I meet with so many Warriors who tell me they’re eating
nutrient-dense foods, so they wonder if they need to take supplements too. I
usually tell them that even if they’re consuming high-quality foods, they may
not be getting the benefit from all the nutrients they contain. Why not?
If you’re taking any kind of prescription or over-the-counter medications or remedies, you should be aware that they can significantly deplete nutrients or mess with your body’s ability to absorb the good stuff that’s in the foods you eat. Surprisingly, almost everybody I know who gets their levels tested turns out to be low in more than one nutrient.
over-the-counter or prescription medications are designed to decrease stomach
acid, which is problematic because you need stomach acid to digest your food.
Antacids also sap calcium, phosphorus, folate, and potassium.
Antibiotics: Any time you
take antibiotics, they decrease B vitamins and vitamin K.
medications: Prescription medicines that fight diabetes also decrease
CoQ10 and vitamin B12.
pressure medicines: Taking medicine to lower your blood pressure can reduce your
levels of vitamin B6, vitamin K, CoQ10, magnesium, and zinc.
options like ibuprofen decrease B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K,
folic, calcium, zinc, and iron.
medications: Statins do more than lower cholesterol levels. They also
cause a drop in omega-3 fatty acids and CoQ10.
contraceptives: The pill is one of the worst offenders when it comes to
robbing your body of important nutrients. Oral contraceptive decrease B
vitamins, magnesium, folate, zinc, serotonin, and tyrosine (the amino acid
building block for dopamine).
If you’re taking any of these medications, you need to get serious about replenishing your nutrients with supplements, such as a multivitamin, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and probiotics. I think of supplements like an insurance policy. You’re covering all your bases.
To find out more about medications that steal vital nutrients from your body and brain, listen to the “Do You Really Need Nutritional Supplements” on the Brain Warrior’s Way podcast. And use the promo code TANA21 to receive 21% off at the BrainMD store.