Supplements a necessity or expensive urine?

Have you ever had a cold so bad you felt like you were dying? Well about six months ago i suffered from a cold that lasted for a month – the longest i have ever had a cold for. I decided that some research was in order because i hated every gross minute of being sick and was determined to not get sick again. My research started with the deficiencies we as a society have in regards to vitamins and minerals. It was very interesting to me that many of us are deficient and have been for a long time, whether it is magnesium, selenium, or other nutrients, our lives are affected when missing these things.

After two months of being on high doses of vitamins and minerals the cold bug hit me again, UNBELIEVABLE!  I was initially very upset, but i am glad to say that on day three i was pretty much over it. Coughing was scarce and energy levels were back up to normal, also i did not have that “skin hurt feeling” where even putting on clothes is painful. So what do i attribute this to? The vitamins and minerals. It’s now been over 5 months now that i have been taking high amounts of liquid vitamins and minerals, more than the RDA and have slowly but positively felt the benefits in my overall health.

After researching a lot about vitamins and minerals and what they do in our bodies and also what illnesses they prevent, i found the world of vitamins and minerals is indeed fascinating! The specific interactions between vitamins is nothing short of mind boggling but so interesting.

But many have the view that supplementation is just “expensive urine” and does not really help anything, while others claim that we get all of our nutrients from our food. Is this valid? Let’s discuss. From Scientific American – Agricultural methods used are very intensive and have stripped away nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. A study by Donald Davis from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century.

 

 

The Organic Consumers Association cites several other studies with similar findings: A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.

With this information and studies done on the nutrient depletion of the soils in north america, we really see the need to supplement with the necessary nutrients for healthy living. This is NOT to say that a person can replace nutritious food and take a supplement thinking all is OK, the most important thing is whole food with minimal to no processing and adding in high quality supplements to fill in the nutritional gaps. For the serious person who wants to break away from all the “health” advice given in droves from celebrity experts start by reading some books, yes plural in order to truly see what is important for you. I have spent many hours researching this topic and believe me it is huge! Do not be intimidated and power through and you will find some great information.

Take a few minutes to watch the video below and comment with your opinion.

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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