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8 Dangerous Nutritional Deficiencies in Women

August 19, 2019

Dr. Axe: Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here along with Jordan Rubin. Welcome to “Ancient Nutrition Today.” Today, we’re going to be talking about a
topic that is really going to help you females out there. We’re going to be covering the eight dangerous
nutritional deficiencies that can cause a lot of female health issues. It can cause hormonal issues, such as hyperthyroidism,
problems such as PMS. Other issues such as digestive distress, adrenal
fatigue, and a whole lot more we’re going to be covering on today’s episode. And also, we’re on mission today. We want to help women transform their health. And there are millions of women right now
struggling with nutritional deficiencies and they don’t even know it. And it can be causing their hormonal issues,
digestive issues, and many other health conditions today. So be on mission with us. And Jordan, I know that you’ve consulted
thousands of women over the years, helping them get healthy. Talk to me about how common nutritional deficiencies
are in women today. Jordan: They’re very common. In fact, what we’re going to talk about
today are not only specific nutrients, meaning vitamins and minerals but deficiencies in
beneficial compounds that are not a vitamin or a mineral but are very, very important. And to add to what Josh was saying, there
are certain compounds that women need to protect their urinary tract, their brain, energy levels. So if you’re a woman today, you’re going to
learn not only what some of the top nutritional deficiencies are, you’re going to learn what
those are causing in your body and what foods supplements, essential oils and herbs you
need to remedy those deficiencies. And here’s a little secret, these work for
men as well. In fact, so many issues that women have are
mirrored in issues that men have. And we’re seeing that in literature, we’re
seeing that certainly in marketing and advertising today as well. So if you’re somebody who knows someone who
wants to get healthier and sort of understand the complex puzzle that is your health, you’re
in for a treat. Dr. Axe: Jordan, let’s dive right in. Let’s talk about the number one nutrient you
have right here. Iron is a major deficiency in women. Jordan: It is and there’s a reason. When I do seminars and talk to women and coach
them about their health, I have had more times than I count women say that, “I’m low in
energy. I have brain fog, I’m borderline depressed. I just don’t feel alive.” And then they go on to say to me that they
eat a plant-based diet and they list a bunch of other things. And I say, “Well, have you ever considered
eating red meat?” And then they say, “Oh, no. Red meat’s bad for you. I’ve been avoiding it.” And I say, nicely, “How’s that working out
for you?” Folks, here’s the deal. Iron deficiency, which also can lead to hemoglobin
issues, so low hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying protein in the body. So if you don’t transport oxygen, you don’t
feel alive. There’s been this bias against red meat and
particularly in women. Women seem to gravitate towards not eating
red meat. They feel like, “Well, I only eat chicken.” Or, “I don’t eat any meat. I only eat dairy and eggs.” Or, “I don’t eat dairy and eggs, I’m a vegan.” There are way more vegans that are women than
there are men. But the bottom line is, when you’re a menstruating
woman, you lose iron every month. And some loose more than they think. And so I want to encourage you not just for
the iron that it brings, not just for the energy and the brain power and just the general
feeling of wellness, so much more. I want to encourage you, if you’re a female
out there that lacks energy, maybe you haven’t been tested for iron deficiency. You might have a subclinical iron deficiency. I encourage you to eat healthy red meat. I’m talking about pasture-raised beef. Lamb is one of my favorites. Bison is amazing. Venison is amazing. Those are all powerful. And what’s even more powerful, we’ve talked
about this, organ meats. If you really want an infusion of iron, the
richest source out there would be liver and the heart from healthy lamb, beef, venison
and bison. So, women out there, make sure to consume
red meat. I know what you’re going to get ask right
now. I already know it. How much red meat is too much? When you have a taste for it, easily three
times a week, you can consume red meat. Organ meats, once a week. And I promise you, you will see an increase
in iron in your blood. Ferritin levels will go up. Hemoglobin will go up. You’ll feel better. And you’ll prove all those naysayers or meat
haters wrong. Dr. Axe: And we had a few comments and questions
here, Jordan. One said . . . we have one comment from somebody
who’s saying that whenever they take iron supplements, it upsets their stomach. Jordan: Absolutely. That’s very, very common. So iron supplements can be very difficult
on the gut. Also, when I was very ill, I got iron injections. And it’s like this thick fluid, one of the
most painful. There are some forms of irons that are better
to consume in supplement form if you know you’re deficient. That would include fermented, or enzyme-activated
iron. They’re proven to be gentle on the stomach. But typical iron supplements, especially those
that are recommended in hospital settings or by the doctor, can cause constipation,
bloating, etc. But diet won’t do it. And, now, if you’re someone who’s on a plant-based
diet, the best way to get iron, even though it’s in a less absorbable form, is to consume,
in my opinion, green foods that are rich in chlorophyll. So the cereal grasses, parsley, cilantro,
etc. And there are certain herbs that are rich
in iron. And nuts, seeds, raisins, dried foods are
a good source of iron, but it won’t be nearly as absorbable as good old-fashioned red meat. And you know what else is pretty interesting? White meat, or I should say, poultry, dark
meat chicken has iron, fish has some iron, but red meat, iron, the color red is because
it’s got myoglobin, hemoglobin, etc. in the meat. So try to eat a little red meat. If you’re a vegan, go for powerful green foods
