Is Choline Deficiency Killing Your Performance

Choline is one of the most important nutrients for your body. Without it, you cannot function properly. However, there are certain circumstances when deficiency may occur and these situations include:

1) Chronic alcohol abuse – Alcoholic’s liver is very susceptible to damage from excessive consumption of alcohol (alcoholism).

If you suffer from alcoholism or have been drinking excessively for many years, then you need to take extra care with choline intake.

2) Liver disease – There are several types of liver diseases such as alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

These conditions often cause liver damage due to excess alcohol consumption. If you suffer from any type of liver disorder, then you need to avoid excessive amounts of choline intake.

3) Severe malnutrition – People suffering from severe malnutrition usually do not get enough food and water during their daily lives.

They may even go without eating for long periods of time. Therefore, they will require more than usual amount of choline.

4) Hypothyroidism – A condition where thyroid gland does not produce sufficient amounts of hormones necessary for proper functioning of the body.

When the thyroid gland is underactive, it causes various symptoms including fatigue, depression, loss of energy and mental confusion.

5) Certain medications – Choline bitartrate, piperine, and colesevelam may slightly increase the amount of choline in the body.

After completing your usual tasks during the day, you get home and wonder what to make for dinner. You feel tired and need something light before going to bed. You decide to have a simple dinner before preparing yourself for sleep.

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