All right. Welcome to today's table talk podcast. I'm here with two of our pharmacists on the farm to table team, Dr. Megan Morrison and Dr. Nicole Grams. And we are going to hit on so many things today, really focusing on what we call a nutrient depletion. So I am going to let Megan start off by introducing herself and, also give you a little rundown of what that means to have nutrient depletion.
Hi, happy to be back Melody. My name is Megan Morrison and I am a pharmacist in Texas, San Antonio, Texas. And I love to talk about gut health, especially, and women's health and just overall. Wellness living a low tox life, if you will. And like Melody said, we are going to talk about nutrient deficiency today and let's start with the basics.
What are nutrients? So our bodies need nutrients to maintain life. They provide nourishment for growth and life. And they're essential. And so the big nutrients are six of them. Fat carbohydrates and protein, which we've probably all heard of, but also vitamins, minerals and water. So like I said earlier, nutrients play just such a big role in maintaining our health and also preventing and treating many serious diseases.
Yeah. And I think that, big key here is that there's like these macronutrients and then there's micronutrients. So we have the big macro nutrients, like those proteins fats need them for the energy cycle, but if we look at the Krebs cycle, which is our body's energy cycle, we actually have all these different inputs where we need these micronutrients to convert those things that we're eating and the macro nutrients into energy.
So when we get down to the basics of energy in the cell, we actually produce what's called a CDOT call a. and we, use that for energy and there's different types. We can convert fats because we can talk about the keto diet and people are getting energy produced from their fats. And that takes different types of nutrient inputs than maybe converting carbohydrates into energy sources.
And I think, one of the things we talk about a lot is that our nutrition and in the United States is depleted. So the soil is depleted. We don't have enough magnesium in the soil. There's not enough zinc in the soil anymore. There's toxic things in the soil that are causing our body to use up certain nutrients more quickly, because it's trying to get rid of those.
And the liver might be working extra hard at trying to get rid of those things where we've got those toxins blocking particular sections of the crop cycle. So one of the coolest things I think in functional medicine is that we have. Actually have a test that is called an nutrEval . And it can look at all these different pieces.
So it shows you on a piece of paper, what your Krebs cycle looks like and shows you, if you have mercury blocking certain parts of this energy cycle, or you have, a lack of zinc that you're not getting this energy cycle moving, as well as it should. So that's really important to be able to evaluate someone's energy and fatigue can be a symptom.
I know Nicole wanted to talk a little bit about symptoms and a lot of times when people are nutrient depletion, we see fatigue and certain things. We see, immune system function, not working as well when we're lacking certain nutrients. Nicole, do you want to talk a little bit about some other symptoms?
Yeah. One of the one of the nutrients that I tend to talk a lot about, especially on social media is magnesium. There's so many people in the United States and probably worldwide at this point, we can probably generalize worldwide. But magnesium is something that if you don't have an optimal level of magnesium. You're going to start having leg cramps. You're going to start having migraines. Your mood's going to tank. There's so many different things and sleep is going to be a problem. There's so many different things that there's one nutrient, this one, vitamin mineral, can help you with.