Are You Getting All Your Vitamins and Minerals?
Probably not if you are eating the typical American diet. It has been estimated by experts that the majority of Americans are significantly deficient in most of the vitamins and minerals that are required for good health. Most vitamins and minerals need to be replenished on a daily basis. For example, our body requires 15-18 mg of zinc daily. The average American gets 50% or less of the daily requirement. The effects of a zinc deficiency can be observed in as little as three to four days, and in two weeks a significant deficiency can be detected. Zinc is one of the major immune factors. If we experience colds and flu or infection, it’s possible that we are very deficient in zinc. This is just an example of one nutrient but there is a whole list of nutrients that the body requires on a daily basis. When doctors refer to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or diseases such as type 2 diabetes, they are called so because of a lack of a better description. I believe a far better description of these conditions would be a bio-chemical malfunction or disorder. They are not diseases per se but a malfunction caused by a lack of nutrients that are required daily but are treated with a drug with its own list of side effects. Unless we get back to a better healthy diet and a good multivitamin and mineral supplement that supplies all of our vitamins and minerals in the dosages required on a daily basis, our medical care system will continue to fail because they’re treating disorders with drugs.