“I don’t need an expensive multivitamin! I eat a healthy diet.”
Does this sound like you or someone you love? When it comes to nutritional supplements, this may even summarize the belief of medical professionals.
While this statement above may have been true 100 years ago when my Grandfather was farming, it is no longer accurate in the 21st century.
Here’s why we all need a multivitamin.
1. The soil in which we grow our food has become increasingly deficient in basic nutrients.
In Canada, our soil is notably deficient in minerals including iron, selenium, iodine, zinc and chromium. There are a few reasons for this, including urbanization of our most fertile soil, failure to let the land rest between planting cycles, and little or no crop rotation. But probably the most harmful activity in diminishing the nutrient quality of the soil our food is grown in, is the heavy use of synthetic chemical fertilizers.
If adequate quantities of a specific nutrient are not present in the soil, it cannot be present in ideal quantities in the food grown from that soil. It’s that simple.
2. Then there is the modern practice of early green harvesting.
We live in a global marketplace today. The asparagus you bought today may have been picked 10 days ago in Mexico, while the apple you eat tomorrow may have been grown last year in New Zealand. To facilitate the process of shipping produce globally, fruits and vegetables are picked before they are fully ripened. Regrettably, this prevents them from reaching their natural peak nutrient density. Furthermore, vitamin losses begin the moment the fruit or vegetable is picked.
3. The food may then be stored, milled, frozen or have preservatives added.
An unripe apple, gassed to delay ripening, shipped halfway across the world, and stored for up to a year, is hardly nutritionally equivalent to the apple my Grandfather may have picked off the tree in his backyard.
When you add home storage like refrigeration, and then washing, peeling, canning, baking and boiling, do we really believe we end up with a well balanced meal?
As the diagram shows, there are unfortunate vitamin and mineral losses each step of the journey as food travels from the soil to your plate.
There is one more factor that makes 21st century nutritional intake more critical than it was in my Grandfathers day.
Consider the nutritional implications of our modern day, high stress lifestyles. Stagnant indoor air, lack of exercise, radiation, pollution and chronic sleep deprivation all create a need for additional nutrients in optimal amounts. Along with stress, our reliance on pharmaceutical drugs, nicotine and too much caffeine and alcohol generally interferes with our bodies ability to utilize nutrients.
At the end of the day, we all live in the 21st century and we all have been let down by a food industry that no longer provides optimal amounts of the nutrition we need. And we need higher amounts of nutrients than my Grandfather needed, because we all have been exposed to a modern lifestyle that has placed a greater toxic burden on our bodies.
So we all need to take nutritional supplements.
But not all supplements are created equal. I wrote a blog post in what I take and why.
It’s called “Empower Your Cells.”
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