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So what are the 8 big reasons why you should take supplements?

If you seriously think you don't need to supplement your diet, you're kidding yourself.

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Here are the 8 big reasons why:

1. You Eat Rubbish A "Normal Diet"

Humans did not evolve eating processed food. We are designed to eat fresh, local, organic, biodynamic, seasonal food. For millions of years, throughout our evolution, that's what we've eaten.

In the last hundred years, our food has become highly processed.

The food industry had worked hard to convince us to eat the cheapest, highest profit margin, most addictive foods.

Starches, sugar and dairy are not healthy food.  Food is designed to nourish the body, mind and soul. 

Processed food and especially sugar, processed and hybrid grains, too many legumes and dairy are often nutrient deficient (or "empty calories").  The small amounts of nutrients they contain are often unable to be digested.  Some grains and over consumption of legumes have been proven to deplete nutrient stores and interfere with nutrient absorption.  Some of these are toxi which only increases your nutrient needs.  Eating too much in the way of grains and legumes can both cause intestinal damage which further decreases your ability to absorb nutrients. The huge rise in "leaky gut" or IBS is often due to this. Even after stopping eating these foods, you can be in "nutrient debt" or have longstanding intestinal damage which prevents nutrient absorption.

Dairy protein is often inflammatory and the cruelty often involved is only now being uncovered.  Conventional dairy often contains mycotoxins which are extremely damaging.

2. Soil Depletion

Our farmers are under such pressure to reduce costs and give us ever cheaper food.

The vast majority of farmers have lost contact with their customers, with the massive supermarket chains being the middleman who seem not to care about farmers. 

Modern farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients.  When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced.  Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow.  

Artificial fertilisers contain just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health.  This results in plants that have 75% fewer micronutrients. (“Not On The Label“, p213.) 

3. Your Food Isn't Fresh

Most plants are not delivered to you fresh.  From harvest, they are transported, stored, often gassed to prevent sprouting, mildew, mould or other deteriotion, and finally make it onto counters then may sit in your fridge, fruit basket or pantry before being eaten. 

Processed food is even worse - during processing, the original food can be heavily altered with the original nutrients being removed. Then, cheaper, artificial "nutrients" can be added.

Over time, the nutrient content of plants decreases.

4. Your Food Has Been Altered

Most modern fruits and vegetables are grown to increase their sugar content, not their nutrient value.  As a result, most of the common fruits and vegetables are artificially high in fructose and sugar and lower in key nutrients.

When plants contain fewer nutrients, the animals that eat these plants are also malnourished.  A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health found copper levels in the UK have dropped by 90% in dairy, 55% in meat and 76% in vegetables.

5. Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides - On Your Food And In Your Body

Pesticides are used to protect plants from pests.

Herbicides are used to stop weeds growing and competing with farmed plants for water and fertiliser.

Fungicides are used to stop plants from getting mouldy or rotten.

Almost all food now contains pesticides. Tests on children and even babies show that the majority of us have numerous pesticides in our bodies. 

Plants treated with pesticides are lower in phenolics than organic ones.  This is because polyphenols are produced as a defence against bugs and pathogens.  When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.

There is evidence that glyphosate – RoundUp herbicide – chelates minerals in crops on which it is sprayed. It remains to be seen how much of an impact this effect has, but increasing numbers of conscious consumers are deciding it's safer to avoid GMO foods for a variety of other reasons. Many countries are now banning RoundUp and similar herbicides. There have been huge many huge lawsuits against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) with awards when judgement was found against this toxic substance. See https://www.consumersafety.org/legal/roundup-lawsuit.

A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances used to destroy pests.

Pesticides include bactericides, baits, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lures, rodenticides and repellents.*

Some pesticides are residual in action and continue to be effective for days, weeks or months after their application. Examples are the triazine herbicides that persist in the soil and kill emerging weeds over the lifetime of a crop and some insecticides that remain active in the soil for several years when used as a chemical barrier.

6. Organic Isn't Soul Food

SOUL food is Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed, and Local.

Going one step further, FLOBS food is Fresh, Local, Organic, Biodynamic, Seasonal.

Fresh, organic food is not always possible. Even when you can find organic foods, they aren’t necessarily better. Some studies even show that organic foods are not higher in nutrients - when the "organic" food is processed and not fresh.

Fresh fruits and vegetables grown organically at home or locally in well-fertilised soil are nutrients than store-bought organic versions.

7. Water Depletion

Water is depleted of minerals due to modern production methods.  There is a huge variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water, with tap water generally having more.  

Water filters may be necessary to remove fluoride and other toxins but can also remove important minerals such as magnesium, which was a main source of magnesium for early humans.  

If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have the luxury of your own well, you are probably consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium.  It's suggested this may be why people who drink water higher in calcium than magnesium develop more myocardial infarcts and ischemic heart disease.

8. Not Enough Real Food 

With obesity on the rampage, this can seem counter-intuitive - but when most of the food consumed in the western world is heavily processed and not FLOBS (fresh, local, organic, biodyamic, seasonal) it's lacking in nutrients. So you're actually not getting enough "real food".

