Many of these micronutrients have not even been discovered yet! They all work synergistically, (can do more together than alone), for the body to function!
Even if scientist could synthesize every whole food element, it would still be no better than that broken watch in the above example.
To add insult to injury, they create mega-doses of these single elements which are way out of proportion with nature and what your body needs. So when you take a thousand milligrams of synthetic ascorbic acid, (there is no more than 20 milligrams in natural occurring vitamin C), you miss out on all the other wonderful nutrients in their pure form. It’s like eating a bunch of egg shells and tossing the egg!
Enriched foods are more of the same. They process real food, by homogenizing, pasteurizing, sterilizing, milling, canning, cooking or dehydrating. This depletes the nutrients so it lasts longer on the shelf. Even bugs and bacteria know there are no nutrients left, so they don’t even bother with it! That’s why they last so long!
Then, chemicals, dyes, artificial flavors, and sugars are added to make it look and taste like real food. Then, they ‘enrich’ it with these fractionated, synthetic vitamins to make it look nutritious.
More profits are made, at the expense of nutrition.
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Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, digestion problems, and all the other maladies we have today, were not as prevalent 100 years ago. This is because the soil was not as depleted, most of the food was fresh and whole, and there were no chemicals added to the food supply.
What is the solution? Eating raw organic vegetables with every meal is a great start. Then avoiding any packaged foods that are ‘enriched’ with added chemicals, would be awesome! But in today’s fast paced environment, many would find that a challenge.
So to start, you could cut way back on packaged foods that are enriched, (that would eliminate most of the bad stuff). Also, eat more organic vegetables, and grass fed organic meats.
Get in the habit of having salads or some kind of raw vegetable. like avocado, carrots, apples, sauerkraut (not canned), blueberries, etc with every meal. You can also start juicing organic vegetables with a little fruit too.
Organic produce has been found to have 50-70% more nutrition than conventionally grown produce. (“Variations in Mineral Content in Vegetable’. Firman E. Baer report, Rutgers University)
If you want to take a supplement, make sure it is from whole food. There are not many out there, but just look at the label. If it has a long list of chemicals, (like ascorbic acid, alpha tocopherol, riboflavin, etc), and they are all 100% or more of the RDA, it is not from whole foods. You need to see a list of food on the back label, like organic broccoli, kale, berries, carrots etc. It is really that simple.
There are also powdered green drinks made from organic fruits and vegetables. This can be a wonderful option for a busy lifestyle. Throw a banana in a blender with almond milk or coconut milk, a scoop of some green powder, maybe some collagen protein powder. And Viola, you have a nutritious shake that actually feeds your body! (See the links below).
Make sure you are getting good healthy fats like coconut oil, flax seed oil and especially organic, grass fed butter. Please see my article on Cholesterol.
I used to get a cold once or twice a year. Since I started taking whole food supplements, and eating withthe above suggestions, I have not been sick, despite everyone around me getting the cold or flu. Most of my clients experience the same thing!
It isn’t normal for us to have diabetes, cancer, heart problems, and even cavities! But, if we give our body the fake foods that are so prevalent in today’s world, it’s like supplying a carpenter with cardboard to build a cabinet. It may look good on the outside, but as soon as you put something on the shelf, it will collapse.
We can exercise all we want and make our body look good, but if we are not feeding it the nutrition it needs to rebuild and repair, illness is given a chance to rear it’s ugly head.
A body does not all of a sudden get sick! It slowly degrades until one more bit of stress is like the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Consider the fact that most disease is just a long term nutritional deficiency that was never addressed, and it all comes together.
Every 14 months, 50% to 60% of your body’s cells are rebuilt. The other 40% of our body is replaced with new cells every 7 years. So it is never too late to switch to a healthier lifestyle and give your body what it needs. We can help it build better cells, which make up every organ, and also makes up your immune system, and create better health!!
People have recovered from many diseases by changing to whole, unprocessed foods along with whole food supplements and a positive lifestyle! It will not be over night, but wouldn’t it be better to start a nutrient dense diet and healthy lifestyle, than to wait for illness to occur and take a bunch of medications? Most medications can be toxic to your body and suppress the symptoms that tell you something is wrong. Then you are then not treating the illness. You are just suppressing the symptoms.
The body is an intelligent, miraculous organism capable of healing any wound. It can kill foreign invaders, and detoxify itself. But it can’t function correctly if it doesn’t get the genuine replacement parts from whole foods!
A healthy, well nourished body is the best insurance policy you can have!
In Health and awareness.