Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Why We Need to Supplement Our Diet - Part 2

In part one I covered nutritional related diseases. In part 2 I will be focusing on factors that increase our need for supplementation. These include the following:

1. Biochemical individuality: Each person has a unique physiology, which sets us apart from anyone else in the world. A person's nutritional requirements can vary widely based on his particular makeup. We all vary in our ability to digest food, absorb nutrients into the body, transport nutrients into the cells and tissues, and excrete waste products. Due to inborn errors in metabolism, some people may require 100-1000X the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) for optimal functioning. These inborn errors in metabolism are being documented more and more frequently.

2. Environmental factors: Our bodies become burdened and depleted by increased contamination of the food, land, and water. These chemicals (xenobiotics) can diorectly induce a disease state in the body and of course increase the demand of specific nutrients for optimal function.

3. Well balanced diet myth: A recent USDA survey involving 21,500 people over 3 days showed that not a single person consumed even the meager RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of the ten nutrients studied.

4. Soil depletion: In farming, we replace the fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, which the plants need to grow. The essential nutrients of the soil are not replaced, leading to soil depletion. Couple this with the use of pesticides.

5. Food processing: The processing of foods has led to signifcant reduction in the essential nutrients, anti-oxidants, and fibers of the food.

6. Food cosmetic treatment: Consumers today must also cope with a broad array of colorings, waxes, and disenfectants whose long term effects only time will tell. We do know this that people react negativelyto colorings and dyes in the food. Many children with behavior disorders react to these agents, which is verified by doing IgG sensitivity testing and improvements in behupon avoiding the agents.

7. Trauma/stressors: conditions such as disease, impaired liver detoxification, physical, and emotional stress, alcohol, medications, electromagnetic fields are all documented to riob and deplete our bodies of essential nutrients.

8. Lifestyle choices: Each person's lifestyle also directly effects their needs for specific nutrients. Considerations include exercise, food and beverage choices, refined carbohydrate intake, food additive consumption, chemical adulteration of the water, alcohol use, drug use, air and water quality, and bioenergenics patterns.

Tom Mantos
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