and a balance of other fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Dr. Axe: Absolutely. Great advice, Jordan. So again, and if you’re one of those people
with symptoms, especially around the time of menstruation where you’re just feeling
low on energy, just wiped and tired all the time, that could be a big warning sign that
you’re iron deficient. Jordan, let’s talk probiotics. In fact, the thing that I think is so important
about probiotics here is it can actually help support all of these other deficiencies. And so we talk about this all the time, you
are what you digest. Probiotics support digestion. For most of us during our lifetime, Jordan,
most people do not have near enough probiotics in their diet because they’ve taken antibiotics. If you’ve ever taken a prescription antibiotic
drug or you’ve drunk a lot of fluorinated and chlorinated water, you’ve eaten meat
products that are not organic, that have antibiotic residue and all of these other things, we’re
killing off the good bacteria in our guts and we need to be replenishing it daily. We know probiotics are responsible for, one,
nutrient absorption, but even creating certain vitamins and nutrients within your body. So probiotics are actually critical to be
getting in your diet. We know, number one, getting more fermented
foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, Kefir, kvass, coconut kefirs, doing raw cheeses. You know, there are a lot of probiotic foods. But I would say, at the top of the list, getting
some fermented vegetables in your diet daily is really going to help in probiotic. And then take a probiotic supplement. Look for those SBO probiotics, the soil-based
organisms, bacillus subtilis, bacillus clausii, bacillus coagulans, and then also things like
lactobacillus plantarum. But get probiotics in your diet because it’s
going to help with the absorption of all these nutrients. Jordan: Absolutely. So I did in my not-so-great handwriting, talked
about iron being for energy. Let’s go with probiotics for the gut and urinary
tract. Ladies, this is really, really important. When you have consistent urinary tract issues,
UTIs, I believe long-term probiotic use and diet and supplements can really remedy that. So now, let’s go to number three. And vitamin D has so many benefits. This is really easy to determine. If you have the blues, and it’s coming up
on winter, and I don’t know about you, Josh, I don’t do as well with gray skies. I mean, the snow looks cool, but then it’s
the melted snow. Anyway, I’m a Florida guy and I do better
in sunshine. But so many people spend a lot of time out
of the sun in winter climates. Vitamin D is so important for so many areas,
but since we have eight great nutrient deficiencies, I’m going to focus on vitamin D and its ability
to support your mood. That’s an easy one. So we’ll write mood by vitamin D. And here’s
how you get vitamin D in the winter because we know there’s not a lot of sun. Now, when there is sun, in the winter, make
sure to sit out and at least get your face and your eyes and some of your arms exposed. It’s pretty interesting. I haven’t skied a lot, but there are times
when I ski and it’s really sunny and I can get sunburn and windburn, anyway, because
the sun reflects off the snow. You can get sun in the winter, but you can
also consume foods reach in vitamin D. And one of the best is salmon. Another one is the organic meats we talked
about or take a cod liver oil supplement. So vitamin D levels can be measured by your
doctor. They’re not always standard in your physical,
so to speak, or your yearly exam, but ask for vitamin D testing. Go online, even, and look up your
optimal vitamin D levels. If you’re deficient, that’s great news because
you can easily bring them up. And the easiest way to bring them up is supplementation. When it comes to vitamin D, which is really
a hormone, and that’s why it’s so important for your health, I recommend 5,000 to 10,000
IUs a day in supplement form in addition to consuming egg yolks, salmon, cod liver oil,
organ meats, all rich sources of vitamin D. And mushrooms have some vitamin D too. Dr. Axe: Yeah. And I would say the number of people, both
men and women, that are deficient in vitamin D is over 80%. I mean, it is really high. It’s a chronic deficiency people have. And it’s important for mood. It’s important for immunity. It’s important for hormones. It is important for so many things and especially,
as we’re getting into the winter season right now, now is the most important time
to start addressing and taking care of your body and getting vitamin D on a daily basis,
especially in supplement form, as Jordan talked about. Or hey, if it gets warm enough, you can get
outside, get some bare skin in the sun. Absolutely do it. We’ve got to have more vitamin D in our diets. And again, this is a major nutritional deficiency
in women today that’s contributing to mood issues, hormone imbalance, immunity problems,
and a whole lot more. You know, magnesium is really a mineral that’s
responsible for so many different functions within your body. And oftentimes, it’s referred to as the relaxation
mineral. If you’re a person who maybe gets those knots
in your neck and [trap] muscles, that can actually be a warning sign that you’re stressed
and you also have a magnesium deficiency. Chronic constipation issues can sometimes
be related to magnesium issues. So magnesium helps your body relax. It helps it function better. It’s good for the bones. It’s good for a lot, right? Jordan: It absolutely is. And there are a few easy ways to get magnesium
in the body. Number one, consume a wide variety of mineral-rich
foods. So these would be plant foods, herbs, spices. A lot of them . . . a lot of herbs are surprisingly
rich in magnesium. We definitely don’t get enough of it. It’s not in the soil as much as we need
it. So eat a wide variety of plant foods. You can take oral magnesium, which, similar
to iron, can cause some issues if it’s the wrong form, but I like fermented magnesium
or enzyme-activated magnesium. And one of my favorite ways to get magnesium
