Does an Apple a day keep the doctor away?

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An apple a day did keep the doctor away, but not any more unless it comes from a tree grown in healthy organic soil. (An organic commercially grown apple can come from depleted soil.)

According to Australian soil scientist Christine Jones, as reported by Courtney White in his book, Grass, Soil, Hope, apples have lost 80 percent of their vitamin C.

And that orange you just ate to help ward off a cold? It’s entirely possible that it contains no vitamin C at all.

A study looking at vegetables from 1930 to 1980, found that iron levels had decreased by 22 percent, and calcium content by 19 percent. In the United Kingdom, from 1940 to 1990, copper content in vegetables fell by 76 percent, and calcium by 46 percent. The mineral content in meat was also significantly reduced.

Food forms the building blocks of our bodies and health. Soil forms the basis for healthy food. Unhealthy soil grows poor quality food. And poor quality food means poor health.

Commercially grown produce is typically fertilized with only potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus. This is all that is needed to grow large plump produce, and since fruits and vegetables are sold by the pound, this makes financial sense to the farmer and retailer.  These are the key minerals to form the plant cells, but the calcium, selenium, iron, boron, copper, etc are depleted from the soil with each growing season and they aren’t replaced.

Just one piece of evidence pointing to the need to supplement your diet with a high quality multivitamin.  So still enjoy a good organic apple, but you’ll need help more help to keep the doctor away.

You Fertilize your Lawn and Garden, don’t you? Amazing what added nutrients will do.

green and red healthy foodWhen you look at your lawn and has lost its lush green what do you do?  When your roses aren’t as beautiful as they could be, what do you do? When your vegetable garden isn’t producing like it should, what do you do? Of course, you fertilize it. We all know you’ll see great results a few days, or weeks, after applying a good fertilizer.

When you look at a fertilizer it is basic nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other minerals. Isn’t fertilizer like a multivitamin for your plants?

I talk to many people who say they get all the nutrients from the food they eat. Isn’t that like your lawn and garden? Shouldn’t they be able to get all the nutrients they need from the soil? Many people walk around like your garden. The plants are still growing. They are still producing flowers and fruit, so they are doing OK, but you know with some good fertilizer they’ll do much better.

We can easily get enough nutrients from a good healthy diet to prevent the diseases of deficiency   like beri beri, scurvy, pellagra, rickets, etc., but, like your garden, you can be much healthier.

So how does better nutrition and health manifest in us?  We aren’t plants, but imagine every cell of your body, every organ, every skin cell, your eyes, etc. having all the nutrients they need to operate at their best. Here are some ways:

  • If you’re immune system can do its best possible job, would you get sick less?
  • If your brand new skin cells have every nutrient they need when they are formed, how would they look when they become your “Skin” we see a month or two later?
  • If your skeletal system had all the nutrients it needs and in the right proportions to build stronger bones, would it?
  • What about that one cell that mutates and becomes a cancer cell, how could your immune system and the rest of your body deal with it? Could it stop it from growing larger, or at least greatly slow it down?
  • How much better could your organs function? Brain, heart, liver, eyes, kidney, etc,

You are like your garden, you may be doing OK, but how much better could you feel if you had all the nutrients you needed to be at your absolute best health. That is what a very high quality multivitamin and other phytonutrients can do for your body. You’ve heard the term a “Healthy Glow” that is what you’ll see on the outside, and if you could look inside, you’d see every organ with a healthy glow.

 

Can You Get All the Nutrients from Food Alone?

Many people and doctors believe that you can get all the nutrients you need from food alone. This is only partially true. If you only want the RDA levels of key vitamins and minerals, then you probably could get that from a decent well balanced diet. An RDA level diet, as I’ve written previously, only provides enough to avoid the diseases of deficiency like beri beri, pellagra, rickets, scurvy, etc.

Research has shown that that there are optimal levels of key nutrients that provide disease prevention and can turn back some diseases. These are usually far greater than the RDA levels many popular nutritional supplements are proud to state that they provide. These levels would be difficult to be obtained by food alone. It depends on the foods eaten, but it has been estimated that you’d have to consume over 20,000 calories a day, every day, Continue reading “Can You Get All the Nutrients from Food Alone?”