Medications can be life saving. But take heed: They can also rob your body of nutrients you need.
Nutrient loss can happen in many ways. For example, a medication may:
â€¢ Depress your appetite, which means you may not eat enough to stay nourished.
â€¢ Increase your desire for less healthy foods, such as lots of sugar, bread, or pasta.
â€¢ Reduce absorption of certain nutrients in the â€œgut,â€ especially in seniors.
â€¢ Block a nutrientâ€™s effects at the level of the cell.
â€¢ Increase loss of nutrients through your urinary system.