The Nutrition Gap
A more balanced approach to optimal nutrition
Balance and variety is key as different parts of the body rely on certain nutrients, so it is clear that the body needs to receive a variety of food groups and other nutrients to work optimally.
Food is not what it used to be, even fresh food!
People buy fresh food and think they are getting all the nutrition they need. From my professional perspective the sad truth is that due to today's mass market food production and processing methods, we face a gap in our nutritional intake. In addition, we are eating foods or ingredients that upset our digestive system and that our bodies are not designed to deal with.
The truth about fruit and vegetables
We do need to eat fruit and vegetables, they are absolutely key to good health! But the impact of farming methods on the nutritional content of foods is alarming. Mineral levels are decreasing due to lack of nutrients in the soil. Fruits and vegetables produce the most nutrients during the last 48 hours prior to ripening. Modern production methods pick our fruit and vegetables before they are ripe and they are 'treated' with various products to ensure mass production, availability and to ensure they look 'the right shape' and 'the right colour' for when they hit the shelves! This results in a big decrease in the nutritional value of these foods.
An example for you - a tomato ripened on the vine has 300 phytonutrients in it. A harvested tomato, picked before it is ripened, is mainly fibre and water - with very little nutrition inside.
Eating your 5 a day
The latest expert recommendation, by the World Health Organisation, is to eat a 10 portions of fruit and vegetables each day! What we eat and how effectively our body absorb its nutrients is key to wellness.
For many people the nutrition gap causes real worries about how to eat healthily - what to eat, when to eat and how the body will cope with change like growing, ageing, illness, digestive problems, allergies, fertility and pregnancy.
What's in your supplement?
Supplements can help fill the nutrition gap, however most people don't realise that up to 90% of vitamins and minerals you see on the shelf and online are synthetic. Synthetic supplements are not derived from real food and therefore cannot mimic the biological process. Many packs say they are natural - in fact they may be up to 90% synthetic!
Read my blog to learn how to decipher the label on your supplement, plus find out more about the unique nutrients that transformed my health and help every cell in your body to work more optimally.
Read more about how I can help you to find nutritional and wellness balance and fill the nutrition gap with Nutrition and Wellness Appointments.