MINERAL DEFICIENCY IN SOIL
Current commercial agriculture techniques leave soil deficient in important minerals, causing the food grown in this soil to share the same mineral deficiencies.
MINERAL DEPLETION OF STORAGE FOODS
Many foods are shipped long distances and are stored for long periods of time, both of which cause the depletion of vitamins in these foods, including the important B-complex and C vitamins.
INADEQUATE DAILY LEVEL OF NUTRIENTS
Food processing, cooking, and preserving leads to nutrient depletion in our food supply that makes it difficult to obtain adequate nutrition from foods alone.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOs)
GMOs do not provide adequate nutritional value. Many fruits and vegetables are genetically bred to improve visual appeal and crop yields, not nutritional value, which frequently results in lesser nutritional values than our ancestors’ food supply.
POOR EATING HABITS DUE TO BUSY LIFESTYLE
Insufficient chewing of food, eating on the run, and stress contribute to poor digestion, making it difficult for our bodies to extract all the nutrients it needs from food.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BLOCKING ABSORPTION
Pharmaceutical drug use has escalated over time. Most medications deplete essential nutrients, making people more vulnerable to deficiencies.
LIFESTYLE, HEALTH, & AGE DETERMINE NEEDS
Specific times in life and health conditions may result in higher needs of certain nutrients. For example, folic acid needs tend to be higher during pregnancy, while menopausal women may be vulnerable to calcium deficiencies.
POLLUTION INCREASES THE BODY’S NEEDS
Increasing levels of environmental pollution in our air, water, and food may cause our bodies to use more nutrients than normal to detoxify and eliminate harmful substances. This is especially true of the antioxidant vitamins, some of which include: the “ACE Vitamins:” Vitamins A, C, and E.
DNA PLAYS A ROLE IN YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
We all have genetic weaknesses, including higher needs of some nutrients, higher rates of depletion for certain nutrients, and an increased likelihood of genetic expression of some illnesses if vitamin or mineral deficiencies are present.
SUPPLEMENTATION MAY HELP SICKNESS & DISEASE
Many nutrients have been proven to prevent or aid in the treatment of health conditions like high cholesterol, arthritis, birth defects, and cancer.