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Nutrient Deficiencies

For our bodies to function normally, we need specific micronutrients. Lacking any of them can mean experiencing long-term discomfort and poor health—and it may increase your risk of developing a chronic disease. Find out which micronutrients you need to be healthy and learn the best strategies for avoiding nutrient deficiencies.

The Nutrients You Need to Stay Healthy

Our bodies need a vast array of nutrients for optimal health. Nutrients like folate, choline, magnesium, and vitamins D, A, K2, and B12 all play crucial roles in our health. A deficiency in any of these can cause serious chronic illnesses like depression, cardiovascular disease, metabolic dysfunction, and cancer.

Want to learn more about the micronutrients you need to stay healthy? Check out the resources below.

The Nutrients You Need to Avoid a Deficiency

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Should You Supplement?

In general, getting the nutrients you need through food is the best way to experience their full effect. In many cases, your body needs the other enzymes and nutrients present in whole foods to absorb them properly. When those micronutrients are isolated, they often don’t carry the same health benefits.

However, there are situations where it makes sense to supplement. The key point is, if you’re going to supplement, do so wisely. Find out more about when supplementation may be necessary to avoid a nutrient deficiency.

Does It Make Sense to Supplement?

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How to Eat a Nutrient-Dense Diet

The best way for us to avoid nutrient deficiencies is to eat a nutrient-dense diet based on whole foods, not processed goods. That means choosing meals that have a high nutrient density, like organ meats, seafood, beef and other forms of meat, full-fat dairy, eggs, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Learn more about which foods have the highest nutrient density and how to maximize your nutrient intake.

Maximize Your Nutrient Intake

This nutrient-dense meal includes organ meat and shellfish.

What Is Nutrient Density and Why Is It Important?

You’ve probably heard the term “nutrient density,” but do you know what it means? I’ll explain the concept of nutrient density and you can use it to choose the right foods for your nutrient needs.
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser

How to Maximize Your Nutrient Intake—with Chris Masterjohn

Today we talk with Chris Masterjohn about nutrient density and how to incorporate that knowledge into your daily food choices.
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Why Local Trumps Organic for Nutrient Content

A study at Stanford claimed that organic foods are no healthier or safer than conventional alternatives. However, they're not acknowledging some vital info.

How to Eat More Organ Meats

While organ meats have gotten a little more attention in the Paleo community recently, many people still don’t quite appreciate how vital it is to include these nutritional powerhouses in their regular diet.
Revolution Health Radio podcast, Chris Kresser

Vegetables – How Many to Eat and What Kinds

In this episode, our primary discussion centers around a listener question about vegetables. Be sure to tune in for the full scoop!
These beef bones and vegetables can be simmered to make a nutritious bone broth that yields a lot of benefits.

The Bountiful Benefits of Bone Broth: A Comprehensive Guide

Meat bones are used as a base for delicious stock. It is the secret to cooking great recipes. Learn more about bone broth and why you should make it a staple in your diet.
Eating bone broth in a soup—like this man is doing—is one way to eat gelatin.

You Need to Eat Gelatin. Here Are the Reasons Why.

Gelatin may keep osteoporosis at bay, heal your gut, help you sleep and many other valuable health benefits. Check out all the reasons you should eat gelatin, plus how to incorporate it into your diet.
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How Does Nutrient-Depleted Soil Impact Our Food, and What Can We Do to Fix It?

The nutrient content of our soil directly impacts the nutrient density of our food. Find out how modern agriculture is leading to soil depletion and what we can do to stop the problem.

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