Nutrition

Are drugs depleting your nutrients?

December 28, 2019

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Did you know your prescriptions might be depleting vitamins, minerals, and hormones?

The very thing you count on to help your child, might be making them feel worse.

Albuterol: Magnesium and Calcium

For example, albuterol inhalers deplete magnesium and calcium. Magnesium is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Low magnesium can lead to muscle cramping, elevated blood pressure and nervous anxiety. Magnesium and Calcium deficiency both lead to bone loss, which can result in frequent injuries, fractures, and pain. Calcium is also critical for cardiovascular function. It plays a critical role in contraction of the heart muscle, as well as clotting of the blood after injury.

Steroids: The ultimate depletion

Another commonly prescribed drug class is corticosteroids to treat inflammation. These are often prescribed to treat skin irritations, asthma, allergies, sports injuries, and respiratory infections like croup. Corticosteroids are known to deplete Vitamins A, C, D, B12, calcium, chromium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc

Solution

When nutrients are being depleted, it’s important to replace them in order to avoid unnecessary side effects. Unfortunately, most prescriptions do not come with this information.

Click here for a downloadable chart of common drugs and their nutrient depletions.

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