Check out how healthy your body is

March 24, 2014

An allergy/intolerance clinic to be held in Crossmaglen this weekend will examine common deficiencies of natural minerals and vitamins in the human body, which can result in adverse health effects.

Most minerals in the human diet come directly from plants and water, sources which vary from geographic region to region.  A real concern is the possibility that in certain regions today the contamination of our rivers and streams may have a direct impact on the water supply to households and on the irrigation of lands used to feed animals and grow plant foods. In addition, there are also concerns about the impact of the use or overuse of steroids in cattle, the use of pesticides and insecticides on crops, as well as to how beneficial genetically modified (GM) crops might be in the future.

It is generally recommended that people eat a well-balanced diet to meet their mineral requirements, while avoiding deficiencies and chemical excesses or imbalances. However, supplements may be useful to meet dietary requirements for some minerals when dietary patterns fall short of Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for normal healthy people.

Excesses of certain minerals can prevent the absorption of others, which is one reason that eating a balanced diet is superior to depending on mineral supplements. With the possible exception of iron and calcium, mineral deficiencies are rare among healthy people in developed nations.

Dietary deficiency is unlikely for most major minerals, except in starving people or those with protein-energy malnutrition in developing countries, or people on poor diets for an extended period, such as those suffering from alcoholism, anorexia nervosa or bulimia.  Most people consume a lot of salt, and it is recommended that they moderate their intake to prevent chronic diseases such as stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Anyone with concerns or seeking more information and wishing to have their mineral and vitamins levels checked should come along and speak to Dr Acumed at the upcoming Allergy / Intolerance Clinic.

The event will take place in the Cross Square Hotel on Saturday 29th March from 9.30am until 5.30pm.  Booking is advisable as time slots are limited.