Are We Getting Enough Nutrients?

Nutrient deficiency is more common that we think. Less than 18% of the population consumes the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Most people eat a highly processed nutrient deficient diet.

 

A CDC study determined that 90 million people in America are deficient in vitamin D, 30 million in B6, 18 million in B12, 16 million in vitamin C, and 8 million in iron.

 

Most people don’t get enough melatonin, a strong antioxidant. The blue light from ipads and phones shuts down the production.

 

A large number of diabetic patients undergoing wound care are deficient in vitamin C, to the point of scurvy. Taking 500mg of vitamin C twice a day improves wound healing. Vitamin C is stored in the adrenals; stress or illness depletes it.

 

According to the CDC, women between 25 and 39 are borderline iodine deficient. This can be a problem if getting pregnant because low iodine can cause retardation, ADHD, and lower IQ in babies. Fluoride and other substances in the environment compete for the thyroid iodine receptors.

 

Good quality food is the best possible source of vitamins and minerals. Organic and locally cultivated produce from small farms is generally higher in nutrients and lower in pesticides than commercially grown.

Modern agriculture has been focused on high yield crops at the expense of density of nutrients. Genetic dilution, and spraying further reduce plant metabolites. These practices have created a rapid decline in mineral content in vegetables in the US. Broccoli has now a 1/3 of the calcium it had in 1950.

 

Our gut physiology actually mirrors what happens in the soil. The interaction happening between the plant, bacteria and soil is similar to the one occurring in our body between intestinal lining, flora and food.
The soil has a similar carbon/nitrogen ratio and same pH (6.0 to 7.5) than our body.  Every vitamin and mineral building block comes from the soil where we grow our food. In other words, we are the soil.

Farmer’s Market and Food Coops are good places to find high quality produce.

If having to take medication take into account how they interact with nutrients and supplement as necessary.

 

  1. Women using oral contraceptives are twice as likely to be low in this vitamin. B6 improves depression and anxiety, PMS , and is inversely connected with colon cancer.

 

  1. Metformin and proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux deplete vitamin B12, causing decline in cognitive function and neuropathy.

 

  1. Antiepileptic drugs deplete folate and B12 leading to gingival overgrowth in the mouth.

 

  1. Proton pump inhibitors lower magnesium, increasing the risk of seizures, irregular heartbeat and muscle spasms. Taking Proton Pump Inhibitors for more than one year increases 4 times the change of having a fracture. Antivirals, SSRI and SSNR antidepressants for more than 3 to 5 years increase the risk to 40%.

 

  1. Chemotherapy platinum based agent’s also lower magnesium causing eye twitching, cramping and spasms.

 

  1. Long-term use of steroids or aromatase inhibitors induces osteoporosis. Calcium and magnesium supplementation are very important in women on these drugs.

 

References

Tieraona Low Dog, MD. The State of Nutrition in America
Tracey Taylor. Farmacology: Farm-to-body lessons