Nutritional Advocate Series

SERIES

Nutritional Balance the connection of diet and health

Nutrition Depletion nutrition at a historical low

Nutrient dense food has become much harder to find due to the modernized production process, longer shelf-life requirements, and mineral depletion within our soil. All of these factors have stripped nutrients from our diet. Even fruits, vegetables, and greens are harvested prior to ripening so they can be stored for months before delivery to our supermarkets. These commercial practices rob the consumer from receiving the vital nutrients from these key sources because most fruits and vegetables have the highest concentration of nutrients when they are ripened. This means that despite your best efforts, you are getting less nutrients than ever before. In fact, nutritional content of food is at a historical low. Nutrition not as easy as it seems Researchers compared data of current vegetable nutrient content to data from 50 years ago. Their findings showed that the mineral content of cabbage, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes had depleted from 400 milligrams to less than 50 milligrams throughout the twentieth century, and vitamin levels of vitamin C, D, A, and E contain, on average, 27% less in several of the most common fruits and vegetables. • 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in potassium • 7 out of 10 are deficient in calcium • 8 out of 10 are deficient in vitamin E • 50 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium • More than 50 percent of the general population is vitamin D deficient, regardless of age • 90 percent of Americans of color are vitamin D deficient • Approximately 70 percent of elderly Americans are vitamin D deficient • Iron levels have decreased since 1997 by 37 percent

• Vitamin A levels have decreased since 1997 by 21 percent • Vitamin C levels have decreased since 1997 by 30 percent

Between dining out and consuming boxed or ready-made meals at home, the average American now eats nearly 40% of their caloric intake from commercially prepared, nutrient-depleted sources each week. These sources of food also contain 30% higher amounts of chemical class known as phthalates compared to unprocessed foods. Phthalates are a class of synthetic chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, meaning they affect hormones in the body. Scientists have linked these chemicals to childhood obesity, asthma, neurological illnesses, cardiovascular issues and even cancer.

Warning Signs how to determine your nutritional status

Feature

Good Nutritional Status

Poor Nutritional Status

Lacking energy & enthusiasm, fatigue, decreased strength

General Appearance

Alert, responsive

Hair

Shiny, lustrous, healthy scalp

Stringy, dull, brittle, dry, depigmented

Neck Glands

No enlargement

Enlarged thyroid

Skin, Face and Neck

Smooth, slightly moist

Greasy & scaly

Dryness, redness, raised blood pressure, glassy appearance, thickened conjunctival tissue

Eyes

Bright, clear, no bags below eye

Dry, scaly, swollen, cold sores, and cracking Smooth appearance, swollen, inflammation, red

Lips

Good color, moist, no cracking

Good pink color, surface appears bumpy, no sores or infections Good pink color no swelling or bleeding, firm Straight, no crowding, well-shaped jaw, no discoloration

Tongue

Red and swollen, receding, spongy

Gums

Slow enamel regrowth, absent teeth, worn surfaces, mottled enamel

Teeth

Rough, dry, scaly, irritated, easily bruised, swollen

Skin Other than Face and Neck

Smooth, slightly moist

Abdomen

Flat

Swollen

Legs & Feet

No tenderness, weakness, swelling

Edema, tender calves, tingling, weakness

Bowlegs, chest deformity at the diaphragm, weak and brittle

Skeleton

No malformation, or weakness

Weight

Normal for height, age and body build

Overweight or underweight

Erect, arms and legs straight, abdomen in, chest out

Sagging shoulders, sunken chest, humped back

Posture

Flaccid, poor tone, underdeveloped, tender

Muscles

Well-developed and firm

Good attention span, good emotional control, not irritable and restless Good appetite and normal digestion, regular bowel movements (Defecate at least 3x daily. First one before 11 am)

Inattentive, irritable, brain fog

Nervous Control

Indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, bloating

Gastrointestinal Function

Easily fatigued, no energy, tired throughout the day, apathetic, easily distracted

