What Is Causing Nutrient Deficiencies?
But, why is this happening? Well, the causes vary across the nation and different socio-economic societies. Diet is a key factor. The sheer level of poverty in the country means that about 50% of the population doesn’t have access to hygienic food or water, so worry about a varied diet hasn’t even crossed half of the population’s mind. 3 But the other 50% of the population is suffering because of poor diet, religious (and other) dietary restrictions, and imbalanced meal times, lifestyle choices that prevent absorption of nutrients from food, stress, disease, and more. Sometimes, two or more factors could be affecting your body at one time. So, if you feel like you’ve got the diet part right, tread with caution. There could be other factors that are obstructing the absorption of nutrients. 4
As an Indian, no matter what form of medicinal science you choose to treat yourself with, one fact is clear: a balanced diet and lifestyle is necessary for any substantial change in health. A nutrient imbalance or deficiency can throw you off a healthy lifestyle, cause disease, and affect your mood. In other words, this is bad news for all of us. An imbalance of important vitamins, for example, can cause everything from fatigue to diabetes and immobility. Studies have found that micronutrient deficiencies are also heavily linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, and cardiovascular health issues. Trying to lose weight and just can’t seem to catch a break? This could also be linked to nutrient deficiencies! 5