Good Food Is Enough (and other medical myths)
Recently a study of other studies documented that single vitamins and single mineral ingredients have essentially no measurable positive effect on health. C’mon. We all know vitamins and minerals are good for kids. Right? The Flintstones sold us on that idea back when PB and J and celery loaded with squeeze cheese were normal lunch items.
40 years later, we know a little more. We talk about supplement criteria like bioavailability, micro vs. macro, and fructose vs. amino acid compounds. We call minerals like molybdenum and selenium micronutrients, and better still, multi nutrients to show that we’ve moved away from irrational use of single elements to intelligent ratios within balanced formulations. We wonder if we need methylated B’s or added iodine.
A lot about the science of nutrition has changed in 40 years. What hasn’t changed in 40 years is the medical misinformation campaign that says that you can get all you need through the foods you consume.
No. You Can’t.
Why isn’t good food enough for good health now?
The question of ‘why’ you can’t get what you need from food in this generation begs too many questions and even more answers in turn. Theories like:
- Mom left the kitchen
- The farmer sold out to big chem
- The soil is depleted
- The earth is overheating
- The Crohn’s gene is flaring
- The allergies are making kid’s guts into slip-n-slides
Name it, there’s a crazy theory for everything, but the facts remain that the prevalence of nutrient deficiency and the symptoms of major multi-nutrient insufficiency are on the rise.
What are the signs of multi-nutrient deficiency?
Who knows? Proof happens when scientists show the relief of one condition with the application of another condition, stimuli, or substance. Consider aggravation, irritation, flatulence, violence, rage, irrationality, sleeping too much, never sleeping, talking too fast, not talking at all, turning your face to the wall and wishing you weren’t here, or jumping up and down when you should be sitting still. If these things end when proper multi-nutrient supplementation begins are they not signs of multi-nutrient insufficiency?
Yes. They are. And your great grandmother knew that when she was pulling beets out of her garden. Back then, mood was absolutely connected to food.
To see examples of how popular science disconnects mood and food by insisting that ONE nutrient at a time is the only way the food is allowed to work in a study, check this article. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/food-and-mood-is-there-a-connection
Calories don’t equal quality.
America might be moody, but no one in America is starving, right? Wrong. The typical American diet of fast food and convenience foods is bereft of usable nutrition beyond calories. Scientists have evaluated the fast food/ packaged food diet with grim results.
Oregon State University called it right when they surmised that Americans fall short on nearly every Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for many essential vitamins and minerals. For example, as a whole 40% of Americans do not meet the DRI for calcium – one of the most critical nutrients for bone health and many other critical brain and body functions.
For all of the “fortified” cereals, fast-food salads and carefully formulated protein shakes alongside billions of dollars in supplements consumed in America, we continue to see staggering increases in multi-nutrient deficiencies because the body needs balanced multi-nutrients.
Reading your way to imbalance.
The problem with blood tests for single ingredients like iron, or reading that 40% of Americans are painfully short on calcium is that people (and their doctors) are tempted to go out and consume iron and calcium – but those are rocks and not food. You might not know what the difference is, but your gut, blood, and brain surely do. Balance is everything. Broccoli is high in iron and many other vitamins and minerals that make the iron work. Eating an iron tablet is not the same thing as eating broccoli. However, eating broccoli from a micronutrient depleted farm is not the same as eating a balanced, absorbable, perfectly ratioed formulation like EMPowerplus Lightning which has helped many people to overcome iron deficiencies effectively.
Eating, drinking, and dissolving your way to balance.
You should eat your vegetables. You should. You should eat good fats, whole foods and learn to appreciate flavors other than sweet and salt. Then, to make up for all that your food is missing, you should fill in the blanks from beautifully balanced, perfectly ratioed multi-nutritional sources like:
Lightning One (for slower digestion, longer-lasting, cumulative effect)
Lightning™ Sticks (for quick absorption through the tissues in our mouth and a faster brain food effect)
Vitamino-23™ (for the free-form protein building blocks that minerals and vitamins need when they are building happy healthy chemistry)
Food isn’t everything it used to be, single minerals are useless, and thankfully, we can stay healthy and feed our brains optimally while we work out what comes next!