Nutrition Health

Medicate with caution

Medicate with caution

Nikki Gray


I had a tough summer health-wise. It was brought on by a medication, prednisone, which was prescribed for temporary inflammation and pain. This is why I haven't been posting. Although it wasn't pleasant to go through, it was a learning experience and I'm thankful for that.

It is easy to dive into the medication route. It's a "quick fix". Who wants to do the right thing and eat healthy and exercise and take impeccable care of yourself for months when you can just take a pill and fix everything, right?? Well that was my mindset when I wasn't feeling well. I wanted to get better and I wanted to get better NOW. Unfortunately I had a moment where I had zero patience and it ended up backfiring on me. The truth is there is no magic pill that is going to fix everything in your life. There is no quick fix. The only way you will be at your best, mentally and physically, is taking care of yourself. You will still have days where you feel tired or blah but if you eat healthy most of the time and exercise regularly you will feel better than ever, guaranteed. No pill can give you that. It is not the easiest thing in the world but it is so worth it. Be patient and stick with it, you will be so glad you did.

Medicate with caution

Yes we need to take medication for certain issues every so often but medication should really be a last resort most of the time. Many people die every year from adverse drug reactions. It's actually pretty comical when doctors try to say that vitamins are dangerous when you look at the facts...

In the last 27 years there have been 0 deaths from vitamins.

In the last 27 years there have been 3 million deaths from prescription medications. This is from medications taken how they were supposed to be taken. This does not include overdoses. 

I rest my case.

Many medications don't fix the problem it just covers it up or eases the symptoms, doesn't fix the underlying issue. There are natural steps you can take to correct or ease problems. If you have arthritis you can take fish oil(or krill oil is the best in my opinion), turmeric, anything anti-inflammatory can ease arthritis. Also avoiding inflammatory things as much as possible such as alcohol and sugar, can make a huge difference and greatly improve your health especially when it comes to inflammatory issues.

When I look at a clients medication list and I have to look up the interactions I'm always stunned at how many nutrients, vitamins and minerals they deplete. They may "fix" one problem or the symptoms but they can create a new problem. 

Sometimes medication is absolutely necessary; if you have an infection or a life threatening condition or as a woman needing to be on some type of birth control. It is important if you must take a medication to find out what it depletes and compensate for it either with supplementation or making sure you get extra of the particular vitamin or mineral in your diet. Juicing is a great way to get high doses or vitamins, minerals and nutrients naturally.

List of some common medications and what vitamins, minerals and nutrients they deplete

Accutane depletes vitamin D, hyaluronic acid, and serotonin.

Adderal dehydrates you. It also depletes serotonin and dopamine which can lead to depression, anxiety and psychosis. Adderall robs vitamins and mineral like magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B12.

Anti-depressants: Many common anti-depressants deplete B vitamins. Prozac depletes melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps you sleep and acts as an anti-cancer agent.

Antibiotics deplete b complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, folic acid, biotin, calcium, iron, magnesium and good bacteria in your stomach(good bacteria can be replaced by probiotics, yogurt and fermented foods).

Barbiturates like Xanax and Ativan deplete vitamin D.

Beta blockers deplete CoQ10, magnesium, melatonin, and potassium. 

Birth control depletes B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, and the amino acid tyrosine.

Blood pressure medications deplete magnesium and potassium.

NSAIDS(aspirin, ibuprofen) deplete iron, calcium, folic acid, and zinc.

Cholesterol agents deplete Coenzyme Q10 which is extremely important for well being.

Prednisone: prednisone can cause stretch marks, weight gain, facial swelling. It also depletes potassium and vitamin D.

Corticosteroids like prednisone deplete calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc.

Plaquenil depletes calcium, vitamin D, potassium, the powerful antioxidant glutathione, iron,  and vitamin B12.

Thyroid medication depletes calcium and vitamin D.

Soma depletes vitamin C, folic acid, iron and potassium.

Tylenol depletes glutathione.

Hydrocodone depletes folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C.

Antacids like Zantac and Prevacid deplete b complex especially b12, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.

Statins (Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor, Mevachor, Leschol) depletes coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E.

Antihistamines deplete vitamin C. This is interesting because vitamin C actually fights allergies so basically the more medicine you use the more you need.

Laxatives deplete potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and vitamin K.

Levodopa(used to treat Parkinson's disease symptoms) depletes potassium. Low potassium has been linked with depression and suicide.

Diuretics deplete magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C.

*My list obviously does not include every single medication and I recommend when you are prescribed a medication to look it up and check what it depletes from your body. There are many reliable sources online.

Nikki Gray CNC