A most crucial component of fighting off the under-the-weather feelings, is one that could be featured in a future non-GMO V-8 commercial. Hopeful thinking, but really! This one almost would make your future healthier self want to go back in time and do just that to past or present not-as-healthy-as-we-thought version of ourselves. But, fortunately our bodies regenerate constantly and the person you are today can be and feel so much better in even a month if you put the time and love into yourself. So without further ado…
Though I have expressed the importance of key nutrients in food, there cannot be a lack of key nutrients in your supplements either. And goodness gracious are there all kinds of options out there vying for attention and springing up left and right! Finding one that works with your body and not actually harm it is hard to do since a lot of companies provide little to no scientific, credible, or legitimately proven long-term health benefits. The less you know about what you’re putting in your body, the more likely you are to cause more harm than good. Unfortunately, regardless of our good intentions.
It is an unfortunate truth, but we either pay now or pay later. Now in wholesome, organic food and supplements rich in key nutrients that can be properly received and distributed by your body. Or later with bandaid-like medications, antiobiotics, medical visits, tests, therapies, specialty visits, and the list goes on and on with the things our society has come up with to make money off people’s poor health.
Now, since I have provided a good bit of information on the key nutrients in food, it is only fair I do the same for supplementation. Below I break down the 1st of 3 in this Supplementing 101 Series:
1. Reasons to Supplement
2. The Science behind Supplements
3. Personable & Professional Supplement Supporters – including one of a growing number of Doctors!
Reasons to Supplement
Put very simply – food is not as nutrient-dense as it was in the early 1900s. Why? From the very start of growing or farming, the seeds themselves are genetically modified, or have engineered/altered DNA. Then, the soil the seed is planted in is depleted of nutrients. There are now 3 primary nutrients found in soil – Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium. But, in order to achieve optimal soil health for growing there should be At Least 52 more minerals in the soil and Charlotte Gerson makes note of this in documentary, FoodMatters. A 2004 study supports her statement when 43 crops showed a decline in the nutrient content of up to 38% over the past 50 years.
On top of that (literally!) while these plants are growing they are being sprayed with more unnatural chemical fertilizers. All this causes the plants to be deficient, which is a dinner bell for bugs. So to get rid of these bugs these plants are showered with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Thus even the 2% of Americans that actually do eat the recommended 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day STILL can’t get all the nutrients out of it that the body needs. (Yes, that means 98% — 98%! Doesn’t eat the essentials.) This makes just cutting out certain foods not effective because our bodies need a varied diet, but balanced meals aren’t enough. Add living in our modern world of toxins in the air, water, rays from devices we can’t be without for a day, toxic “cleaners,” everyday household items, stress and aging, which all increase our bodies’ need for more vitamins & minerals.
All-in-all, in time this “leads to” (shown below as “=>”):
Altered Seed + Depleted Soil + Poor Plant Health => Nutrient Deficient Food => Nutrient Deficient Bodies => “Minor” Ailments + Time => Major Illnesses
Lead with Love,
2004 Study cited above:
Davis DR, Epp MD, Riordan HD. Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999. J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Dec;23(6):669-82. PMID: 15637215.