As we age our levels of B12 decrease as our gut function becomes less efficient. In fact this decrease actually begins at age 50 when the mucus membrane in the stomach begins to thin, resulting in decreased production of digestive enzymes and Hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). Stomach acid is essential for the absorption of B12.
A sweet tooth or a mineral deficiency? Why regularly reaching for the chocolate may be a sign of a Magnesium deficiency
Whether you’re reaching for the chocolate or not, the reality is that many of us are magnesium deficient. In fact, I would go so far as to say that almost everyone could benefit from more magnesium in their diet.
Further to this, hypothyroidism is very common after childbirth and with the demands of parenting, is when many women really notice it. The classic description of postpartum thyroiditis includes a phase known as thyrotoxicosis followed by hypothyroidism.
Chronic stress can affect everything! Yes, literally everything in your body. From your hormones and creating imbalances, to inflammation and impaired gut function to name a few. It also lowers hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) which not only puts you at greater risk of parasites and bacteria becoming resident in your gut, it also negatively impacts how you assimilate your vitamins and minerals from your food.