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Rx medications and nutrient deficiencies

More than 66% of US adults take at least one prescription medication, and this number is increasing. Here are just a couple commonly prescribed medications that often lead to nutrient depletion: Antacids. Often prescribed for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, antacids can be temporarily helpful for reducing uncomfortable heartburn by reducing stomach acid production. However, stomach acids also play a large role in your body’s absorption of nutrients. Research shows that long-term use of antacids depletes key vitamins like B12 and magnesium. Antibiotics. These tend to disrupt the gut flora, killing off “good” bacteria that are needed to absorb nutrients in food. It is common to see low levels of B vitamins, potassium, and biotin as a result of disruptions to the gut flora. Antidepressants. Prescribed to help with mood disorders, these medications can also cause changes to your appetite and food cravings. In turn, this will impact the quality of nutrients your body is getting. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have also been associated with folic acid depletion. #sideeffects #medicationsideeffects #nutrientdepletion #nutrients #vitamins #minerals #antidepressant #Antacid #antibiotics #stomachpain #stomachproblems #functionalmedicine

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