Iron is a critical nutrient for women, and yet as many as 30% of women of child-bearing age are deficient. Iron deficiency causes fatigue, breathlessness, and hair loss. Pregnant women have a particularly high need for iron. Others risk factors for deficiency include low dietary intake, heavy periods due to fibroids or other condition, under-active thyroid, gluten sensitivity, or other gastrointestinal conditions.
Please also see: Why I Prescribe Iodine for Breast Pain, Ovarian Cysts, and PMS.
It is simply NOT safe to take the high-dose iodine promoted by some practitioners and websites. Megadoses of iodine cause acne, thyroid disease, and other disorders. (1)
Why the confusion? Why does the most popular natural treatment FOR thyroid actually HARM thyroid?
"Magnesium is the original chill pill" - Dr. Emily Deans (psychiatrist)
"The possibility that magnesium deficiency is the cause of most major depression... is enormously important to public health and is recommended for immediate further study." – Dr Eby
"...we could cut our rate of heart disease by one-half if we took more magnesium." - Dr. Carolyn Dean
Zinc is essential for DNA repair. Even mild zinc deficiency causes DNA strands to break (1), which increases the risk for cancer and other health problems. According to professor Emily Ho at Oregon State University, DNA damage occurs even when the zinc deficiency is too mild to be picked up by a blood test. In her research, zinc supplements reversed the damage.
Zinc has a profound influence on our genes and the enzymes that they make. That is why zinc deficiency affects so many things from skin to brain to hormones.
Zinc comes mainly from red meat and is difficult to absorb. Could you be zinc deficient?