for nutrients, like B vitamins?
  • Or could the body be hiding iron, for example, because it’s a major food source for invaders. 
  • Are there toxins and/or medications blocking absorption? 


Did you know that the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA/RDI) are merely designed to prevent severe deficiencies like scurvy or vitamin C deficiency, not to optimize our nutritional well-being? For instance, the RDA doesn't account for a high-fat diet, which doubles the need for riboflavin, while weight loss increases the requirement for thiamin. Keep in mind that these recommendations are based on a 150 lb male, while women have slightly different micronutrient needs.


Your Path to Lasting Relief: Taking the Next Steps

Now picture a life where fatigue is replaced with boundless energy, and you no longer rely on caffeine or naps to make it through the day. Your skin radiates a natural, youthful glow, surpassing any lotion's promise. The breakouts that once plagued you begin to heal, and you regain confidence in your skin's appearance. And as you comb your fingers through your hair, you notice new growth and strength, bidding farewell to the days of worrying about thinning hair and bald patches.

This^^ is what I want for you –– and it's totally possible!

It's so important to take a holistic approach to restoring vitamins. Simply addressing the deficiencies without identifying and addressing the underlying causes is like treating the symptom rather than the source of the problem.

Here are some of my best recommendations for improving your nutrient status: 


Optimize Nutrition with Animal-Based Foods: 

If you're not actively seeking out nutrient-dense foods like organ meats or shellfish, it's highly likely that you have at least one nutrient deficiency. To ensure you're getting the most out of your nutrition, prioritize animal-based foods that are rich in essential nutrients. For the most nutrient-dense options, consider the following priorities in order:

  1. Organs
  2. Mollusks
  3. Fatty fish
  4. Eggs
  5. Meats (organic, pasture-raised)
  6. Veggies

Aim to include a minimum of 30 grams of protein from animal sources in each meal. These proteins are highly digestible and provide the necessary building blocks for your gut's repair and maintenance. Not to mention, nutrients in their correct form that are ready for you to use! To dive deeper into the benefits of animal-based nutrition and learn how to harness its simplicity and effectiveness in healing your body, I invite you to explore my DIY course, Healthy Belly Nutrition. It's a valuable resource for unlocking the potential of animal-based foods in optimizing your health.


Address Gut Health for Effective Nutrient Absorption: 

It's important to ensure that you're actually absorbing these nutrients –– hello gut health! Use this blog series, and your Symptom Burden Assessment, to help you address the factors that lie upstream. Consider factors such as lacking nutrients in your diet, malabsorption due to poor digestion or gut issues, low beneficial bacteria, pathogens competing for nutrients, and the potential impact of toxins and medications blocking nutrient absorption. This would be great opportunity to work with professional trained to address these exact things. Lucky for you this is my jam :) See our services here


Foundations Protocol:

Your Starting Point for a Healthy Reset!

At the heart of our approach lies the recognition that supporting foundational aspects of your health is the first step towards achieving optimal well-being. We also believe that addressing key elements like liver and gallbladder function, regular bowel movements (2-3x/day), efficient digestion, optimal nutrient status, and effective toxin removal can lay a solid groundwork for overall health. 

Think of our Foundations Protocol as a cleansing, purifying, and resetting experience—a spring cleaning for your system. By prioritizing these essential aspects, we create the ideal conditions for your body to thrive and naturally restore balance. Whether you seek to boost energy levels, promote glowing skin, or address chronic health concerns, this protocol is designed to serve as your starting point towards holistic well-being. Add our Foundations Protocol  (where I've added my favorite multivitamins)  to Healthy Belly Nutrition and you have a fool proof wining combo!


Dive Deeper with Me: 

Work directly with me for a comprehensive approach. Together, we'll dive deeper into your specific concerns, conduct functional lab testing if needed, address gut health issues, create personalized protocols, design customized meal plans, and provide ongoing guidance and support. With our collaboration, you'll not only address your mineral status but also tackle the underlying root causes for lasting health and vitality. See our services here


Congratulations, courageous soul! You've embarked on a thrilling quest to unlock your energy and find true balance by addressing your Vitamin Needs. Armed with knowledge and strategic solutions, you're ready to conquer any health challenge that comes your way. Embrace your inner health hero, seize control of your well-being, and get ready to live a life brimming with vitality, joy, and boundless energy. The adventure awaits—so take that first step towards your transformative path today!


Remember, this information is for educational purposes only and doesn't replace personalized medical advice. It's always best to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and individualized guidance based on your specific needs.


Here's what some of my one-on-one clients have to say about these exact strategies and tips I'm sharing here:


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Hi, I'm Elishia!

Your Gut Health Nutritionist. I'm on a mission to revolutionize healthcare by supporting women who have been dismissed by traditional methods. With a holistic approach, I uncover the root causes of issues like poor digestion and exhaustion, guiding my clients towards vibrant health and a positive relationship with food. Join me in my blog series to gain transformative insights on understanding your body and embracing a new approach to wellness.