Nutritional Supplementation

supplements     Are nutritional supplements necessary?  Does our food give us the nutrients we need to live?  What about all the pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals and food additives?  Does the food on store shelves feed and fortify us?  Do any of us get even the bare minimums of the Recommended Daily Allowances of vitamins and minerals?  Do any of us eat anywhere close to the recommended guidelines of 8-10 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day?

Are nutritional supplements all the same or is there really a difference in quality?  How do you know the quality of a supplement?

Is supplementation a scam or a necessity?

Our environment, our agricultural practices, our soil quality, our food supply and our diet have changed more in the last 50-75 years than throughout our entire history.  Our food supply:

*Has increasing levels of chemicals (pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, chemical additives, artificial flavors and sweeteners, preservatives).

*Has decreasing levels of nutrients.

*Contains genetically modified foods.

*Is grown in topsoil that has been stripped of its nutrients due to topsoil erosion and agricultural practices.  Plants can’t absorb nutrients that aren’t in the soil to begin with; therefore, the plants are also nutrient deficient.

Sadly, the average person has absolutely no idea of:

*The chemical harm to your body that’s in the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the products you put on your body, and the products you use to clean your environment.  When you begin learning the truth you will be shocked and very angry.

*The lack of nutrient content in foodstuffs you have been told are good for you.

Nutrient content of food:

Nutrient content is lost by early harvesting, transporting, storage, cooking, freezing, canning, processing, refining, and pasteurization.  The nutrient loss can be from 25% to 100%.  There is a huge difference in the nutritional value of an orange picked ripe and eaten fresh off the tree and one that was picked green, shipped, stored, and artificially ripened and eaten 3 to 8 weeks later.  Additional processing and cooking results in food with almost no nutritional value.  We then look at our dietary choices and realize we simply aren’t getting the nutrients our body needs to build and keep optimal health.  Do you, your children, or anyone you know eat the recommended 8-10 servings of FRESH fruit and vegetables every day?

The majority of “food” that lines grocery store shelves is man-made, chemically produced in a food factory, processed, preserved, fake, instant – how can we even call half of what’s on the shelves real food?  Real food, the stuff put here to nourish us doesn’t come out of a factory, it comes out of the ground.  Even the animal products we eat are created from food grown in the ground.  But sadly, even when we choose to eat fresh, real food, unless it is organic it still contains chemicals and is often genetically modified.  We’ve done such a poor job of properly keeping rich, healthy soil to grow our crops that the end product lacks many nutrients.

We can’t build healthy cells from nutrient-poor and toxic-rich foodstuffs.  It’s biochemically impossible.  And then we try to correct the resulting deficiencies and toxic burden by reaching for more toxic medications.  When are we going to learn that we must work with Mother Nature and not against her?

We’ll talk more about supplements tomorrow.

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