“Keeping the level of minerals in balance in every tissue, fluid, cell and organ in the human body may be the key to maintaining human health.” ~ Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D., Associate Editor, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that more than half the American population is not getting the Daily Recommended Intake (DRI) of essential vitamins and minerals in their diet. 70% of people are cited as being deficient in Vitamin D alone.
There are three fundamental reasons you may be micronutrient deficient:
1. The Mineral Density Of Your Fruits & Vegetables Is Rapidly Declining.
Farming methods and food processing are dramatically decreasing the vitamins and minerals in your food:
- Modern Farming: The level of calcium in carrots dropped 50% in 35 years. The sharp decline of nutrients in fruits and vegetables is widely agreed to be the result of farming practices that use chemicals and recycled, nutrient-depleted soils to increase growth rates and decrease costs; prioritizing the size, look and quantity of produce over its nutritional content.
- Over-Processed Foods: Many foods lining supermarket shelves today go through numerous processes that increase shelf-life and ‘flavor’ but deplete the micronutrients that can actually be absorbed by your body.
2. You May Have Gut Imbalances Inhibiting Nutrient Absorption.
Studies have shown a direct correlation between the occurrence of digestive problems and the occurrence of mood swings and increased stress responses. And with 40% of Americans reporting gut issues, from diarrhea and constipation to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it is not surprising this is impacting moods, focus and disrupted relationships with food.
Your digestive system needs enzymes and probiotics to function properly. Enzymes break food down into forms that your digestive system can absorb. Probiotics – or good bacteria – maintain gut balance and promote motility through the small and large intestine. There are multiple factors that can contribute to these digestive aids not functioning optimally:
- Emotional stress that cause digestive upset
- Food allergies and hidden intolerances that create undue pressure on your system
- Medications that interfere with the natural pH balance of your stomach and intestines
- Antibiotics or stomach bugs that kill the good bacteria in the gut
- Processed foods that require intense metabolizing with little nutritional benefit
3. Your Genes & Health Issues May Mean You Need More.
In the same way that some people are predisposed to diabetes or heart issues, some people are predisposed to mood imbalances, blood sugar swings, increased sensitivity to stress and digestive issues. These complaints may impact the absorption and utilization of nutrients in ways that we don’t even have a full scientific explanation for.
Preliminary research suggests:
- There may be predisposing genes behind certain mental health challenges
- Neuro-chemical imbalances are often hereditary
- Some individuals may be predisposed to need higher doses of certain nutrients for optimal brain health