Why We All Need Nutritional Supplements Even with a Perfect Diet
First of all, the obvious is nobody has a perfect diet because nobody knows what is a perfect diet?
Does it mean your foods are organic? Raw? Organic? Slow-cooked? Eaten right off the vine? Perfectly balanced? That you eat all animal parts? That you eat only plants?
Get the message.
There is no perfect diet and even if we knew the perfect foods for us genetically and for our gut microbiome, the likelihood of eating these all the time are very, very low. In addition, our nutrient needs will vary with the season, stressors, illness, training, genetics variations and more.
Perhaps, one day soon, we will know exactly what we need on a day to day or even hour to hour basis and will be able to 3D print exactly the foods with nutrients we need, but until then we are dealing with unknown needs and a diminishing food quality.
Over the past few decades, many factors have contributed to the drastic decline in the overall quality of our food supply. Here are just a few to consider:
Soil depletion has reduced the nutrient content of the foods grown in it. In many areas of the world—especially the United States—the land has been over farmed.
Modern fertilizers are chemically toxic and fail to replenish the earth with fundamental trace elements. Less than a hundred years ago, manures were used extensively for fertilizer. Today, artificial superphosphate alternatives have all but replaced them. Superphosphates act more as a growth stimulant that a soil builder; they are devoid of any of the trace elements found in manure. Their rampant use has furthered the nutrient decline in soils and the crops they produce.
Hybrid crops produce lower nutrient foods. And unfortunately, they are currently grown everywhere, even on organic farms. They yield more food per acre, but produce foods with a significantly lower nutrient content than those our grandparents ate and grew.
Pesticides and herbicides can damage or even destroy these necessary microorganisms, reducing the nutrient density of crops. To produce nutrient-rich foods, plants must be grown in soils high in healthy microorganisms. It doesn’t matter how many times you wash a piece of sprayed produce; the toxic, chemical residues will remain inside the food itself. Many pesticides contain deadly chemicals (the same ones used for biological warfare during World War II) that severely tax the human body. Some contain lead, arsenic and other toxic metals. Our current laws allow sewage and even factory sludge to be sold as fertilizers, even if they contain significant quantities of toxic metals.
The long-distance transportation of foods reduces their nutrient status. As soon as a crop is harvested, its nutrient content begins to diminish. Today, many foods are grown thousands of miles from where they are sold. Some may spend more than a week on a truck or train before they reach you.
Food processing drastically reduces nutrient content. The refining of wheat to make white flour, for example, removes 80% of its magnesium, 75% of its zinc, 87% of its chromium, 88% of its manganese and 50% of its cobalt.
Food additives further deplete nutrients. Thousands of artificial flavors, colors, stabilizers and preservatives are added to most processed foods. Most of these are toxic, depleting the body of vital nutrients when they are ingested.
So do your best to eat a wide variety of non-processed whole foods, get lots of sunshine and supplement your diet with a whole-foods based daily supplement that includes of add to it at least 3000iu Vitamin D3, 200ug Vitamin K2, 2000mg DHA/EPA omega 3 fats and 400mg of magnesium.