It’s estimated we are receiving only 40 percent of the nutritional value of food nowadays. Some reports suggest this is untrue while many reports go even farther by saying this figure is actually lower. In any case, unless you are fortunate enough to have a garden close by with organic fresh food you can harvest and eat on a daily basis, I believe the food available in the supermarket does indeed lack in nutrition.
Many fresh foods travel great distances and many foods are processed to increase shelf life read more about okinawa flat belly tonic here. To obtain the highest possible yield, producers are forced to rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides for their crops, while other producers use growth hormones, antibiotics, and inhumane confinement for animal production. (By the way, from what I understand about antibiotics given to animals destined for the dinner table…they are not necessary if the animals are kept in clean, un-crowded environments where they are able to stretch their legs and get fresh air and sunshine daily. Another reason to shop organic.)
The availability of high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar, and low-fibre foods has rapidly become commonplace, and growing concern with processed foods is they are becoming much less expensive than nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables. The availability and lower price of processed and energy-dense foods rich in sugar and fat makes them appealing to the pocket book as well as the taste buds, but not without consequences. Obesity, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and other chronic conditions are gaining a stronghold in North America and researchers are now beginning to admit that diet plays a huge role in the prevention and treatment of disease.
Balance, variety, and moderation are the keys to a healthful diet. A balanced proportion of foods from the different food groups, a variety of foods from within the different food groups, and moderation in the consumption of any food should provide us with the nutrients we need to sustain life.
Although developments in the food industry over time have improved food quality and safety, there are still concerns over the nutritional content the food actually contains. Nutrients should come primarily from the foods we eat, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find foods that have not been grown in nutritionally challenged soils. Decades of poor agricultural practices are depleting foods of the nutrients we need for optimal health and wellness.
This is why nutritional supplements are important.
Nutritional supplements are designed to provide nutrients, both essential and non-essential, that you may not be getting from your diet. Also known as dietary supplements, nutritional supplements are an important part of a balanced health regime and can offer significant health benefits. They can help to correct nutritional deficiencies and help boost the immune system, and there is growing scientific evidence supporting the benefits of nutritional supplements and their role in maintaining optimal health.
So maybe you take high quality omega 3s, multi-vitamins, and multi-minerals to eliminate the deficiency caused by modern foods. You might take calcium, ZMA, antioxidants, probiotics, and so on and on, but regardless, most of these are meant to supplement the diet and lifestyle.
Some people argue that you should only use whole foods to attain all your macro/micro nutrients, and that taking supplements like the above is unnatural. The problem with that argument is that our soil (which our foods grow from) no longer contain the same nutrient quality, and our food is more processed; there are more chemicals; there are less antioxidants; and our lifestyles are more toxic.
On top of all that, these supplements are used to fill a deficiency, and any deficiency to the body means it is functioning less optimally. Would you rather take a supplement and not have deficiencies or continue to stick to the dogma of natural vs. unnatural while living with a deficiency?
If you chose the latter, all the more power to you. I’d rather fill the gaps with supplements then live on the edge with a deficiency. And that leads me to the point of the post, which is the more controversial supplements like steroids, pro-steroids, fat, burners, etc…
If someone has the knowledge of the consequences and protocols on each and every supplement, and still chooses to take it, then that is their choice. You don’t make that decision for them, and you really shouldn’t criticize them for it either. Yes it’s vanity driven. Yes they might be “cheating”, and yes they are most likely damaging their health (adrenals specifically) to achieve the body of their dreams, but the key point in all of this is that it is their body.
Many people’s lives are driven by how their body looks, or how they perceive their body image. And if you’re not comfortable with your body, that’s going to kill your confidence, make you sad, and really have a negative domino effect in your life. Not to say this can’t be accomplished with “natural” methods like exercise.