Endurance, energetic, sleep well at night, vigorous

General Vitality

Our S.A.D. Diet the standard american diet

Today the average American consumes over 400% more sugar than the daily recommended amount within their daily diet. This accounts for over 40% of their daily caloric intake. This diet behavior is dangerous and has many negative consequences to the body including a suppressed immune system, pancreatic fatigue, insulin resistance, dysbiosis (microbial imbalance of the gut flora), inflammation, hormonal imbalances, and damages to the metabolism. It’s also a major factor in obesity. One reason Americans consume so much refined sugar is that most processed food products contain sugar; even products you would not suspect to contain sugar are loaded with it such as meat, hamburgers, canned salmon, bouillon cubes, luncheon meats, nuts, alcohol, cereals, peanut butter, soups, sauces, dressings, breads, frozen dinners and even vitamins and medications. The list of compromised foods and supplements goes on and on. A Sweet Deception sugar, the single largest physical barrier Sugar intake and degenerative diseases have a direct correlation. High sugar levels in your bloodstream impact, and even damage, proteins in a permanent way by harming the molecular structure. These damaged proteins are known as Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs), and they are known to be directly linked to destruction of healthy cells which can lead to chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cataracts, arthritis, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. As a defense mechanism against the damaging effects of AGEs, the pancreas secretes insulin to reduce the amount of sugar within the blood. While this process prevents you from dying, if this process is repeated frequently, as is consistent with the diet of most Americans, insulin levels will be regularly elevated. This is fatal in the long run due to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, strokes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and thickening of the lining of your arteries which causes heart attacks.

The Adverse Ef f ects of Sugar Several studies have concluded that sugar has adverse effects on the entire body, and these effects have long term consequences. • With as little as 2 teaspoons, sugar significantly reduces the immune system’s ability to fight disease, bacteria, viruses, and other opportunistic pathogens for over 6 hours. • Sugar disrupts the delicate mineral balance within the body by increasing excretion of these minerals. Forcing the body to compensate by removing minerals from organs, bones, and other structures of the body. • Endocrine glands must work harder to counteract the negative effects sugar has on the body. Many of these glands have important roles such mineral regulation, blood pressure, glucose metabolism, and other vital bodily function. Eventually these glands reach their limit and these important bodily functions become less effective. • High blood sugar levels damages proteins and creates disharmony and disfunction. Regular high blood sugar forces the pancreas to work harder to produce insulin to remove sugar from the blood. Causing the cells to become less responsive to insulin. This forces the pancreas to produce many times the normal amount of insulin. High insulin causes sugar to be stored as fat; increasing body fat causes more insulin resistance. This vicious cycle makes it so the body does not feel satiated and consequently crave more calories. Starting the cycle all over again and causing the pancreas to eventually burnout; leading to severe diabetes.

Other Nutritional Factors physical barriers to health • Genetics

Genes affect the chances of having several common illnesses, like heart disease, asthma, neurological conditions, diabetes, along with hundreds of other conditions. If genetically you are more susceptible to illness or disorders you stand the best chance of prolonging and reducing the risk of gene related conditions by focusing on a healthy emotional status, proper nutrition, diet, lowering stress levels, and regular activity and exercise. • Past Injuries Past injuries can restrict our activity and mobility. They may also lower self-esteem and social status creating emotional and physical barriers. • Injured Metabolism Yo-yo dieting, fade extremes to lose weight, and sugar are antagonist to the metabolism. Yearly diets to quickly lose weight injure your metabolism. Making it harder and harder to not only lose weight but to keep it off. Restoring a metabolism is a slow process. On average, a minimum of six months to a year will be necessary to correct and injured metabolism. To avoid this, seek a long-term weight management program rather than a short-term diet. • Sedentary lifestyle Activity and exercise are important to health and vitality. During exercise the organs and tissues are strengthened and revitalized. Endorphins are released that help with mental stability and pleasure. Sedentary lifestyle, along with diet, can lead to chronic illness, depression, anxiety, and other emotional concerns.

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