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Studies show that most people have some level of nutrient depletions. For example, 1 in 4 Americans are at risk for malabsorption nutrient deficiency, meaning that the food they eat does not get digested and absorbed normally. Many more Americans are at risk for nutrient depletion because of food choices and our Standard American Diet (“SAD”). Both fast food and processed foods (essentially any food that is packaged and has an ingredients list) contains “empty calories”, which are nutrient poor.

So, what are nutrients and why is this information important? Peak health occurs at the level of your cells and health happens when, and only when, all of the nutrients your cell needs are present in their optimal amounts. Nutrients are the specific substances that your cells need in order to survive and do their jobs properly.

If you are overweight, have diabetes, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, or any other chronic disease, your metabolism is not functioning optimally and are highly likely to have a nutritional deficiency. As one example, both zinc deficiency and vitamin D deficiency are implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes. Both these nutrients are vital to immunity and wound healing.

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