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 healing and optimal health to have optimal healing
and 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 be only 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
Of those two, 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 by 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 vegans who are eating according
to some raw food book will survive far better than those eating
a 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 genetics 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 foods grown by the agri-industry
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 be true). A for-profit food industry
grows fruits and veggies for size, appearance, yield, shelf-life,
pest-resistance, growth-rate, and sugar-content but not for nutritional
content. And why should they! This would cost more, and the government
is not mandating that they do it, and consumers are not asking
for this in large enough numbers, so they don't.
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. 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 it's 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 economies of scale. And even
some of those health food store superfoods are not as super as
the manufacturers would have you believe; 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
nutritional complement to our diet (which I do not sell by-the-way).
I make this a part of my diet of the foods I'm designed to eat
so that I will also get enough of all of the nutrients I'm designed
to have... at least the food-provided nutrients (the two non-food-provided
are topics all their own). [Note: There is one essential nutrient
that even the best green powder supplement doesn't provide enough
of, and the diet of most people isn't either... iodine.]
The foods we require and the nutrients we require
weren't two separate issues 100,000 years ago, but they are today.
Sad, but at least there's something we can do about it so that
we can thrive, and not merely survive better than other people.
And choose your nutritional complement wisely so you don't
waste your money, and you do get the nutrition that's
lacking in the fruits and greens you're buying.
So when you hear me say, "enough of all",
this is what I mean.
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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