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Could your meds be causing your deficiency?

Do you take a prescription medication for a chronic condition, or have you been prescribed one recently? Did you know that many medications we take may deplete our nutrients by increasing our excretion of nutrients or impairing digestion, absorption and storage of nutrients? To remedy this you may need to supplement the depleted vitamin/mineral under your doctor’s or pharmacist’s guidance, or eat more foods rich in the nutrient you need. Here are a few examples and food sources…

Metformin, commonly prescribed for diabetes

Depletes Vitamin B12

Food sources: beef liver, sardines, nutritional yeast, feta cheese

Anticonvulsants (Seizure meds e.g. Diazepam, Gabapentin, Levetiracetam)

Depletes Calcium

Food sources: kale, yogurt, kefir, cheese

Diuretics (For hypertension e.g.

Hydrochlorothiazide, Bumetanide)

Depletes Potassium

Food sources: avocado, acorn squash, spinach, bananas

Proton-pump inhibitors (For GERD and peptic ulcers e.g. Lansoprazole, Omeprazole)

Depletes Magnesium

Supplement: Transdermal magnesium oil

Food sources: spinach, pumpkin seeds, almonds, dark chocolate

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