Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Some Insights into Nutrient Depletion...

Since 1952, Walsh’s Pharmacy has maintained that those living in our community, deserve the best health care services and advice that we can provide. With this core belief in mind, Walsh’s has committed to providing programs, products, services and advice which help to meet the demands of a busy life and lifestyle. Visit Walsh’s Pharmacy and Walsh’s Health & Lifestyle Centre today, and let’s talk…

Millions of Canadians take prescription medications every year to help manage health and wellness concerns. Many of those taking any number of medicines don’t realize that some of the medications they take can also adversely affect the amount of nutrient levels stored in their body. As a general rule, most medications actually deplete specific vitamins and minerals, and can cause any number of additional health-related problems.

Just as we replenish the nutrients in our gardens and lawns every Spring and Fall, those taking prescription, as well as some over-the-counter, medications need to replenish the nutrient levels in their body. It’s important to know that Vitamins and minerals play a vital role in everyday body function- including cellular processes; this role may also include other important body activities such as maintaining the immune system, or digestive functions, as well as many others.

Depending upon the medications, or class of medicines taken, different nutrients can automatically be depleted from the body. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs which are used for chronic pain relief, like arthritis for example can deplete Calcium, Potassium, Vitamins B6, C, D, and Folic Acid, as well as several other minerals needed for a healthier lifestyle.

At Walsh’s we recommend, for example, that if you are taking any of the following medication categories to manage or control certain conditions such as:

         Antibiotics                         Anti-Seizure Medications              Anti-Ulcer

        Birth Control                     Blood Pressure/Heart                      Cholesterol

        Chronic Pain Relievers      Diabetes                                          Diuretics

…then you should at least be taking an appropriate supplement and/or a Multivitamin to counteract any of the nutrient depletion effects that many of these medications can cause. While this list is by no means complete, we recommend you see your Walsh’s Pharmacy pharmacist for additional details.

And you should always check with your health care practitioner before embarking on any change to your health-related regimen, particularly when it involves prescription medications. Remember to ask your Walsh’s Pharmacy pharmacist for advice about your medications and how to counteract the effects of nutrient depletion.

As we begin to head into the Fall season, most people step up their Vitamin and supplement in-take.

It’s always best to speak with your Walsh’s Pharmacy pharmacist to determine what specific supplement program is right for you. See us first for all your health-related needs.

We can help you stay healthy.

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