We all know that starving yourself is bad.  Suffering a low calorie diet means you definitely don't get enough micronutrients.  Human beings are designed to consume a large amount of calories which at the same time don't make you fat.  When you eat less and don't get enough "real food", it’s easy to become malnourished.  

When you eat low quality foods, you want to eat even more because your body is looking for the right amounts of nutrition.  

Food quality matters.

According to this study four of the most popular diets would need you to eat 27,575 calories to supply all the essential micronutrients!

These four popular diet plans failed to provide minimum RDI sufficiency for all 27 micronutrients analyzed. Further analysis of the four diets found that an average calorie intake of (27,575 +/- 4660.72) would be needed to achieve sufficiency in all 27 micronutrients!

Six micronutrients (vitamin B7, vitamin D, vitamin E, chromium, iodine and molybdenum) were identified as consistently low or nonexistent in all four diet plans. If you're eating less than that and you're following some variation of the Atkins diet, many versions of Paleo, the South Beach Diet or the DASH diet, without supplements you’re deficient in nutrients. 

If you're eating a regular diet including sugar, starches and processed food - bread, toast, cereal, sandwiches, burgers, biscuits, energy bars and drinks, packaged snacks and sweets, crisps and chips, pizza, potatoes etc - without supplements, you're deficient in nutrients too.

Animal foods are generally higher in calories and nutrients, so it’s no surprise that’s where the majority of calories came from in early human development.  It's been proven that we eat too much animal product so the healthy trend is to reduce the consumption of animal foods, so again people are consuming fewer nutrients.

Pesticide-treated vegetables are lower in phenolics than organic ones.  This is because polyphenols are produced as a defense against bugs and pathogens.  When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.

Grains, legumes, and most forms of modern dairy are not food.  The purpose of consuming food is to nourish the body and mind.  These foods do the opposite.

First of all, grains, legumes, and conventional dairy are often nutrient deficient (or void).  They can contain extremely small amounts of nutrients, most of which are malabsorbed.  Grains and legumes deplete nutrient stores and interfere with nutrient absorption.  They are toxins in themselves, which increases your nutrient needs.  Grains and legumes both cause intestinal damage which further decreases your ability to absorb nutrients.  Even if you’ve stopped eating these foods, you may be in nutrient debt or have lingering intestinal damage which is interfering with nutrient absorption.

Due to inflammation caused by other foods toxins, dairy protein is often inflammatory.  Conventional dairy can also contain mycotoxins which are extremely damaging.

For so many reasons, our bodies need supplementation.

Just as all food is not created equal, so it's only worthwhile taking premium supplements.

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More info:

Thanks to Dave Asprey's original "Bulletproof" article for inspiring this post: www.bulletproofexec.com/why-you-need-supplements/

More information about pesticides from the NSW EPA: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pestwhatrhow.htm 

What are pesticides?

A pesticide is used to destroy, suppress or alter the life cycle of any pest. A pesticide can be a naturally derived or synthetically produced substance - or an organism, for example, the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis which is used to control a number of insect pests, or even a genetically modified crop. The legal definition of a pesticide varies from country to country and covers a wide range of substances.

Pesticides include bactericides, baits, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lures, rodenticides and repellents. ome of the different types of pesticides?

Some families or groups of chemical products which are considered pesticides are:

Bactericides - These destroy, suppress or prevent the spread of bacteria. Examples are products used to control black spot (bacterial blight) on plants or in orchards. 

Baits - These may be 'ready to use' products or products which need to be mixed with a food to control a pest. This category includes baits prepared for the control of large animals, such as foxes, wild dogs and rabbits, and baits for insects (such as cockroaches and ants) and molluscs (snail and slug pellets).

Fungicides - These control, destroy, make harmless or regulate the effect of a fungus. Examples include chemicals used to treat Grey mould on grape vines and fruit trees, or Downy Mildew on cucumbers.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - Agricultural crops can be genetically modified to make them more resistant to pests and diseases, or tolerant to certain herbicides. For example, a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis can be incorporated into cotton to provide protection against the larval stages of the cotton bollworm and native bollworm.

Herbicides - These destroy, suppress or prevent the spread of a weed or other unwanted vegetation, for example, the herbicide glyphosate is used to control a range of weeds in gardens, countryside and in agriculture.

Insecticides - These destroy, suppress, stupefy, inhibit the feeding of, or prevent infestations or attacks by, an insect. Insecticides are used to control a wide variety of insect pests, including thrips, aphids, moths, fruit flies and locusts. Pesticides include products used on animals to control external parasites if they require dilution or mixing with water. 

Lures - These are chemicals that attract a pest to a pesticide for the purpose of its destruction. 

Rodenticides - These are chemicals used specifically for controlling rodents such as mice and rats.

Repellents - These repel rather than destroy a pest. Included in this category are personal insect repellents used to repel biting insects.

A number of living organisms that can control pests have also been registered as pesticides. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, for example, has been used to control rabbit numbers; and bacteria that act as biological insecticides have been used to control various insect larvae, such as moths and mosquitoes.

  • July 22, 2016
  • Angela Wright MBE