Besides the countless side effects that come from prescription drugs, they also deplete your body of many essential vitamins and minerals. Clinical pharmacist, and founder of LaValle Metabolic Institute in Cincinnati, Jim LaValle says that many people do benefit from prescription medications, but to avoid drug-induced nutrient depletion, it is mandatory to replenish your body in other ways. Dr. LaValle shows your viewers the top five "must haves" when it comes to their natural medicine cabinet:
1) Probiotics should be a mandatory suggestion for people who are on antibiotics, H2 blockers and even oral contraceptives. The beneficial flora of the probiotic dictates absorption of vitamins and minerals, plays a major role in immune response, reduces the development of allergies and helps metabolize hormones.
2) Coenzyme Q10 is an essential cofactor in producing energy in every cell in your body. Depletions can lead to muscle weakness, aches and soreness. It is also essential to help with glucose regulation and reduces damage to neurons in the brain, protecting against Alzheimer's and the progression of Parkinson's disease.
3) Magnesium supplementation should be mandatory for nearly 80 percent of Americans who do not get the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA). Low magnesium has recently been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. In addition low magnesium can lead to muscle cramps, muscle spasms, leg weakness, elevated blood pressure, palpitations and headaches. Drugs that deplete your body of magnesium include blood pressure medications and corticosteroids.
4) Folic Acid deficits are associated with the development of depression, memory loss and increased colon and breast cancer risk. In addition, it can lead to increased risk of birth defects and cervical dysplasia. It is depleted by drugs like oral contraceptives.
5) Vitamin D is depleted by a wide range of drugs and nearly 50 percent of healthy children and adults are deficient in this essential nutrient. You can even become deficient in vitamin D if you live in a low sunshine area, like the Midwest. Some drugs that lead to this deficiency are: H2 blockers, oral contraceptives, corticosteroids and proton pump inhibitors. Low vitamin D leads to reduced glucose regulation, osteoporosis, increased risk of hip fractures (proven in the acid blocking drugs) and increased risk for various cancers.