Your Body is Telling you Something

© 2014 Dr. Sharon Norling

Are you experiencing hair loss, chipped nails, dark circles under your eyes, swelling finger joints, acne, or psoriasis? Do you notice swelling of your lower legs, bumps on the back of your upper arms, loss of hair on your arms, or rosacea?

If so, you have a nutrient deficiency. But which vitamins, mineral or amino acids are low? Specialty tests can determine your individual imbalances. This is better approach then going to a drug store or health food store, looking at the multiple selections on shelf after shelf, and just picking a few nutrients that may help. Quality is also an issue. When buying supplements over the counter or on the internet, the research show that 40-50% contain contaminants and 40-50% do not contain what the label indicates. Your health care professional who is trained in nutrition,  who knows your medical history, knows the  supplements and/or medications you are currently taking, and has your lab results is a better resource for you. Individualized care is the key to living your best life. Treating the average is overrated.

Recently, I took an extensive nutritional course given by Drs. Alan Gaby and Jonathan Wright. Both are very well respected published physicians in the field of medical nutrition. This article is based on the course and Dr. Gaby’s new book, Medical Nutrition, 2012 which is 1,500 pages and contains 15,000 scientific references.

If you are a younger woman with hair loss, there is a good chance you may have low stomach acid. In the large majority of cases, incomplete protein digestion with subnormal stomach acid results in low levels of amino acids and essential minerals. In these cases, supplementation with hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules can correct the low stomach acid for better digestion. People with low stomach acid may experience burping or bloating after eating.

Acid is in your stomach for a couple of reasons. First, to digest your food and secondly to kill off the bacteria, viruses, and parasites you eat on a daily basis. If you are taking an antacid or have low stomach acid your food is not getting digested properly. Even if you are eating well you can have nutrient deficiencies. There are many published articles in the medical literature today describing the nutrient deficiencies resulting from the use of antacids including osteoporosis. If you have GERD or heartburn it most like is coming from a hidden IgG food sensitivity which can be determined by a blood test checking 90 different foods. When the patients stops eating the identified foods they are allergic to the stomach and esophagus can heal. These symptoms may also be due to an infection of H. Pylori.

If you are a post menopausal woman with hair loss you may also have the digestive issue. 50% of people at age 50 have low stomach acid and 85% of those over 80 years of age have low stomach acid. This may be why see the older population getting thinner, shorter and frailer. They are nutrient deprived.

If you are a middle-aged woman and have much less hair on your arms and legs than you once did, have your DHEA checked. Based on the level replacing DHEA to the normal level is a good idea. Not only for your hair but it enhances the immune system and decreases the risk of cancer. Thinning hair can be due to low DHEA, thyroid dysfunction, lack of B vitamins, or hormonal imbalance.

If you hair is painful to brush, you probably need more Vitamin D. Have your Vitamin D checked then your doctor can recommend how much you need. Low levels of Vitamin D can cause increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and depression.

If your eyes are chronically red and itching, eye drops from a compounding pharmacy containing vitamin A and vitamin C often relieve these symptoms. “Dark circles” under the eyes may be lack of sleep but often are a sign of hidden food allergies.

Do you have small, red, dilated veins on your nose or cheeks? This can be due to low stomach acid or too much alcohol or both! Stuffiness of the nose may be due to inhalant allergies, but food allergies are often overlooked. Polyps in the nose may be due to sensitivity of salicylates such a aspirin, many artificial colors or flavors as well as foods containing salicylates; raisins, grapes, berries, cucumbers, peppers and beverages.

Is your tongue cracked and grooved? This is a deficiency of folic acid, vitamin B 12, and zinc. Be patient, it’ll take months to clear. When using vitamin B12 or folic acid be sure to use the methylated form; methylcobalamin (B12) and folinic acid or 5-methyl tetrahydrafolate. Sixty percent of people cannot “methylate” so it is best to use the bio available form.

Do you have “canker sore” on your gums?  There is a high probably of food allergies. Also check your toothpaste as sodium lauryl sulfate can contribute to canker sores. Using a probiotic, iron, B12, and folate can also lessen “canker sores”.

Do you get cracks in the side of your mouth? Riboflavin, B2 can make these go away. Acne on the face and chest can be eliminated by removing food allergies, healing the gastrointestinal tract, eliminating sugar, and refined carbohydrates. Add foods that contain zinc and essential fatty acids such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Meat is also high in zinc. Supplements of zinc, fatty acids, selenium, and vitamin E are also helpful.

Persistent pain at the base of one or both thumbs may be relieved by series of daily Vitamin B12 injections. If this works, you probably have low stomach acid and are not digesting your food well or absorbing your nutrients.

Do you have chronic swelling in your lower legs? Make sure you have tests to rule out serious disorders such as cardiovascular, liver, or kidney disease. If these are negative it could be due to food allergies (this is sounding like a consistent theme but is so true), insulin resistance type 2 diabetes, or toxins.

Thick calluses on your heels are often due to low Vitamin A. Use 50,000-65,000 IU vitamin A daily. This is safe in adults. In 2-3 months the callus should be smaller and in 8-9 months they should be gone. Then go back to using only 25,000 IU of vitamin A. If the heels do not have calluses but are dry and cracked, you need to use more essential fatty acids (for the dryness) and zinc (for the cracking). This works for dry cracked finger tips, too.

Nutrient deficiencies can be caused by poor diets, low stomach acid, antacids, food allergies, or gastrointestinal dysfunction. If you can’t digest your food or absorb your nutrients it is only a matter of time before symptoms occur followed by more serious illnesses. The only way we live and heal is by the water we drink, the air we breathe and the food we eat.

To protect your health and help your body heal consider the advantage of using IV nutrient therapies. When nutrients are given intravenously, a higher dose of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and lipids can be given into the blood stream where they are distributed throughout the body. Given IV there is 100% absorption of the nutrients and the body heals faster.

Your body is telling you something. The signs and symptoms are often just the tip of the iceberg as the deficiencies are also impacting vital organs.

This article is not medical advice but serves as information only.

Written by: Dr. Sharon Norling, MBA