Nutrition 101

No question that apples are a healthy choice. They contain vitamin C and fiber, but research has shown that foods are not what they once were. Did you know that to get the iron that was available in one cup of spinach in 1945, you would have to consume 65 cups today? And that an orange that contained 50 mg of natural vitamin C complex in 1950 now contains 5 mg only?

Nutrition is one of the pillars of health and even though we are blessed with abundance of food everywhere, chronic diseases are rampant. According to the National Health Council, chronic diseases affect approximately 133 million Americans, representing more than 40% of the total population of this country. By 2020, that number is projected to grow to an estimated 157 million, with 81 million having multiple conditions.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Never before has our topsoil been as depleted and demineralized. Produce is now exposed to pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Much of our food is over-processed, enriched and preserved. Our water contains traces of pesticides from runoff and pharmaceutical residues. In addition, we substitute real food and natural vitamin complexes with synthetic vitamins and supplements. Vitamin E, for example, loses 99% of its potency when separated from its natural synergists.

Here’s what you can do: Get your natural vitamin complexes from whole foods starting with meat free of antibiotics and hormones and organic eggs. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, especially green leafy ones and only a small amount of fruits. It’s better to eat those whole form and not juiced. Limit your carbohydrate consumption and eat only whole grains. Drink clean and filtered water. Exercise and get moving! Take oils, such as flax oil, olive oil or coconut oils and use organic butter daily. And lastly take adequate amounts of all important vitamins and minerals daily in the form of whole food supplements, including digestive enzymes. All of the requirements for these should be determined by a health care professional. Remember, whole food supplements are the means for catching up for lost time nutritionally.