is to use magnesium oil topically, which is really a sea mineral infusion. You spray it on your abdomen. You can spray it on areas that hurt. It’s great. And if we’re going to sort of characterize
magnesium, I would stress and sleep. Stress and sleep. How many women out there deal with issues
related to stress and cause them not to sleep? So many women, mothers, executives, or both,
carry a lot of weight. The women out there have so much of a burden
on them today more than ever. If you want less stress and better sleep,
magnesium may be called the master mineral. Dr. Axe: Absolutely. Magnesium is huge. As Jordan talked about, green, leafy vegetables
are very high. Herbs and spices are very high, dark chocolate. I know many women’s favorite comfort food
and favorite dessert at least from my wife loves dark chocolate. So again, that’s high in magnesium, cacao
powder. So get some more magnesium in your diet here. Jordan, let’s jump here in the number five,
vitamin K. Jordan: This used to be called the hidden
vitamin. We now know that vitamin D is, arguably, barely
the most important. Years ago, it was vitamin C. Everyone talked
about vitamin C. But vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and it works really in concert with
vitamin K. Let’s start off the bat right away, saying vitamin K is critical for the bones. Now, we could say that about vitamin D and
magnesium and even some of these others, but vitamin K is critical for the bones. It’s critical for the blood. It’s critical for the brain. But by far, vitamin K helps calcium go in
the right place. Notice, we don’t have calcium on here because
we’re looking at the eight top deficiencies. Vitamin K helps your calcium go where it needs
to and stay out of areas where it shouldn’t be. Vitamin K1 is found in green, leafy vegetables. Vitamin K2 is found in natto, which is a fermented
soy food, and dairy, particularly certain types of cheeses. And then it falls off the map. There’s not a lot of dietary sources of vitamin
K. Supplementation is important. I recommend a supplement that is both K1 and
K2 and as somebody asked earlier, what’s the relationship between vitamin K and vitamin
D? There’s a dynamic relationship. You need to consume vitamin K, in my opinion,
if you’re going to consume vitamin D. Got to try to do both. They work together. A lot of vitamin D without vitamin K may not
work as efficiently. Dr. Axe: So vitamin K, critical, as Jordan
is talking about. Jordan, I remember there was a study years
ago and they showed that, actually, women who took isolated calcium supplements actually
had a higher risk for heart disease. And it was believed by one of the researchers,
he said, “One of the issues is that if you’re getting a lot of calcium in the wrong type,
calcium carbonate may even cause calcium occasion the arteries because if you’re not getting
K2, magnesium, and D, these things that really support magnesium absorption, then you may
actually be causing more problems.” So again, rather than taking an isolated calcium
supplement, if you’re going to take . . . and you’re really working on building strong
bones, make sure you’re also getting vitamin K, as Jordan’s talking about, as well as magnesium
and D and supporting building strong bones. Jordan: And it makes a lot of sense because
green foods rich in K1 are also rich in magnesium. And they’re a good plant source of calcium
and people always got sunshine. So if you think about it, this is not some
newfangled science. This is ancient wisdom. This is ancient nutrition. So we’re not giving you something new. We’re putting the puzzle pieces together
based on something that our ancestors have always done. The women of old had such stronger bones. The incidence of osteopenia and osteoporosis
is through the roof. It doesn’t have to be that way. Vitamin K for strong bones. Dr. Axe: Great. I got a question here, Jordan, for you from
Mweb. Do mushrooms contain any vitamin K or D? Jordan: Mushrooms can contain vitamin D. They’re
actually experimenting with various mushrooms that are exposed to UV light. The average mushroom you buy at the store
does not contain a lot of vitamin D because it was grown indoors. But they can contain vitamin D2, which may
not be as absorbable as D3, but the irradiated ergosterol, which is vitamin D2, can still
be an important source of vitamin D. Outdoor-grown mushrooms will have it, indoor not as much. Dr. Axe: Yeah. Another question here, Jordan, can a multivitamin
address all of these nutritional deficiencies? Jordan: If you have the right multivitamin,
you will likely go a long way toward meeting these. But I really would say it this way, a proper
diet according to the principles, that combined with a correct, food-based multivitamin
should get you in really, really good shape as a foundation. Dr. Axe: Well, Jordan, everyone watching this
may want to know what type of multivitamin should I be looking for because there are
thousands of different multis out there today. What are some things to look for on a label
when people are buying a good multivitamin to help with some of these deficiencies? Jordan: Absolutely. Number one, you want it from food. Number two, you want the multi to be organic. And there’s only a handful available on the
market. So make sure that your multi has a USDA organic
seal, then you know that it’s coming from not only food but from organic food. And after that, you want to look for a good
amount or a trace amount of some of these various nutrients. It’s not about having a lot. People talk a lot about potency. Potency is the accuracy by which you hit your
target. Think about it. So it’s not about mass quantities. It’s about the right forms. So we want food, we want organic, and we want
it to be with a broad spectrum of cofactors that you only can get from foods. So if your multi is from foods and it’s organic,
you’re in really good shape. Dr. Axe: That’s great, Jordan. I’m going to be talking about boron here. Now, boron is something to where . . . it’s
probably the least well-known and least popular nutrient, I would say, on this entire list. Jordan: Boron, we’re going to go ahead and
say is for hormones. Now, folks, keep this in mind, each nutrient
