A close look at diet and proper nutrition in the modern world reveals some surprising facts. The western world faces steadily rising obesity rates as more people eat fast food, over-rich snacks and factory processed foods instead of healthier natural foods. The surprising result of America’s infatuation with these foods is that people are becoming overweight and suffering from serious nutrient deficiencies at the same time.
Vitamin deficient diet causing obesity
Your body’s metabolism depends on liquid multivitamins and minerals to function properly. The modern American diet is filled with calorie dense foods lacking in these essential nutrients. Health and functional medicine expert Dr.Mark Hyman shows that diets lacking in essential nutrients actually causes obesity. Eating a diet lacking in Vitamin D, rich in fats and empty calories confuses your body metabolism and makes it much less efficient at converting food into energy.
The more empty calories you consume, the less efficient your metabolism becomes. You eat more, your insulin level increases and levels of magnesium in your system drop. Because your body can’t get the energy it needs from food, the chemical hunger signals from your brain drive you to eat more. Dr. Hyman reports that more than 80 percent of Americans diets are deficient in vitamin D and over 30 percent lack adequate levels of Vitamin A, magnesium and Vitamins C and E.
Vitamin and mineral supplements combined with increased amounts of green vegetables and whole grains can help restore the levels of nutrients in your body to healthy levels for good metabolic function.
Vitamin A, E
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition (August 2011) shows that for many Americans the daily diet is seriously lacking in essential minerals and vitamins. Over 30 percent of all Americans do not get enough Vitamin A from food. Vitamin A is available in retinol supplements and from foods rich in Beta Carotene such as carrots, leafy greens and liver. Deficiency leads to serious health and vision problems.
The report shows that 60 percent of Americans do not get enough Vitamin E from foods. This nutrient is useful for aiding in the treatment of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It is also used to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other brain disease. Vitamin E is available in supplements and can be found in a variety of foods including turnips, sunflower seeds and tomatoes. It has useful antioxidant properties and improves skin health.
Younger Americans get Vitamin B12 from a variety of foods. Red meats and dairy contain this nutrient as do eggs and poultry. As we age, many people lose the ability to take Vitamin B12 from food sources. Supplements are useful for supplying this important nutrient in individuals over age 50.
B12 is important for good health because it is needed for red blood cell production and DNA synthesis. A deficiency of Vitamin B12 can cause fatigue, anemia and weight loss. B12 is also useful for treating individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Hippocrates said “Let your food be your medicine” and that advice is still sound today. Choosing a healthy diet combined with whole food vitamins and supplements and moderate exercise is still the best way to keep healthy.