Stress and Mineral Depletion

Stress and Mineral Depletion

Stress — be it psychological or environmental, chronic or acute — can alter nutrient status. A 2020 literature review presented evidence of stress-induced alterations of three minerals; magnesium, zinc, and iron1. The following article summarizes their findings. ...
Alcohol and Vitamins

Alcohol and Vitamins

Chronic alcohol abuse can cause vitamin deficiency by depleting nutrients in three major ways: decreasing nutrient consumption, enhancing malabsorption, and increasing excretion. The former is due to alcohol’s suppression of appetite, along with the tendency to...
Why take zinc supplements?

Why take zinc supplements?

When zinc levels are low, your body can start malfunctioning. With this vital mineral so susceptible to under-consumption and depletion through common lifestyle factors, taking zinc supplements seems like a no-brainer. But it’s not that simple. If you’re taking zinc...
What weakens the immune system?

What weakens the immune system?

Aside from immune system diseases, most of the factors that weaken the immune system are preventable — like stress, lack of sleep, and alcohol intake. If you can avoid a generally healthy lifestyle, you can avoid many of the circumstances that weaken the immune...