2015 was a sad year for athletes. It goes to show you that no matter how healthy you think you are, you can die from health related problems. I would almost bet that most, if not all of these athletes ate right (or thought they were) and exercised regularly. If they did everything right, then why did they die so young? It is safe to say that the root cause of their health problems and untimely deaths were attributed wholly, if not partially to mineral deficiency.
These seemingly “healthy” athletes were in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Even someone in their 50’s shouldn’t die from heart disease or organ failure.
So, the question was raised recently; why are all these healthy people dying so young? The answer is simple and easily correctable.
Today’s foods are not as nutritious as they once were. Over the decades of industrial farming, we have depleted our soil of essential minerals. This does not mean that your vegetables today have very little nutrition, but it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than what we get today.
A groundbreaking study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition.
What can be done? The key to healthier fruits and vegetables is healthier soil. Alternating fields between growing seasons to give land time to restore would be one important step. Also, foregoing pesticides and fertilizers in favor of organic growing methods is good for the soil, the produce and its consumers. Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should buy regularly from local organic farmers.
Vegetables are extraordinarily rich in nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals. They are still there, and vegetables and fruits are our best sources for these. But we need to supplement our vitamins and minerals.
What is the best source of vitamin and mineral supplementation? First, not all supplements are created equal. Most OTC (over the counter) supplements are of such poor quality and comprised mostly of inert “fillers”. Also, the mineral content is comprised of things like clay, that you really don’t absorb that much. This is why I suggest a high quality “ionic” mineral supplement.
Ionic minerals in liquid form, are easily transported across the highly selective cell membranes of your digestive tract. Because these minerals are charged, the body uses less energy in absorbing these minerals.
Another important factor to understand is that many vitamins and minerals are either water soluble or fat soluble. The “low fat” diet is not only dangerous, but a complete myth. Your body and brain REQUIRE healthy fats to not only function properly, but to absorb the vitamins and minerals your body takes in.
Do your body a favor and learn more about proper nutrition and minerals.
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