Top Medications That Rob Your Body Of Nutrients
Did you know that somewhere between 30 and 50% of the prescription drugs on the market will cause drug-induced nutrient depletion? They rob your body of substances that it needs for good health. And vitamin and mineral deficiencies not only affect your health, they increase your risk for developing disease.
Sadly, this side-effect is rarely noted on drug labels. Even worse, in most cases your doctor doesn’t even know about it or doesn’t discuss it with you.
How Do Some Drugs Cause Nutrient Depletion?
There are basically two ways medications can cause nutrient depletion. One is that a drug can affect the synthesis of nutrients in your body – because, for example, your body makes certain vitamins. A drug might block the chemical pathway and prevent the vitamins from being made. The other way is the drug slows or blocks the absorption of the vitamin or mineral in your digestive tract.
The Most Commonly Used Drugs That Deplete Nutrients
- blood pressure medications
- cholesterol medications
- diabetes drugs
- heartburn drugs
- depression medications
- birth control drugs
- Parkinson’s medications
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Mental Health Drugs
Antipsychotics & Anti-Anxiety Drugs
Synthetic Oral Contraceptives & Hormone Replacement Therapy
Avoiding Nutrient Depletion Moving Forward…
- If you’re taking a medication, especially on a long-term basis, be aware of all of the ways the drug can affect your health.
- Increase healthy food intake and use supplements to replace depleted nutrients.
- If you can discontinue the drug use by improving some aspect of your lifestyle, especially your diet, you really need to move in that direction. All drugs have side-effects and most are toxic to your body, even though they’re prescribed by your doctor who is trying to help you.
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