These foods can fix the problem
The Mayo Clinic reports that nearly seven in 10 Americans take prescription drugs—antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids were reported as the most common prescriptions given. A whopping 20 percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications. A quick overview:
Medications that Deplete Your Nutrients
Statins: Traditionally taken in association with lowering cholesterol, but recent new cholesterol guidelines have widened the group and criteria of the recommended candidates.
Antibiotics: Commonly used to fight against bacterial infections, certain fungal infections and some kinds of parasites; Think bladder infections, sinus and ear infections, and strep throat.
Antidepressants: The New York Times reported that one in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication.
Oral Contraceptives: Also called “the pill” and intended to reduce the risk for unintended pregnancy. Combined oral contraceptivescontain the hormones estrogen and progestin. They are prescribed by a doctor.
Diabetes drugs: Among adults with diagnosed diabetes, 58 percent take oral medication, reported the American Diabetes Association.
Antacids: An over-the-counter medication, used to treat heartburn, which helps neutralize stomach acid. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
One of the side effects of these prescriptions is that, while they treat certain conditions, they can deplete certain nutrient levels in the body, from iron and zinc, to selenium and magnesium.
Why are these nutrients important? Because upsetting the precarious balance of these micronutrients that keep your body functioning could be the difference between a healthy you, or incurring chronic diseases and conditions, like hypothyroidism and anemia, among many others. Check this infographic for foods that combat these medicine-induced shortfalls.