You would think that if you are eating a diet rich in fresh whole foods you would be getting an abundant supply of nutrients. If this were 1900, this would be a more accurate way of thinking. Unfortunately, today, there a number of factors that are preventing us from getting all of our nutrients from food:
1) Soil depletion – some studies have shown up to 70% reduction in key minerals from our fruit and vegetables as a result of industrial farming and hybridization techniques. Some studies have shown that you’d have to eat 3 apples today to equal the nutrient content of 1 apple from 50 years ago!
2) Storage and transportation of our food – our food often comes from areas very far away, and it is well known that nutrient content drops significantly as soon as it is picked. With days to weeks in storage and then transport, by the time we get it, it is much less nutrient-rich (in addition to starting with less due to depleted soils).
3) Genetic alterations to our food – to enhance the business of food, many species have been altered to be more profitable and that alteration has affected the natural state of the fruit or vegetable including its nutrient content.
4) Stress and our toxic environment – modern stressors and chemicals/pollutants in our environment have put additional strain on our body’s raising our need for nutrients to higher levels. We need more nutrients now than ever before!
Why should you care!?
Nutrients make your body work. They drive every process that happens, from heart function, to brain function, to metabolism, to muscle function and everything in between!
What can you do?!
1) Focus on eating for nutrients! At least 50% of your plate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner should be fresh vegetables.
2) Eat locally grown produce! The closer you live to where the produce is grown, the more fresh it will be and the higher the nutrient content will be.
3) Eat organic! Organic produce has shown to have higher nutrient content. If you can’t afford to eat all organic, you can focus on the “Dirty dozen, clean fifteen” to select the foods that are most and least important to have organic. Click here to see the lists: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/food/what-are-the-dirty-dozen-and-the-clean-fifteen/
4) Key supplements! In addition to eating well using the tips above, a high quality multi-vitamin and mineral, vitamin D, magnesium, and omega-3 are good to include in your daily regimen as they will help cover all your bases and restore specific nutrients that are commonly deficient.
5) I.V. Nutrient Therapy! This is a great option that we provide at our clinics because intravenous (into the vein) delivers key nutrients that are 100% absorbed into the body for efficient replenishment. Especially great for those who have a hectic and busy lifestyle, intense physical training regimen, mentally taxing work, high stress, shift work and digestive issues because all of those require extra nutrients!