has multi-beneficial or multi-systemic effects. But boron we’re going to talk about for
hormones. Now, boron is actually very deficient in today’s
diet. I was reading some research that shows in
ancient Israel, there may have been 10 to 20 times more boron in the soil, therefore
in our foods. Boron is found in plant foods, it’s found
in berries, it’s found in green foods. But you’re not getting as much of it as you
used to. And so it’s really important, when you do
take a multivitamin, you get a small amount of boron because boron is great for hormones
in women and men, especially as you get toward the age of menopause. So I think the average woman in America today
is dreadfully deficient in this very important mineral that can affect hormones. It can affect bones. It can affect the brain. But it really is dynamite. So when you combine boron with K and D and
magnesium, I would take those over calcium any day of the week. Better yet, get them all, but that’s what
we’re really, really missing. Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely. The next one here is zinc. And, Jordan, I’ll write up here in a second,
“immunity” when it comes to zinc. We know that zinc is so important for so many
different functions in the body. Jordan, I remember working with some young
kids when I first started practice. And a lot of parents were bringing their kids
who were struggling with chronic issues with acne. And one of the things we started doing, we
were doing antioxidants in zinc. And zinc had a profound effect on the skin. Also, working with a lot of patients with
leaky gut syndrome and immune-related problems. We know zinc really helps in helping, actually,
the gut lining, as well as your entire immune system. So if you have immune-related issues, skin-related
issues as well, zinc is a critical mineral that we are missing in our diet. It’s also chronically deficient, Jordan, in
female athletes. If somebody is really working out, and I’m
talking about especially CrossFit and endurance athletes, it can drain your body of zinc. And zinc also, if your sympathetic nerve system
stays high, if you have a really high stress response, a lot of emotional stress, it’s
another thing that can drain zinc from your body. So again, zinc, a very important mineral,
especially for the immune system. It’s critical for the health of the gut and
digestive system. Jordan, any other thoughts on zinc? Jordan: I really think that when it comes
zinc in females, it’s so important and underappreciated. It would say it is probably the most important
vitamin or mineral for skin. So we’re going to go skin and immune system. Zinc is found largely in animal foods. So if you’re someone who’s on a plant-based
diet, you’re going to want to get more nuts and seeds. You’re going to want to get more greens, etc. That’ll be a source of zinc. But zinc is also plentifully found in red
meat and is found in seafood as well, and they’re really important sources. Dr. Axe: Awesome. Great stuff. And remember this, if you are . . . As Jordan
talked about just the segment before this, number one, eat a good diet high in vegetables,
organic meat, fruits, very high in those specifically, organic meat, fruits, and vegetables. The other thing is getting a good multi. Remember, certified organic and is food-based,
when you’re buying a multi, to answer that question. Carol says, “How much of a zinc supplement?” Typically, if you’re starting out, I would
say 30 to 60 milligrams a day, probably 60. If you’re sick, you can take upwards of 90
or 100 for a time. But as a maintenance dose, probably about
30 a day. If you know you’ve got minor deficiencies,
probably 30 milligrams a day would be about the correct dosage there. Jordan, talk about vitamin B12 here. Jordan: I think vitamin B12 could be applied
to the brain. Certainly energy. When people think B12, they think energy. But I’m going to just categorize it this way. B12 builds the blood. There’s a disease that is not as common today
as it once was called pernicious anemia, which is B12 deficiency. B12 builds the blood. It helps the cells of the blood function better,
arming your immune system, your brain, and your energy levels. B12 is found in animal foods, once again. And see, that’s the common thing. And I know plant-based dieters get upset. But if you look at a chart of the most nutrient-dense
foods, sure, green food’s going to come up, but we see a lot of red meat. We see a lot of organ meat. We see a lot of egg yolks. We see a lot of fish. There’s a reason. Even dairy products because they are very
nutrient dense, despite what you’ve been told. B12 is not found in plant foods, but your
probiotics can make it. So if you get more probiotics in your body,
you’re going to make vitamin K, you’re going to make B12, other B vitamins as well, and
you’re going to absorb minerals better. B12’s good for the blood, good for the brain,
good for energy, and you can consume it in animal foods or consume a supplement. Again, I would want a food-based or fermented
B12. And you can also get certain B12 analog foods. Spirulina is one. It’s a superfood that contains a compound
that is similar to B12 even though it’s not B12. But when it comes to plant-based diet, major
deficiencies would be B12, iron, I would say certainly vitamin D, and there are a few others. If you are on a plant-based diet, make sure
to be very careful to supplement. Zinc is also one that I would put very high
on my list of supplements. Dr. Axe: Yeah. Jordan, let’s talk about a few common health
conditions for women out there watching. Let’s hit on our top three. If a woman right now is watching and she’s
had issues with her thyroid, what would be some of your top nutrients? Maybe you can hit on one, I can hit on one,
when it comes to thyroid problems specifically. Jordan: Absolutely. This is difficult because there are so many,
but I’m going to go with vitamin D, number one. Vitamin D is critical for proper thyroid health. After all, it is a hormone. Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely, I agree. I would say B12 is another big one there. If you’ve got thyroid issues, look at B12,
