With March officially upon us, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations and fresh Spring beginnings are just around the corner. But there is another reason to celebrate this month that many people don’t even know about, and that’s the fact that March is also a National Nutrition Month! With that in mind, there is no better time than now to maximize your weight loss efforts by educating yourself on the various nutrients your body needs for healthy metabolic regulation.

Here at Olivera we make it a point to keep our patients in the know about some of the latest research on nutritional interventions that promote weight loss. Our Lifestyle Medicine expert, Dr. Eva, for instance, commonly counsels our patients on the importance of recognizing how easily various vitamin, mineral or other nutrient deficiencies can develop, and how such deficits may be unknowingly sabotaging their weight loss efforts.

Read below about the 3 crucial but typically overlooked micronutrients that Dr. Eva recommends most people supplement with, especially if they struggle with maintaining a healthy weight.

Magnesium
Known for mostly its relaxing and laxative effects, Magnesium is not typically regarded as a weight-loss supportive nutrient. However, this essential mineral is a classic underdog because it’s required for hundreds of functions in the body, such as activating numerous enzymes involved in the digestion, absorption, and utilization of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Inadequate amounts of Magnesium have been suspected to contribute in some people to developing strong food cravings, blood sugar imbalances, and a tendency to overeat, which makes weight loss that much more challenging, if not impossible. Magnesium can be found in many whole, plant-based foods, such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains, but soil depletion and chronic stressors of modern-day life have made supplementing with this micronutrient an absolute must for most.

Vitamin B1
Similar in its importance to Magnesium, Vitamin B1 is an essential nutrient that all cells and tissues of the body need to function properly. In fact, Magnesium and Vitamin B1 often work in conjunction as co-factor companions that activate the various enzymes responsible for extracting energy from food. Otherwise known as Thiamine, Vitamin B1 is especially indispensable when it comes to the process of helping our bodies convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. In other words, even a mild Thiamine deficiency may put your metabolism to a standstill, which makes losing weight that much harder. Vitamin B1 is found in a wide range of foods, from beans, whole grains to nuts, but some people have a hard time absorbing it from these sources and/or need larger quantities. This is particularly true for those who consume high amounts of sugar, processed carbohydrates, and/ or coffee/tea in their diet, which tend to deplete the body of Thiamine.

Omega 3s
Last but not least, Omega 3s represent another crucial nutrient required for optimal health and in turn, more rewarding weight loss. Omega 3s are essential fatty acids, meaning we have to obtain them from food and/or supplements because our bodies cannot make them on their own. The 2 widely studied essential fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), work synergistically to decrease systemic inflammation, regulate hormonal swings, minimize fat storage, and reduce appetite. Rich sources of Omega 3s have traditionally come from fatty fish, but eating large quantities of seafood and/or supplementing with fish oils is no longer ideal due to the polluted state of our oceans. This is why algae or non-fish Omega 3s supplements are typically a better choice because they not only deliver most of the recommended daily EPA/DHA, but are also not contaminated with toxins, heavy metals and/or plastics.

So as you can see, preventing and/or correcting these nutritional deficiencies is of utmost importance if one desires to lose weight and/or be healthy overall. But knowing where to turn to for high-quality and safest source of supplements can be a rather confusing and daunting task to tackle on your own. Olivera hopes to make this process as effortless and convenient as possible by providing all of current/active patients with access to Fullscript, our online supplement dispensary.

Just click on the logo to register, and you’ll be moments away from ordering professional-grade, evidence-based and safest supplements that will be shipped conveniently to your home. For more individualized support around supplementation, nutritional deficiencies, and natural weight loss, please schedule your appointment with Dr. Eva.