1. SOMETIMES FOOD IS NOT ENOUGH
A significant vitamin or mineral deficiency may not be correctable through diet alone. For example, to correct an Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency a person might require 10,000mg/day short-term to make up the deficiency. If you do a google search for foods with a high Omega-3 content, you’d discover that you’d have to consume 24 oz. of herring, sardines, Spanish mackerel, or halibut per day to meet that 10,000mg requirement. That’s a lot of fish! If you were to apply this to all the vitamins and minerals you’d realize you’d have to spend literally half your day preparing and eating food just to meet your daily requirements!
2. YOU DON’T HAVE TIME
In a world of ever-increasing work demands and decreasing leisure time many Americans simply don’t have the time to prepare all of the healthy foods their bodies require for optimal health. Nutritional supplements are a great way to meet your daily requirements when your food alone
3. FOODS DON’T PROVIDE CERTAIN INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTH
Probiotics are a great example of this. Probiotics are the good (pro) bacteria in our gut that keep the bad bacteria (like e. coli) in-check. These good bacteria are wiped out along with the bad guys when you take antibiotics, or when you eat foods like wheat and dairy that cause inflammation in the digestive system. Many patients come into my office already taking a probiotic because they know they need it. This is good because probiotics are not found in most foods you would normally eat. Other key ingredients to health that are not in the foods you’re eating every day include Co-Q10, organ protein, prebiotics (fertilizer for probiotics), zinc, copper, selenium and many others.
4. ABSORPTION & DIGESTION
Most people’s digestive systems are not capable of properly absorbing the vitamins and minerals in the food they’re eating because they’re not digesting their food properly. Inadequate stomach acid levels, sluggish gallbladders, digestive enzyme deficiency and intestinal malabsorption all combine to make absorption almost impossible. Nutritional supplements are a digestive-friendly way to get these all-important ingredients into your body until the digestive system is functioning properly.
5. SUPPLEMENTS PROVIDE BALANCE
The nutritional supplements we use in our office are perfectly balanced with the correct vitamin-to-mineral ratios that are necessary for healing in the body. Calcium cannot work properly without magnesium, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients like potassium, phosphorus, and zinc to name a few. This is why you see Calcium-Magnesium supplements or Calcium-Vitamin D supplements on the grocery store shelves. But how do you know which is right for you? Chances are those supplements were not designed specifically for your body’s needs. In our office we’re able to determine exactly which vitamins and minerals you need and how they should be properly balanced for your individual health needs.
6. TOPSOIL EROSION HAS RUINED FOOD’S NUTRITIONAL CONTENT
An orange grown in the 1950s contained 50mg of vitamin C. Today that same orange contains a mere 5mg. The same is true for the iron content of spinach, and virtually every other food grown in our soil. The major reasons for this include failure of farmer’s to rotate their crops, acid rain, and topsoil erosion. The soil is where foods get their nutritional content from. Their roots run deep into the ground to soak up calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and all of the other “trace minerals” found deep in the soil. Due to the depletion of our soil food simply isn’t what
it used to be.
PILLAR #6: NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
In a perfect world we would get all the nutrients we need from food alone. However, the toxic environment in which we live has increased our need for vitamins and minerals. Even if we all had perfect diets, the nutrient content in the foods we eat would be inadequate due to the depletion of minerals from the soil in which the food was grown. Broccoli grown in 1972 had twice the Vitamin A content than it does today. Spinach had 40 times the iron content. Oranges had 10 times the Vitamin C content. Due to acid rain, top soil erosion, and failure of farmers to rotate their crops, the soil that crops are grown in has become depleted of its’ mineral content resulting in a lower mineral content in the foods grown on that soil.
As far back as 1992 it was documented at the Eart Summit that North America had the poorest soil quality in the world, with over 85% of it’s mineral content stripped.
Nutritional supplements give your body the nutrients it needs to function optimally and prevent disease. Vitamins and minerals are not optional for your health they are essential for it. They provide measured amounts of vitamins and minerals to get your body exactly what it needs for optimum function.
If you still believe you can get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs from diet alone then check out the following statistics:
To meet your body’s daily Vitamin E requirement you need to consume 1 tbsp. of wheat germ oil per day.
To meet your body’s daily Magnesium requirement you need to consume 12 oz. of Halibut per day.
To meet your body’s daily Calcium requirement you need to consume 10 cups of turnip greens or kale per day.
To meet your body’s daily Vitamin A requirement you need to consume 10 tsp of cod liver oil per day.
To meet your body’s daily Vitamin C requirement you need to consume 1 Guava per day.
To meet your body’s daily Vitamin K requirement you need to consume 4 cups of cooked broccoli per day.