look at vitamin D. Also, consider a complex, a B vitamin complex overall, probiotics, and
then herbs like ashwagandha. Jordan, how about adrenal fatigue? If somebody is having adrenal issues, what
are some of your top tips? Jordan: You know, I think if someone is dealing
with adrenal issues, I’m going to go back to B12 because B12 does support stress, as
do some of these others out there. But B12 deficiency really goes along with
adrenal fatigue, based on what I’ve seen. Dr. Axe: Yeah. I’d also mention probiotics here next to
really support the absorption there of all of the B vitamins you’re getting. So B12 and getting a B complex or probiotics,
some of the best things for adrenals. Jordan, how about a woman that is struggling
with immune-related issues like in autoimmune disease? Jordan: Autoimmune diseases definitely correlate
with vitamin D deficiencies. So I’m going to go D and K. Again, I could
recommend each of these nutrients in optimal quantities for autoimmune or inflammatory
conditions. But the D and K combo is critical for your
immune system and your bones as well. Dr. Axe: Yeah. I would mention here as well, probiotics and
zinc also definitely support immune function. And this isn’t a nutrient, Jordan, but I
would say if somebody has autoimmune related issues, bone broth is a superfood they absolutely
want to be getting in their diet. So again, getting bone broth in your diet
with any type of immune-related issues. Of course, it’s good for everything, but that
especially there as well. All right, Jordan. Let’s do a breakdown here and kind of run
through a few things here. So again, number one here, iron for energy. So again, if you are especially going through
your menstrual cycle and you’re at the point to where you’re feeling a little bit light-headed,
just weak and tired, you might need more iron. So get some red meat in your diet and get
some quality iron. You might even try desiccated liver tablets
or something like that, something to where you’re getting more good iron in your diet. Jordan: Absolutely. Probiotics are great for the gut and to keep
healthy urinary tract, not just when you have a UTI. I believe women that take more probiotics
have better reproductive health, have fewer yeast infections, and better urinary tract
health, not to mention the skin, and the immune system, everything else. Dr. Axe: Absolutely here. Vitamin D is huge. Especially if you have seasonal depression. If you notice during the day and it’s gray
out, you’re just feeling a little bit depressed and lack of motivation, that’s a big warning
sign of vitamin D deficiency as well as immune-related issues. And so, I believe everyone, this time of year,
should start getting vitamin D in their diet through a proper supplement, as well as things
like wild-caught salmon and egg yolks, cod liver oil, some good sources. Jordan: Absolutely. Magnesium for sleep and stress. It’s the holiday season and, boy, do you need
it. We need more magnesium. Get it with green, leafy vegetables, various
nuts, seeds and herbs have it. Take a magnesium supplement or topically apply
magnesium oil, maybe even an Epsom salt bath with some lavender. You need more magnesium this time of year
for so many reasons. Dr. Axe: Absolutely. Next thing here, vitamin K. Remember, there’s
a myth out there that calcium is the only thing that builds strong bones. In fact, you need vitamin K in your diet to
build those strong bones. In fact, the other thing we didn’t hit on
here is heart health. Vitamin K is incredible for the heart. So again, for the heart, for the bones, for
your entire circulatory system, vitamin K is a superfood you want to be getting. Jordan: The mineral you’ve probably neglected
that helps balance hormones in women and also men is boron. We don’t get enough of it in our soil. We can supplement with it or consume berries
and other nutrient-dense fruits and some nuts and seeds, all rich sources of boron, which
is really an unsung hero in hormone health. Dr. Axe: Yeah. Hey, if you’re getting down and you’re starting
to get the sniffles, any early warning signs of a cold or flu, that’s a big warning sign
that, hey, you need zinc in your diet. And also, somebody struggling with chronic
acne issues, it’s another warning sign that they need more zinc. Jordan: Absolutely. And B12, great for the brain, energy, but
it is a blood builder. You want to build the blood. If you’re an athlete, if you’re an active
mom, if you have adrenal issues, if you just need a boost, vitamin B12, found in red meat,
found in egg yolks. You can find vitamin B12 analogs in green
superfoods such as spirulina, and even your probiotics, if they’re boosted, makes your
own B12. Dr. Axe: Awesome, guys. Well, hey, we want to mention this as well. As we’ve been talking about, this video, we’ve
been addressing the eight most common nutritional deficiencies in women. And today, there are millions of women that
are struggling with chronic health issues because they don’t know that they might
be deficient in just one of these things that’s causing them to have chronic health problems. And Jordan and I are on mission. And be on mission with us right now. Take a second and punch your share button. If you want to help us spread the word on
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the live video next time as well. Jordan, any last tips here for everybody? Jordan: I’m excited because going into the
time of year where it’s busiest, where it’s most stressful, where you put on the most
weight, even one or two deficiencies in these nutrients behind us can cause serious issues. But, better yet, if you’re deficient, if your
diet doesn’t contain these nutrients, if you’re not supplementing with them, don’t
feel bad, feel great because that means you’re in for a great improvement. I’m so excited to see what happens when you
remedy these eight important nutritional deficiencies to become your best you. Dr. Axe: Awesome, guys. Well, hey, thanks so much for watching. It’s been Jordan Rubin and myself, Dr. Josh
Axe. We’ll be back tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Central Time with another great video. Have a great day. We’ll see you then.


