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Sometimes people have health issues, like feeling tired, or pains in the legs or headaches, different symptoms that may be misdiagnosed as disease. In my experience, the first thing you should do is determine if you are making your basic nutritional requirements, sometimes your electrolytes are off because you haven’t taken in enough basic vitamins and minerals. Particularly if you have erratic eating habits that are not totally healthy. If you do not eat properly it begins to tell in symptoms as you get older.
These are the basic nutritional requirement for over 50’s:
Vitamin D – 600 I.U. to 4,000 I.U. (a large horse pill of fish oil/salmon oil) per day or from fatty fish, fish liver oils, fortified mild and milk products, fortified cereals. The minimum requirement is 800 I.U. if you are over 70.
Vitamin B6 – Men – 1.7 mg – Women – 1.5 mg per day. From fortified cereals, whole grains, organ meats (liver), soy-based meat substitutes.
Vitamin B12 – 2.4 mcg per day from fortified cereals, meat, fish, poultry, milk.
Folate – 400 mcg per day from dark leafy vegetables (spinach, peas, beans), fruit (oranges), fortified flour and cereals.
Calcium – 1,200 mg per day from milk and milk products, tofu, dark green leafy vegetables, soybeans, canned sardines and salmon with bones and calcium fortified foods.
Sodium – 1,500 mg each day or 2/3 tsp. of salt.
In my experience, once you get the basic vitamins and minerals requirements, the symptoms you are experiencing may go away. When your body is getting enough of what it needs, you will feel better not only physically but emotionally. Getting proper nutrition may even help alleviate mental health symptoms i.e. depression etc. In my experience when your body is getting it’s basic nutritional requirements it also grounds a better emotional landscape.
If your symptoms persist, I would consult the doctor. But it would probably be a good idea if the doctor ran tests for electrolyte imbalances first in their diagnostic work-ups. This is a very holistic and natural way, fixing electrolyte imbalances with nutritional supplements. If you can’t afford certain basic foods or nutritional supplements, it is a good idea to shop the sales flyers of the grocery and pharmacy, also soup kitchens serve good nutritional meals and the foodbank as a last resort.
More Info on Electrolyte Imbalances
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