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Enjoy These Foods to Avoid Nutrient Deficiencies

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As Dr. Sebi so often pointed out: Our food choices are directly linked to the state of our health. Not getting enough of the right kinds of minerals in our diet can lead to an array of symptoms, including hair loss, GI upset, numbness, muscle weakness, and shortness of breath.


That’s why Dr. Sebi's holistic approach to wellness emphasizes the significance of maintaining a balanced and nutrient-rich diet that aligns with our body's needs. Below, you’ll find a list of the best foods that can safeguard your health against the potential nutrient deficiencies.

What Are the Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies?

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report: “94.3% of the US population do not meet the daily requirement for magnesium and 44.1% for calcium.” And according to the Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, the most common mineral deficiencies for American adults include:

  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

The best way to avoid becoming nutrient deficient is to consume a balanced diet that emphasize the following foods and their associate nutrients:

The Best Foods to Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies

Foods High in Iron

  • Chickpeas
  • Kale
  • Sesame seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Wild rice

The type of iron found in plant-based sources (non-heme iron) is better absorbed when consumed alongside vitamin C-rich foods, such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries. Additionally, cooking in cast-iron pans can also increase the iron content of your meals. 

Iodine-Rich Foods

  • Seaweed and Sea Vegetables: kelp, nori, and wakame
  • Sea moss
  • Prunes
  • Strawberries

It’s important to note that while iodine is essential for thyroid health, excessive consumption of iodine-rich foods or supplements can lead to imbalances.

Foods High in Calcium

  • Leafy Greens: kale, arugula, dandelion greens, and watercress 
  • Sesame seeds
  • Nopales

Insufficient calcium intake can lead to a decreased bone mass, increasing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, as well as disruptions in muscular function and proper nerve communication. 

Magnesium-Rich Foods

  • Brazil nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chickpeas
  • Wild rice
  • Whole grains: quinoa, kamut, spelt, and teff
  • Leafy greens: dandelion greens, turnip greens, and kale
  • Avocado
  • Burro bananas
  • Nopales
  • Sea moss
  • Sea vegetables

Magnesium plays a role in various bodily functions, including muscle and nerve function, energy production, and bone health. Including a variety of magnesium-rich foods in your diet can help support your magnesium intake.


Dr. Sebi's wisdom reminds us that the foundation of our health lies in the choices we make at the dinner table. By acknowledging the alarming statistics on nutrient deficiencies and understanding the significance of minerals like iron, iodine, calcium, and magnesium, we can take proactive steps towards a healthier life. The key is to embrace a well-rounded diet, rich in foods that offer these essential nutrients, while also being mindful of how they interact and complement each other. By nourishing our bodies with these nutrient-packed options, we empower ourselves to fortify our well-being and thrive in harmony with the holistic principles Dr. Sebi so passionately advocated for.


Do you recommend any specific Proteins to take since I am eliminating Meat from my diet?You also recommend eating no dairy products. I have also included removing eggs, butter and Almond Milk from my diet. I see what happens when I return to eating certain foods that I have stopped eating for some time and momentarily go back to eating those things I just mentioned, encourages me to remove them from my diet completely. I welcome your recommendations’. I have written down your recommendations and have found them to be highly beneficial after my Visit to my Primary Care Physician on July 12, 2023. She only recommended me to take a Supplement of Vitamin D3! I welcome your suggestions and Wisdom. I also was trained by a Holistic Dr. Who taught me how to eat according to my Blood Type and from looking at your list and his list they are very similar to be honest. I enjoy eating Green Leafy Vegetables. I see that you don’t recommend Broccoli at all!


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