**This post is based on information from my researching friend and health mentor Amanda Uribe and shared with her permission. :-)
Have you ever thought about the fact that as Americans, we may very well be malnourished? Ridiculous, right? Food is everywhere! The grocery store shelves are bursting with all kinds of food! OK, maybe not during the COVID-19 pandemic…but regardless, even my big family of 11 is hardly starving, snack-rationing measures notwithstanding.
But the truth is, our nutrition is far inferior to what our ancestors ate, though they had much fewer food choices and may not have even eaten three meals a day. What they did eat, though, was actual food…not food-like products. Our food today may satiate our hunger, but it provides little else in the way of nutrition. Even organic produce lacks vital nutrients our bodies need.
Chronic disease and illness are at an all time high. Most diseases we hear about repeatedly are inescapably related to the foods we eat (or don't eat). Many foods are both chemically saturated and vitamin-absent, a terrible combination for our long-term health. Eating from the family garden has become a thing of the past, and those who still strive to do so find the garden
- depleted of enzymes and minerals,
- filled with pesticides and toxins,
- and generally lacking the core necessities to offer pure value.
To compensate, food manufacturers tout products with hollow claims of being “fortified,” “natural,” or “enriched.” Don't be fooled! It's all marketing. I don’t care what the package claims, sadly, there is no such thing as a "natural Pringle." As my friend Amanda pointed out, with well over half of all corn now being genetically modified and specifically bred with known neurotoxins and compounds to eliminate pests, even the simplest of ingredients on a package could mean nothing. We need to look further to see where those ingredients came from originally.
These marketing techniques are confusing. Cereal, crackers, and other packaged products may sound healthy because the note on the box says “fortified with essential nutrients" or "enriched with Vitamin D." But what does that truly mean? Unfortunately, it means before that product was placed into its packaging, it received a spray dusting of synthetic nutrients and likely synthetic preservatives to enable it to sit on your pantry shelves for up to a year or more! And…I hate to break it to you, but even “natural,” “nature made,” or “naturally” are also marketing terms that don’t carry weight when we are looking at nutritional value. Even arsenic, lead, and petroleum are natural and organic. We wouldn't eat those, right? Oh, but we do! They've been found in major everyday food staples on shelves the world over. Gah!!
So we see that our modern diet is sadly lacking vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function properly; thus, even the most conscientious eater needs to supplement. But alas! We can't even pick up a bottle of vitamins from a store shelf and trust that they will pick up the slack for our poor quality foods! Why not? Well, even many vitamins and supplements are replete with synthetic ingredients!
It's up to us to invest some time and energy into the research needed for this. Our health is too valuable to substitute one poor choice with another. In the next blog post, we will cover some things to look out for when it comes to synthetics in vitamins.
Meanwhile, if you appreciate the information in this post, I encourage you to check out my private group Fit for Life, where I've been sharing educational units to help folks take charge of their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. This post comes from a "Dr. Mom" series I'm sharing with more fabulous information from Amanda Uribe. We're covering a lot of ground, from elderberry to colloidal silver to vitamins and more! And if you find yourself concerned about COVID-19, check out my free guide, 3 Ways to Avoid Pandemic Panic!