Proper nutrition from diet alone is a myth
One of the biggest health myths is the idea that a person can get all the nutrition they need by simply eating a balanced diet. The truth is that it is next to impossible to get even the minimal RDA amounts of the limited number of vitamins and minerals on the RDA list, much less the amounts of all the many nutrients needed for optimal health from diet alone.
Decades of over-farming has left the world’s top soils severely depleted of essential minerals. For the most part, the only minerals replaced have been those needed for optimal growth and not vital minerals such as magnesium, which are needed for optimal health.
Foods on our grocers’ shelves frequently have had true nutrition processed out (and often harmful additives processed in to enhance shelf life, taste, color and texture). In many instances most of the claimed nutrition comes from added synthetic petrochemical vitamins and crushed rock minerals – which are vastly inferior to natural vitamins and minerals found in food.
Keep in mind that in many instances RDA amounts of vitamins and minerals are merely the theoretical amounts needed to prevent deficiency-related illness. Besides the fact that RDA amounts are often far below the optimal amounts, the RDA list does not include literally hundreds of other valuable nutrients which we have evolved and adapted to utilize.
If it is so easy to get all the nutrition needed from diet alone, why is it that up to 95% of us are deficient in magnesium? For that matter, why is it that most of us are deficient in other vital nutrients as well – even those of us who regularly eat a so-called balanced diet?
Another related myth is the idea that doctors are good sources of information and advice about diet and nutrition. In most instances, mainstream doctors are woefully deficient in information about diet and nutrition. Doctors are taught in medical schools whose primary funding source is the pharmaceutical industry and whose curriculum is controlled by the AMA. Not surprisingly, doctors are taught that the way to treat illness is to prescribe drug company medications and to perform mainstream medical treatments. What they are not taught is the vital role that diet and proper nutrition play in our health.
One longtime doctor turned naturopath told this author that in his entire mainstream medical education he had but one single lecture on diet and nutrition. Other doctors, including more recent graduates, confirmed that their educational experience was much the same when it came to diet and nutrition.
A good plan for obtaining plenty of nutrition to insure a maximum of good health and a minimum of illness is:
1. Eat a healthy and varied nutrient-dense diet with as many fresh organic items as possible.
2. Avoid junk foods, processed foods and inorganic meats – especially processed meat products.
3. Utilize supplemental items such as organic superfood powders and whole food derived nutrients to insure that you get all the vital kinds and amounts of nutrition needed.
EAT PALEOITHIC (Hunter – Gatherer Diet, The Caveman Diet) The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, seeds, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, packaged refined foods, and processed oils. Funny, as most of what it EXCLUDES is part of most American’s diet! No wonder we are the most obese country in the world and 1 out of every 3 women and 1 out of every 2 men will get some form of cancer in their lifetime. The USDA food pyramid is worthless. Its focus on grains, carbs, and starchy foods! It’s not what we were born to eat. * side note: there was no history of Diabetes, Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease during the Paleoithic Era. Disease started when we started consuming grains. *** There is no known need to eat sugar or starches. If there were, it would be an essential nutrient, which glucose is not. It is not listed on any list of essential (or even conditionally essential) nutrients (that we must obtain [from our diet] because we cannot make them sufficiently ourselves)
Due to numerous factors you can’t possibly get enough nutrition from just the food you eat these days. Stress, pollution, toxins in our everyday food, air and products, lack of sleep and sunshine, greedy corporations tainting our food supplies for profit, and the ill effects of technological advances endanger our health at every turn. My main regimen centers around 10 supplements. The most important by far, and the corner stone, is PROTANDIM. One Protandim a day eliminates free radicals at a rate of one million to one per second, every second, 24 hours a day, without being depleted, and reduces your oxidative stress by 40%, to the level to that of a 20 year old in just 30 days and keeps it there! This is extreme anti-aging and disease prevention.
Then: Vitamin D3, B complex, Krill Oil/Astaxanthin, Green Superfood, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Nitric Oxide, Chlorella, and CoQ10 ubiquinol. Things such as Melatonin (sleep) and Collagen (joint support) decline in their production as we age and can be supplemented.