Why We Need to Supplement
For optimal well-being, we can no longer get all of our nutrition from diet alone and here’s why:
- The food we consume today is not as nutrient dense as it was decades ago. Industrial farming has depleted our topsoil, and toxic waste has polluted our air and water. To receive the same amount of Vitamin A from an orange today as our parents and grandparents did 60+ years ago, we’d need to consume nearly twenty-one oranges. And that’s just for one nutrient.
- Even if we did consume enough nutrient-dense food, we’re probably not absorbing it all, at least not at first. It’s estimated that upwards of 60% of the U.S. population experience some type of digestive symptom.
- Just to meet the recommended daily allowance (RDA) set by the government, we would need to consume 12 cups of green leafy veggies daily. That’s a lot! Remember, the RDA guidelines aren’t in place for optimal health. These are minimum guidelines set, so we don’t experience vitamin deficiency diseases such as scurvy (lack of Vitamin C) or beriberi (lack of Vitamin B).
- Toxins! There are over 80,000 chemicals registered for use in our environment today. Eighty thousand! Only a small percentage have been tested for safety by the EPA and even less by the FDA. These toxins act as a continual burden for the body; using vital energy on detox rather than repair.
Remember, food-based supplements are vastly different than the average multivitamin. Not all supplements are created equal. We’ll touch upon this topic in more detail soon.