Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies: A Root Cause of Unexpected Weight Gain
Being deficient in vitamins, minerals, and/or an essential nutrient can wreak havoc on your body and cause a number of health issues, including muscle and joint pain, hormone disruption, chronic inflammation, and several metabolic disorders that can result in unexplained weight gain.
That’s right, common vitamin and mineral deficiencies can actually make you fat.
New research demonstrates that there’s a strong relationship between unexplained weight gain and a deficiency in specific vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, E and D3, and essential daily minerals like magnesium and calcium.
While over 90% of U.S. adults are deficient in at least 1 vitamin, it’s estimated that 25% of people who are considered obese are also deficient in Vitamin D3, magnesium, calcium, and zinc.
Doctors continue to look for a direct relationship between the link between weight gain and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but it’s starting to look more and more like part of it may have to do with an increasingly strong correlation between these deficiencies and leaky gut syndrome, a condition that contributes to chronic inflammation and also prevents your body from efficiently absorbing vitamins and minerals.
Here's a few other examples how doctors believe being deficient in certain vitamins and minerals can contribute to unexplained weight gain.