A Nutrient Deficient Diet Can Kill You
Most American’s diet is Nutrient deficient.
Our bodies need dozens of nutrients to stay healthy and prosper into old age. These can be obtained from our daily food supply without too much of a problem. Every one of these doesn’t need to be consumed daily–a few times a week is all that is needed. To avoid a nutrient diet, eat a wide variety of food each day.
Nutrient Deficiency Diseases
Scurvy-old–sailors disease, also known as Beriberi; Rickets-deformed bones, Goiters, Pellagra-referred to as “three D’s”-diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia, and night vision problems, are all caused by nutrient deficiency.
A Nutrient Deficient Diet can be avoided
The four nutrient groups: vitamins, fats, proteins, and minerals, must be included in our diets. They don’t need to be in every meal. For instance, the body stores calcium in our bones; this is removed for use, as needed, and restored when available.
We need about 25 minerals in our diets, these include , tin, iron, aluminum, lead, mercury, copper, sodium and calcium.
Your Body Will Make its own protein and B1 Vitamins. For instance, vitamin B1 is created by fermentation in the large intestine and is absorbed into the body. This demonstrates a need for probiotics. Vitamin B1 is an important nutrient that helps prevent many diseases.
Important Sources of Nutrients
A widely varied diet will include most, or all, of the needed nutrients. Green vegetables–especially raw greens; fish, red meat, berries like cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries; red meat, fish, and cheese are good sources. Look for food with lots of colors–like black olives, cherries, and raisins
We Don’t Eat Just Because We are Hungry
If you want to lose weight, start adding more nutrient dense food to your daily regimen. This may be all that is needed for your body to say “Hey there, I am satisfied.”
When we think we are hungry our body might be telling us it needs nutrients that we are not providing. I knew a child who chewed on the wooden door frame. No one questioned if she was nutrient deficient.
Mankind Existed and Flourished By Hunting and Gathering
Throughout our long history, our ancestors ate whatever they found; this provided a well-balanced and varied diet. Our bodies learned to store nutrients for further use.
This is only a short list of the many; remember that 2,000 years ago Hippocrates said, “All diseases began in the gut.”