Nutrition Is The Foundation Of Health
There’s a great explanation of why we need to supplement with plant-derived minerals, the link is below the excerpt below. It explains why minerals are lacking in our soils today, and why our bodies aren’t able to efficiently absorb minerals from dirt and rocks. It’s an interesting article and worth reading.
Mineral Requirements in Animals and Humans
“Millions of years ago the soil near the earth’s surface, where our plants are grown, was saturated with dozens of minerals. At least 84 minerals were available nearly everywhere and some areas of the planet did contain 100 minerals. The plants of prehistoric times were rich in minerals because there was an abundant supply for them to feed upon from the soil. When a plant grows it draws available minerals from the soil.
We now know the mineral content of plants has been severely altered throughout the last several million years and drastically altered during the last 100 years.
“When man began to till the soil, wind and rain erosion began to take its toll along with continuous cropping which gradually caused the soils to lack minerals. In fact, this can result in ‘dead fields’ where NOTHING will grow, farmers then need to scatter fertilizer (minerals) on the soil. Mineral depletion also compromises a plant’s immune system so it has weakened defences. This results in the need for carcinogenic pesticides. “What a sad state of affairs we have gotten ourselves into”.
“According to research in the animal husbandry field and The National Science Foundation, animals require at least 45 minerals, 12 essential amino acids, 16 vitamins, and 3 essential fatty acids. According to Gary Price Todd, M.D., the human body requires at least 60 minerals for optimal health and basically the same other essentials as animals.
Only 8 minerals are available in any kind of quantity in most of the food we eat today. We know plants can make vitamins, amino acids and varying amounts of fatty acids, if they are healthy from being grown in soils containing abundant minerals. If the soil lacks minerals, the plant is stunted because a plant cannot make minerals.”
All over the world now, our soils are mineral deficient because of the extended use of fertilizers and “maximum yield” mass farming methods.
What we put into our bodies is just as important as what we don’t. From the food we eat to the supplements we take, quality is important.
Youngevity’s nutritional products are one thing have made the biggest difference in our lives, and it doesn’t take very long to notice the difference when we run out…joints and muscles, especially, but energy, too. Out of everything we do to stay healthy, we feel this is the most important, and the one we won’t give up. I’ve tried many different supplements without feeling results, but because Youngevity uses plant-based minerals they are easily absorbed by the body.
It’s interesting to note that our bodies can use minerals without the presence of vitamins, we cannot use vitamins without the presence of minerals.
12 Bad Foods You Should Never Eat explains what these foods are and why you should avoid them…some of them will surprise you!
Our bodies are just like cars, if you fail to maintain them they will eventually break down. There are many health issues caused from nutritional deficiencies that M.D.’s will try to manage with drugs or surgery, but those don’t fix the root of the problem. Your body knows how to heal itself when you give it the nutrition it needs. Youngevity’s medical nutrition programs are designed to make it easy to do this, with different Healthy Start Packs for different health challenges. We also like that we can add the Tangy Tangerine and the Beyond Osteo-fx to water and drink it…not only is it absorbed faster by the body, it tastes good and encourages us to drink more water, but it also means we don’t have to take handfuls of pills which I don’t enjoy doing.
We started taking the Healthy Start Pack soon after my husband tore the meniscus in his knee and was told he would need surgery because it wouldn’t heal on it’s own by medical doctors. However, the naturopathic doctors at Youngevity, Dr. Joel Wallach and Dr. Peter Glidden, said joints, bone, and cartilage can heal with nutrition…and they were right. No surgery was needed. We’ll never know what other health issues we might have had without this nutrition.
90 Essential Nutrients makes it clear why our foods are deficient in nutrients, why supplementation is necessary, and includes a chart with Nutritional Deficiencies Categories and the diseases resulting from those deficiencies.