Just as a physical structure needs a strong foundation to be stable and satisfactory, so your nutritional supplement program needs a strong foundation. Without it both the physical structure and your nutritional supplement program will be unstable and likely to fail under stress just when you need them most.
But why do you need a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement? For decades doctors insisted that there was no need and that if you took a multiple vitamin supplement you are wasting your money and just making expensive urine. That is now changing. There has been recently a recommendation in the Journal of the American Medical Association that everyone take a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. But why is it necessary? There are two reasons:
- Our food supply has been degraded to the point that the mineral content of agri-business produced food is insufficient to support health. Research reports indicate that agri-business produced food has about 1/10 to the mineral content of organically grown food. The vitamin content is decreased by shipping the produce for thousands of miles and by the days or weeks that elapse between the time the food is harvested (usually prematurely) and the time it is eaten. If you want to be playing with a full nutritional deck, eat organically produced food from your local organic farmer and/or grow as much of your own as you can. Organic gardening has powerful health benefits beyond the quality of the food.
- We live in a perilously polluted environment, which is getting worse all the time. Many industries, most notably coal (Clean Coal: Big Lie) and chemicals, use the planet for a toxic waste dump. This has made the liver the most overworked organ of the 21st century because it has the primary responsibility for detoxifying the poisons we take in every time we eat, drink, and breathe. Our detoxification biochemistry requires a lot of vitamins and minerals. Even if you are a master organic gardener and eat produce fresh picked from your garden every day you would still not get enough vitamins and minerals to adequately support your liver and the rest of your detoxification biochemistry.
For these reasons. It is a essential that you take a high potency, high-quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. Otherwise, your body will be so toxic from what you eat, drink, and breathe you that you will not be able to benefit fully from the $800 or so worth of excellent supplements you are already taking.
When you select your multiple vitamin and mineral supplement it is vitally important to consider quality and the quantity of the components in the formula. I will tell you about this in the next blog. I don't know what made me think I could cover all this in one post. It now looks like it will require too more and maybe three. That's okay, though, because this is the foundation of your entire nutritional supplement program and so is fundamentally important.