Food has always given people all the food they needed. What’s the problem today?
There are actually several problems. Let’s start with food adulteration and refinement. In centuries past, people gathered or hunted their food – going to the supermarket was not an option. Most people assume that anything edible in the store is food, and that’s just not the case.
We’ve got plastic disguised as fats, for heaven’s sake! Margarine, anyone? We have powders that contain who-knows-what disguised as eggs, stock, cheese, etc. We have breads that are drenched in chemicals that can sit on a shelf for weeks. We have teeth dissolving fluids, the most popular drinks. I could go on, but it’s too painful. Not to mention the GMO issue!
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An educated shopper can squeeze through the fake food and land on the organic section. Everything seems good, right? Do you know how many meters of land that food was grown on? Not you? Then we have a problem. When Western civilization landed on the American continent, the land was covered with several feet of rich soil. It was so deep that the plow would sink and get stuck in it. Whatever seed fell on it, it turned into a plant.
What remains in most places today is about six inches of soil, and no one knows how long such a thin layer will be able to support life, especially given the rate at which most of it is doused with chemicals. The thing is, if your food (plants and the animals that eat those plants) comes from unpolluted, deep soil, and you’re eating all the food your ancestors ate, congratulations – you don’t need to supplement it.
Why am I mentioning the food your ancestors ate? Because we’ve become as sophisticated as our food. Think of foods your grandparents loved, like animal organs, and you’re totally grossed out. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean the biological need is gone.
Even if we eat 100% organic, we don’t get the nutrient density that was present decades ago. For example, the amount of iron that was in a cup of spinach decades ago now costs sixty-five cups of spinach. The amount of food we would have to consume today to get the same amount of nutrients we used to get is staggering and impossible for most of us to achieve.
The problem is exacerbated by the ever-increasing amount of chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, cosmetics, vaccines, drugs, food additives, etc.) that our bodies deal with, which deplete nutrients in an attempt to neutralize them. That means we need a lot more nutrients now than we did a few decades ago, or even just a few years ago, but we’re getting less of them.
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How do we go about making up for the lost nutritional density of our food? It seems logical that the more we concentrate the food, the greater the nutrient density. The problem then lies in the method, because drastic measures (extreme temperatures, chemicals, etc.) destroy complex life processes in the food. Unfortunately, it is quite easy to turn live food into an inert substance, but impossible to reverse.
The solution lies in both, eating as much living organic food as possible, and supplementing with equally living supplements. Unfortunately, most supplements are synthetic, creating a bigger problem for the body. If they boast high potency, a large number of units of measurement, and a list of ingredients that aren’t real food, you’re not getting real vitamins, just impostors – regardless of the brand name. We need to be detectives and find out how supplements are made before we buy them.