  • Reply Viola Gary December 9, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Also Drs., what about the discoloration or the leaving of my natural color on my fingers and feet. I am an elder of 70+ years, what does it mean ?

  • Reply Rola Eadeh December 10, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Ur multivitamin dr axe is the way to go plus b12 and women multivitamins..thx dr

  • Reply Jen Holmes December 11, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Sickening I get my iron the same place as gorillas & elephants from the ground. I have so much energy & certainly no iron shortage. I love the preventative medicine docs work eg Dr Michael Greger’s work & I highly recommend his site

  • Reply E Fiedtkou December 11, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    What bs are you telling people? Meat organs whether it’s organic or non-organic, it’s very high in cholesterol, and people who has high cholesterol should stay away from it. Why do meat eaters have higher cholesterol than vegans? It’s because of the meat whether red, while, or pink, it’s bad…

  • Reply Giovanna Farnum December 17, 2018 at 1:05 am

    You can't get Iron from eating meat. What about the side effect of eating red meat: parasite, constipation, hormone imbalances etc?

  • Reply Giovanna Farnum December 17, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I like you guys and you have been very helpful to me, but I don't agree with eating any type of animals.

  • Reply Dee Girl December 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Okay if you’re a vegan your not going to want to eat red meat are you?! So what is the alternative for iron.

  • Reply Md Arsalan December 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Please find Hindi trasleat

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  • Reply MARIA SAMMY December 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Eating meat is disgusting. Shame on both of you.Millions of animals are being killed every year so we can eat? Come on!!! Bullshit

  • Reply Shobhana Patel December 30, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    When should take them time and dosages?

  • Reply Krhcdjdvh Jdcjdchdj January 1, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Vitamin d
    Vit. K
    Vit. B12

  • Reply Liz La verde January 4, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Its true what you said i was plant base diet. I start getting problems for me. Now to eat meat again.

  • Reply g go January 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm


  • Reply Beats OddS January 5, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Cool Info..🤗🤗

  • Reply Terese Bellamy January 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you for other options for those who are plant based for heath reasons

  • Reply Sami Cuthbert January 11, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I don't eat red meat as I hate it! Sometimes I will have a gourmet burger. But I can't eat a wee lamb. As for liver….yuck! Take floradix people.

  • Reply Sami Cuthbert January 11, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Floradix iron supplements are the best. Either liquid or tablets.

  • Reply Sami Cuthbert January 11, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Agnus castus for pmt women.

  • Reply Sami Cuthbert January 11, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Quite hilarious watching two men lecture vegan women about pms 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply Sami Cuthbert January 11, 2019 at 8:58 am

    What is the difference between quark and cottage cheese.

  • Reply Nosilla 222 January 12, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    If one is taking NDT and uses vitamin D3 as supplement. Can this influence the liver to convert T4 to T3 more efficiently therefore causing too much T3… therefore causing a rash over the throat area?

  • Reply esquare69 January 12, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I am not going to eat meat! What else do you have to offer for iron?

  • Reply Tisha O. January 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Take iron with senna tea and orange juice or pineapple after a meal

  • Reply Hafise Anwar January 18, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Please remember vitamin D3 is fat soluble, so it is essential you take it with food!

  • Reply hala Shaban January 18, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    You guys are amazing

  • Reply Mariette Teasdale January 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Essential one daily 10 vitamins magnesium 250 mg tablet B -12 calcium 500 + d tablet chew

  • Reply Mariette Teasdale January 19, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Those vitamins are cvs brands

  • Reply Mariette Teasdale January 19, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Is it true that calcium can be dangerous to get altimeters

  • Reply Mariette Teasdale January 19, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Dementica sorry can’t spell when you can’t remember people

  • Reply Mariette Teasdale January 19, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I just got 500 + d tablet chew is this not good I don’t want to be like my mom she couldn’t remember anyone they said you can get this from using this help

  • Reply ty ycha January 20, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Can black seed oil help with all these things or black molasses

  • Reply Gunjan Soin January 25, 2019 at 11:05 am


  • Reply Agnes Kaca January 28, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    i looove bison meat. so delicious. it has improved in my overall well-being.

