Friday, July 24, 2009

Raleigh Chiropractic & Wellness on The Importance of Supplemental Nutrition for Your Health

Why do we need better nutrition?
Our population is overfed and undernourished. We Eat too many carbohydrates. Americans average 200 lbs of sugar/person/year. Much of this is due to our Food Guide Pyramid.

Here is a correct depiction of how our pyramid should appear:

Now Compare that to the USDA's food guide pyramids:

Unfortunately the USDA is pushing us to increase our carbohydrate load through cereals, pastas, breads, and more...when in reality our bodies thrive from the "fruits of the earth" vegetables, oils, fruits, meats...

Here are 5 basic reasons we need high quality supplements in our diet to achieve a higher nutritive status:

1. Poor soil quality: Food quality has dropped

In 1948, you could buy spinach that contained 158 mg of iron. Today, the iron content of raw spinach is just 27 mg.

Between 1963 and 1975, the content of vitamin C in sweet peppers declined from 128 to 89mg and the vitamin A in collard greens dropped from 6500 IU to 3800 IU.

2. Fake Foods
Foods such as the following act as empty calories, excitotoxins, and more. Essentially they do more harm to our bodies than good....
  • Artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Aspartame Hydrogenated or Trans Fats
  • Artificial Flavors and Colorings
  • Soft Drinks

3. We Can't Eat Enough to Stay Healthy!

We can’t eat enough food to obtain the disease preventing or disease treatment potential of most supplements
  • We’d have to heat 2 quarts of corn oil, 5 pounds of wheat germ, 8 cups of almonds or 28 cups of peanuts in order to consume the RDA of Vitamin E

4. To Help Deal With Stress
These areas are all affected by stress. Without proper nutrition we can't rebuild the cellular damage that stress does to these tissues.
5. To prevent or reverse disease
Our bodies are constantly breaking down and rebuilding on the cellular level. Unfortunately many of our bodies lack the proper nutrition to heal. Lifestyle diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are the top three causes of death in Americans and are growing daily.

National Center for Health Statistics in 2000:

  • 709,894 people died from heart disease
  • 551,833 people died from cancer
  • 68,662 people died from diabetes
  • 63% of Americans are overweight
  • 31% of Americans are obese
  • Childhood obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past two decades.
  • According to the U.S. Surgeon General report obesity is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year.

Why do we need WHOLE FOOD supplements?

Most Supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA. Ad Judith deCava reports, “…the nutrition industry has turned into a money grabbing, hustling, lying, cheating scam.” Her research shows that only 3% of nutrition companies manufacture their own product! Other companies slap on a private label which frequently contains incorrect information. Just a few large drug companies such as Merck and Hoffman-LaRoche produce the synthetic vitamins used in the rest of the nutritional supplements found in drug stores, health food stores and even doctor’s offices.

There are Three types of vitamins available to us:

Synthetic Vitamins don’t come from food. For example Thiamine in synthetic vitamins comes from petroleum or coal tar products to make Vitamin B. While they are the same molecular formula of whole food they contain none of the co-factors required for your body to use the vitamin. Therefore your body can’t use them but it tries to using your own bodies reserves causing you to become nutritionally deficient instead!

Crystalline Vitamins are made by treating natural foods with chemicals, solvents, and heat. This destroys almost all of the co-factors and enzymes, leaving only the organic nutrient. This leaves your body with the same problem as the synthetic vitamins because it requires your body to use your reserves of enzymes and co-factors to process the nutrient leaving you nutrient deficient once again!

Whole Food Vitamins, on the other hand, are:
  1. whole foods with only the water and fiber removed (i.e dried food)
  2. They are processed below 112 degrees so the enzymes are alive and they have a limited shelf life
  3. They contain all of the nutrients required by the body to meet it’s needs

Consider the following:

Do you know of any industry, other than the Health Care Industry, that says and gets away with:
  • “The quality of the materials that go into building our products are irrelevant/” and
  • “The quality of the materials that are used to maintain the operation of our products are also irrelevant.?”

If we consider the human body a the “product”of the Health Care Industry, this is certainly the idea that is being conveyed to us all.

We don’t prescribe to this mentality nor do we expect our patients to. We understand that the structure and functions of the human body are built from and run on nutrients. If we can’t get proper nutrients from our diet we must incorporate high quality whole food supplementation to make sure that our cells, tissues, organs and more are being broken down and rebuilt properly as we live.


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