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Herbal Supplements Spotlight, Issue 011 -- Where did the nutrients go?
June 08, 2005
Where Did the Nutrients Go?
The foods in your supermarket don't have the nutrients they're supposed to.We tend to take for granted that the foods we eat will have all the nutrients we need for our bodies to function properly. It may come as a surprise to most people, then, to learn that many of the foods we assume are nourishing our bodies are actually not doing their job as well as we would like.
Some foods, such as honey, are simply victims of over processing in the name of safety. Most store bought honey is pasteurized, meaning that it has been heated at high temperatures in an attempt to kill any bacteria that may be in the product.
However, there are many kinds of beneficial bacteria in honey that are also killed along with the "bad bacteria," and even this high heat processing cannot always kill botulism spores, which are the most commonly feared.
In other cases, it is over production that causes problems. Take tomatoes for example. It is widely known that lycopene, one of the substances that gives tomatoes their bright red color, has many health benefits. However, the desire to make tomatoes available all the time, even out of season, and create larger and less expensive tomatoes often comes at the cost of many of their key nutrients.
Between over processing, over production and other handling problems such as irradiation and genetic manipulation, our food is actually becoming less nutritious, which is quickly leading many people into health problems. While some people feel that going totally organic is the way to combat this problem, there are lots of others who simply cannot afford to pay the higher prices for organically grown foods.
The easiest solution to the problem of diminishing nourishment in our food is to take a comprehensive vitamin and mineral supplement daily, preferably one that also contains amino acids, enzymes and other important nutrients that your diet may be lacking. This allows you to get nutrients in their full-spectrum natural ratios even if you can't get them from eating foods normally.
It's still very important to eat as many nutritious vegetables and fruits as possible and get plenty of exercise, but by using a multivitamin supplement with all of the essential nutrients your body needsyou can guarantee that you are getting everything you need to be healthy even if your food happens to be lacking.
If you are interested in a comprehensive nutritional supplement with a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients, we have been taking a product called Total Balance for over a year now and have noticed a significant increase in energy and sense of well-being.
Total Balance is the only supplement we have come across with a blend of all of the essential nutrients your body needs to function properly.
Until next time, here's to your health!
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