  • Reply creative solutions February 4, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Iron supplements and red meat are not the only sources of absorbable iron. You guys should know that, and you should know the sources that they come from.

  • Reply Erica Jackson February 9, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Could you please do a video on causes of fibroid tumors and some helps to possibly reducing them or cures? Thanks

  • Reply Denise Galiano February 10, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I know this is from a long time ago but I still go back and fresh myself with knowledge. BUT, WHERE HAS JORDAN BEEN???

  • Reply Phila Barreto February 24, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Everyone is confusing people with their study. My doctor had asked me not to have red meat as my cholestrol level was high. One will go crazy.

  • Reply Laura Swanlund February 25, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Amy Caldarera February 27, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Ooh I am not a doctor, but I must add Selenium. 2 Brazil nuts a day is what I do.

  • Reply Valentina Rigattieri March 4, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you both for your great 👍🏻 video!!!

  • Reply Angie Magana March 11, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Women are Deficient because the meat we eat isn't grass fed that's the main problem in America because all the meat are injected with FREAKN crap to make the cow, chickens, pigs, geese, ect bigger and more harmful to us women if the government would stop putting chemicals in our food all women would b healthy

  • Reply anne dama March 18, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Wow thank you so much great info

  • Reply FriendlyFish13 March 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Great video, really appreciate

  • Reply Nehwend Yosif April 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    We don't have grass fed meat in Montreal.

  • Reply ruka wada April 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

    love u guys

  • Reply Jennifer Van Sweden April 8, 2019 at 1:27 am

    I love you guys Thank you so much. I have so much respect for you both

  • Reply Tabitha Petersen April 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I always have chills and they hurt.. I have stomach problems but it's getting a lot better.. I have reduced my stress, I take a vit b complex, I take Iron sups, but it seems if I don't eat enough or eat on time… Or something I eat will give me chills… Or stomach problems

  • Reply Elena Elmoznino April 21, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I'm wondering why Dr. Axe Multivitamins for women don't have much magnesium.

  • Reply Kelli Ellington April 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I've just been diagnosed with high calcium and diabetes. I'm so concerned about this

  • Reply Laura Cordoba May 22, 2019 at 4:06 am

    If i have dairy allergies, is it ok to take probiotics?

  • Reply Lou Elf May 28, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Thankyou so much this was really helpful.

  • Reply Michelle My Belle June 14, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Blood Builder!

  • Reply Shirley Howard June 17, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Many are trying to heal their auto-immune diseases and have to stay away from meats and oils and all processed and junk foods. Mostly leafy greens. lots of flax seeds and lots of water in smoothies as Dr Brooklyn Goldner-Tadlock states and healed her Lupus. Many have healed themselves.

  • Reply 24starchild July 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    As soon as he turned it over to Jordan I bailed, because I figured the first thing HE was going to do was hustle us to hit the share button. Someone listed already anyway, thank you.

  • Reply Angel Maverick July 5, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    1. Iron – Energy
    2. Probiotics – Digestion/Uti
    3. Vitamin D- Mood/can help immune related issues (Vitamin D + K work well together)
    4. Magnesium- Stress/Sleep
    5. Vitamin K- Bones/heart health/your entire circulatory system
    6. Boron – Hormone health
    7. Zinc – Immunity & Skin
    8. B-12- Brain/blood/energy/adrenal issues

  • Reply Linda Docter July 7, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I had a hysterectomy total would boron help balance the hormones. I have blood sugar's issue.

  • Reply Gergana Maleva July 7, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    very useful video

  • Reply omimita1 July 8, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Does a woman lose iron when you’ve past menopause ? What about men/woman in 50? There are lots Baby boomers coming up and dealing with other issues as well

  • Reply terry mg July 9, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Try floradix. It is a natural liquid iron supplement. Taste good. Made in Germany. Non constipating. .it is excellent. Check it out at the health food store. You will see the wonderfull combination that is in it. Meat, especially red meat i would not take . It is so wrong for the human anatomy and spiritually what it does to you, is a whole another story.

  • Reply Regina Robbins July 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you☺

  • Reply vicki long July 16, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    question, not women related. can you do a video on moringa

  • Reply Lucky Linda 63 July 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    B.S. I am a Vegan….full of energy!!💪💪💪

  • Reply Amy Lampasona July 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm


  • Reply Roxann ier July 23, 2019 at 11:52 am

    This is a phenomenal video with brilliant information. Thank you.

  • Reply Nia Lia July 23, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    How do you determine whether mushrooms were grown indoors vs outdoors???

  • Reply Rei Lea July 24, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    What do you think of cod liver oil? Necessary or not necessary? And should a child take it too? Huge thanks!

  • Reply Terry Broussard July 31, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks guys! You're awesome!
    GOD Bless!🙏🙋💨

  • Reply C Jennings August 1, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Pelvis floor weaknesses? Groin GLANDS inflammation sensitivity prickly sensation discomfort. What vitamins & Minerals are lacking or shortages??? Please asst. Relief needed. Please.

