I was fortunate enough to visit my Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Ward, in her San Diego office this week! Going to visit her office is an event that ranks on my top-ten-favorite-things-to-do list. It's like Dr.'s office meets spa. You feel better just being in there.
She ran micronutrient tests for the B3 team back in November so I went down to review my results. As many of you know, I've been following a (somewhat) vegan diet for the greater part of the last few months. (Or at least I was until the holidays happened. What can I say, I'm only human?) I was super excited to get my results.
Here's what I learned...
I'm deficient in the following micronutrients:
And I'm borderline deficient in these guys:
• I have stellar levels of antioxidants, which is always a good thing, right?!?
• I had above average levels of a host of other markers: Vitamin K2, CoQ10, E, ALA, C, B1, B2, Folate, Glutamine, Calcium, the list goes on.
Note: I have a beautiful report of my exact levels of many other incredibly interesting vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrate metabolism factors, immune response, etc. However, in the interest of time and your attention span, I'll just focus on the deficiencies listed above.
::: B12 is the most common deficiency in vegans/vegetarians because you can't get B12 from plant foods. B12 is also required to form blood and immune cells and support a healthy nervous system. Sounds important to me! Last year, I was taking a liquid B vitamin in the morning -- those B vitamins are great for energy levels -- but I've fallen off the band wagon. Need to get back on that train.
::: Biotin is required for proper metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. I don't know about you, but I would certainly like to optimize my fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Some symptoms of deficiency include thinning hair, fatigue, irritability and mild depression. Yuck. I will bump up my consumption of nutritional yeast, royal jelly and egg yolks, plus I'm going to consider supplementing for this one. No adverse effects have been noted in people ingesting up to 2000 mcg daily for extended periods of time.
::: Choline is an essential nutrient that is part of cell membranes and is essential for human cell growth. Deficiency symptoms are mostly related to liver dysfunction. Egg yolks are high in choline as well as biotin. Two birds (wink-wink), one stone.
::: I, like everyone else I know, am borderline deficient in D3. Big shock. I spend the better part of my days in an office and my skin is normally covered in a wetsuit when I'm in the sun. So, I'll be researching which D to take. If anyone has a liquid/pill source they like please share!!
::: B6 is an interesting one. It plays a large role in maintaining health hormones levels. You guessed it, and Dr. Ward confirmed it -- this one can be responsible for bit$%iness. Not that I'm EVER a bit$%, hah, but I'll definitely be supplementing, just for good measure. Note to all the men out there: you might want to stock up on the B vitamins for those amazing women in your life who might also be suffering from a B6 deficiency. You can thank me later.
::: Chromium is another one of my favorites to pay attention to. This magical mineral regulates insulin and has a reputation for decreasing sugar cravings. SIGN ME UP! Dr. Ward uses chromium in one of her injectable therapeutic shots called the "Suga Shot." Check our her revolutionary Blend Bar HERE. It's like a cold-pressed juice shop for vitamins! AWESOME!
Such incredible information, such little investment! I would recommend everyone get their micronutrients tested -- why not?! It's super affordable and very informative. You can contact Dr. Ward at (760) 230-4982 for more information. She sees local patients in her office in Encinitas or via phone all over the country.
That's all for now, off to shop for some vitamins on Amazon :)
Goodnight and good health,