vegetables-573961_1920Theoretically, we should be getting all our vitamins and minerals from foods we eat but it is easier said than done. Standard American Diet (SAD) is:

  • High in animal fats
  • High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
  • Low in fiber
  • High in processed foods
  • Low in complex carbohydrates
  • Low in plant-based foods

Even if somebody will change a diet we might encounter other obstacles.

Dr Mark Hyman, a functional medicine doctor promoting food and supplements to balance and reverse chronic diseases symptoms for healthier living, wrote in his article of December 17, 2010:

“In a perfect world, no one would need supplements. But given the stress of our modern life, the poor quality of our food supply, and the high load of toxins on our brains and bodies, most of us need a basic daily supply of the raw materials for all our enzymes and biochemistry to run as designed. {…}

The foods you eat no longer contain the nutrient levels you require for optimal health for many reasons. Crops are raised in soil where nutrients have been depleted. Plants are treated with pesticides and other chemicals so they no longer have to fight to live, which further diminishes their nutrient levels and their phytonutrient content (not to mention the toxic exposure you receive from such chemicals). Animals are cooped up in pens or giant feedlots instead of roaming free eating the nutrient-rich wild grains and grasses they once consumed. Since cow’s stomachs are adapted to grass instead of corn, they must take antibiotics to prevent them from exploding. {…}

To complicate this further all of us are exposed to hazardous toxins and chemicals that poison our bodies, we live with too much stress, we don’t sleep enough, we don’t exercise enough, and we are inflamed making the nutritional demands on our bodies even heavier. Those with chronic illnesses are in even worse shape.”

The supplementation is needed when the immediate help should be provided.  Taking a supplements should not be a life-time commitment. My personal approach is to provide needed vitamins and minerals through a daily regimen of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

 

Do We Really Need Supplements?
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