  • Reply C Jennings August 1, 2019 at 12:48 am

    What type or kind of iron is absorbable? Plants? ROOTS??? Is there STARCHES with IRON MINERALS for perky PEP Energy for us older women past menopause???

  • Reply C Jennings August 1, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Some NATUROPATHS have issues about VIT. D: hormones balance. How much is too much??

  • Reply C Jennings August 1, 2019 at 12:54 am

    What is L-Taurine amino acid for? I hear STAMINA ENERGY. EXPLAIN PLEASE?

  • Reply C Jennings August 1, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Pelvis muscle ATTENTION is NEEDED. Neglected health tune UP. Education CARE to preventing discomforts. Preventing falls. & LOW BACK & OR TAILBONE SORENESS in the MORNING. HELP? Please SHOW US. EXPLAIN FUNCTIONS of ligaments Tendons, NERVES, How many KINDS OF GLANDS are in that area & LYMPH glands, Kinds of Sweat glands etc.?? WE NEED better view & UNDERSTANDING Of these Functions/workings??? Before & After menopause. Chiropractic CARE to keep all functions ALIVE!!!😃 KEEP WOMEN FEELING HAPPY!!!😃!!! Or CONTENT:Satisfied! Less MOODY. LESS HEADACHES. LESS CRANKY! & LESS PAIN FILLED DISCOMFORTS. OK 👌👌? Please?

  • Reply C Jennings August 1, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Vit. B-12. ?

  • Reply Bushra Shawkat August 1, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    The god. Plase you

  • Reply Aruna Medeira August 1, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Superb enjoyed your video so much of info for the ladies thank you n God bless you gyz.

  • Reply Sally Rodriguez August 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    PLEASE, need to know best vitamin brands out there .

  • Reply Lisa Hreha August 2, 2019 at 11:50 am

    How much vitamin k?

  • Reply Sath Sah August 2, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Never do a root canal

  • Reply Patrita Blackston August 3, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I love Dr. Axe.!

  • Reply Marie Alvarez August 3, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I have a non alcohol fatty liver and the Dr told me to read meat. Is that a true fact ? Plz let my know ur opinion on this

  • Reply Marie Alvarez August 3, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Sorry but I meant in my message that I sent you that is it true not to eat red meat if you have a non-alcoholic fatty liver

  • Reply Phi Do August 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for very much helpful advice dr. Axe and John.! You're the best doctors I've ever seen.

  • Reply Lisa Gast August 5, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I am a vegetarian I'm not eating red meat I'm not killing cows and I'm not killing any animal so the only thing is is a vitamin is there anything else I can take

  • Reply Lisa Gast August 5, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I take 250 mg of magnesium and it makes me really dizzy what is doing it

  • Reply Kelly Kirkpatrick August 6, 2019 at 12:54 am


    Just go and get some spicoli a powder and or wheat grass juice powder

  • Reply Amy Williamson August 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    How about you make a supplement with all these in them, please?

  • Reply Leslie Natural Hair Chic August 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I drink Geritol for iron because I don’t like to take pills

  • Reply lambylambcurly August 9, 2019 at 12:45 am

    look into homeopathic tissue salts for most of the deficiencies, helped me immensely

  • Reply JOHN 14:6 August 10, 2019 at 12:43 am

    I started taking magnesium and omgsh the difference in my energy and focus is much better!

  • Reply Jeannette Grondin August 10, 2019 at 7:32 am

    How much b12 daily

  • Reply Jeannette Grondin August 10, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Thank you for sharing 😊

  • Reply Melody Patrick August 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I really miss seeing the two of you do videos together, I am a great admirer of you both. Jordan, you were instruments as I began my journey to health as I also have suffered from Crohn’s disease. Josh, you have been helpful in building on the knowledge of keeping my body healthy. I appreciate you both. God bless you!

  • Reply Zuhal G Woolard August 14, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Thank You ! I Like This Is Very Helpful ! 🍉🍉🍇🍇🍋🍋🍒🍒🍆🥦🥝🥑🌶️🌶️🍄🍄🍑🍑🍊🍍🍈🥕🍎🍅🧀🍉🍉🍒🍒🍓🍓🍇🍇

  • Reply Denise Mata August 14, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    What about h-pylori?

  • Reply zimam Gebremedhin August 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I appreciate all your information guys! I was so when I found out whole food sells your collagen powder

  • Reply C H August 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    This vid summarizes all the research I’ve done on various personal health topics. Great compilation of all things that women and men should pay attention to. Iodine is probably something that should have been included. Otherwise fantastic food for thought!

  • Reply Tyler Garber August 16, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you so much for this!

  • Reply Maribel Perez August 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Dr. Axe and Jordan I love your videos I have a question, I have IBS and gastritis but I don't know which probiotics are better for me there are so many out there and I'm so confused

  • Reply Beatrice Serrano August 18, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Thank u so much. I am learning so much. Can u please please make a video on h pylori. There are so many of us that have it or just went thru it. Doctors dont tell u anything about it.

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