But if I eat “good” foods…
People don’t understand why they might need supplements if they’re eating “good foods”. There are a lot of reasons.
First, do you know the person growing your food? Literally–the man or woman responsible for raising your meats and growing your vegetables? I’m sure that SOUNDS ludicrous, but there is a growing movement of people that truly DO know who is growing their food. My own family is one of them and we live in the suburbs of Chicago–so it can be done. But this also assumes that you’re eating foods that don’t have a label and are more nutrient dense than those with a label. The reality is that the methods used for farming in the last century have depleted the soil of vital nutrients. So even if you’re eating fresh foods, depending on where and how they’re grown–there may not have been nutrients for those plants to absorb!
We are also being bombarded by plenty of environmental factors that are throwing off the balance of the nutrients in our body. Let me just give you an example using one of the countless scenarios. Aluminum is a big one. The amount of aluminum being put in our bodies through topical absorption (deodorants, public water, etc.) in addition to the amount of aluminum we now ingest through public drinking water, soda cans (this is a HUGE one), buffered aspirins, baby powders, antacids, aluminum wrapping on our food, “silver”ware… the list goes on. These are things they didn’t have “back in the old days”. And with less magnesium and calcium in our diet naturally, there is no balancing it out. Aluminum overload has a direct affect on demyelination (the wearing away of the protective coating) of brain nerves–causing an increase in Alzheimer’s among other things.
And that’s just one example. Here’s a great article from the NYTimes about B-12 and it’s ripple effect that often ends with people on medication management believing that they are simply suffering the unavoidable effects of aging.
It’s a good idea to take a multi-vitamin if nothing else. It’s not the be-all, end-all, but it’s a start to trying to get your body the things that it needs. The small inconveniences that you give little attention to today can be the beginning of longer-term health issues.
If you need more tactical, practical and/or hands-on guidance to changing how your family eats this year or what kinds of supplements might address your specific issues… LET’S TALK! Contact me for a free initial health history consultation to discuss your needs and how I can help!