When you think of your health do you think of dirt? "Dirt, soil, is the primary factor in maintaining our nutritional health because all our food comes from the earth. Since our bodies are composed of minerals, healthy bodies are connected to healthy soil. "If any element is missing from the soil, then it will be missing from the foods we eat and as a result, we will not be properly nourished", says Mark Anderson and Bernard Jensen, writers of Empty Harvest.
Unfortunately, commercial methods of agriculture are depleting the soil of precious trace minerals and also destroying the ability of plants to be able to utilize those minerals. Our food is nutritionally deficient right from the start.
HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?
Prior to the 1800's farmers fertilized their crops with organic material. A chemist burned the plant material and analyzed the ashes. Without the proper equipment to detect all of the minerals present in the ashes he identified only phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium. He concluded that these were the minerals plants required to grow.
Farmers started to use only phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium for fertilizer and at first they produced huge harvests. With repeated use the soil gradually became depleted of its trace minerals, the minerals that had remained undetected in the ashes, and the plants were not as healthy. Insect damage and disease increased.
Instead of adding organic matter to the soil to correct these problems, farmers started using herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. These chemicals are toxic to the body and may cause health problems to your immune system, nervous system, brain and hormonal system. Eat organic!
According to a recent study sponsored by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), about 17% of land in the world has been damaged by these farming methods. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study states that, "the health benefits of fruits and vegetables are reduced by the use of pesticides".
FIVE OTHER REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE SUPPLEMENTS
1. Food irradiation - A food processing technique using ionizing energy and radiation to extend shelf life of food. Irradiation destroys harmful microorganisms along with essential nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants. It also delays ripening. This technique is approved and used in more than 40 countries.
2. Environmental pollution - Daily, tons of chemicals are dumped into our environment. These wastes go into the air, water and food we eat. For example: If you eat fish and you are likely to be consuming some amount of mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration keeps track of mercury levels in fish and shell fish on their web site. Environmental pollution may be the main cause for disease and premature aging. High quality, potent nutritional supplements help detoxify and boost your immune system and reduce inflammation caused by pollutants.
3. Lifestyle - Depending on your lifestyle and behavior, you may need additional nutritional supplements to help you detoxify and reduce inflammation. If you are a smoker, or around a lot of second hand smoke, you will need extra antioxidants to protect the body against free radical damage. Excessive alcohol consumption impairs digestion, absorption of nutrients and production of digestive enzymes. Other examples of people who require extra supplementation include athletes, pregnant women, people who work in toxic environments.
4. Stress - Can deplete your energy and accelerate the aging process and degenerative diseases by creating chemical imbalances in you body which lead to inflammation. Symptoms of stress can include, fatigue, depression, panic, anxiety, loss of appetite, insomnia and a high Health, Inflammation and Toxicity Index.
5. Food processing - Most foods in the inner aisles of your supermarket, in boxes or cans are processed. Enzymes are necessary for digestion and metabolic function. Processed foods contain no live enzymes. Lack of enzymes can cause premature aging and disease. In addition, processed foods contain refined sugar, little or no fiber, extra salt, unhealthy fats and chemical additives.