With Nutrition, Enough
is Not Necessarily Enough
By Don Bennett, DAS
I'm often asked, "Am I getting enough calcium
(or some other nutrient)." First let's define "enough".
Obviously we need enough of all the nutrients our body requires
for optimal health to have optimal health. But when you think
about it, we need to consume more than enough. Why
more? Well, when it comes to the nutrient intake issue, there
can only be three scenarios:
1) Every month we get exactly the right amount
of each nutrient we need for the month, no more, no less. But
since this is virtually impossible, let's eliminate this scenario
and look at the other two remaining possibilities:
2) We get less than we need.
3) We get more than we need.
Which one do you think the human body would choose?
Number three, of course! Getting less than we need on a regular
basis will be a recipe for disaster that will more than likely
give us a very unsettling surprise at some point down the road.
So the only logical scenario is getting more than we need. But
don't worry, the body is designed for this scenario; it has the
ability to get rid of any overages (after it stores whatever it
wants to store).
Now, if you think the general population is getting
more nutrients than they need, think again. There's plenty of
evidence that the nutritional quality of our soils has been declining
for decades. And why not? Growing more crops on a piece of land
than Nature would ever have imagined, and then only replenishing
two out of dozens of nutrients, well, that's another recipe for
tons of less-than-optimal health. It's meant for us to eat food
that grows, not food that is grown for us. But technology that
has enabled an ever-increasing population has been able to feed
it, however this doesn't mean we're all eating a diet that allows
us to thrive
surviving is not the same as thriving when
it comes to quality (and quantity) of life.
And although those raw foodists who are eating
according to some raw food book they read will survive far better
than those eating a TWD (Typical Western Diet), if you're eating
a raw food diet for health reasons, then I'm assuming you would
rather thrive, which entails having the best health your DNA will
allow. And for that scenario to be your scenario,
you need more than enough of all the nutrients your body requires
for optimal health to be sure you get enough, and the odds of
you getting this from agri-based foods is slim to none (please
don't shoot the messenger, and please don't have a knee-jerk reaction
of "this can't be true" because you'd rather it not
And if you are dealing with any sort of ill health,
the odds are that a contributing factor to the issue you're dealing
with is nutritional insufficiencies/deficiencies. So now "enough"
must include enough nutrients to deal with those insufficiencies/deficiencies,
which will be more than is normally required when you have "whole
body tissue sufficiency" of all the nutrients your body requires
for optimal health maintenance. Look at it as having to temporarily
take an unnatural amount of a nutrient to deal with an unnatural
ill health condition; unnatural because you would have never developed
it many millennia ago. So, one unnatural scenario to deal with
another equally unnatural scenario. And we're not talking about
mega-mega doses, but we're also not talking about just getting
the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), which is often not even enough
for optimal health (but that's another article).
That's why I take a "multivitamin"
Let's be careful not to count towards our daily
nutritional intake whatever is supposed to be in those cheap daily
multivitamins we can buy at the supermarket. They're inexpensive
for a reason, and it's not due to the economies of scale. And
conversely, just because a supplement is pricey doesn't mean it's
a worthwhile supplement. When it comes to our nutritional intake,
if we want to ensure that we're getting more than we need so that
we get enough of what we need, let's be smart about
it and make sure that we include a worthwhile
nutritional complement to our diet.
is an insightful, reality-based author, and health creation counselor
who uses the tools in his toolbox logic, common sense,
critical thinking, and independent thought to figure out
how to live so you can be optimally healthy. More about Don's
first book, which has more delicious food for thought, at health101.org/books
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