How is it that we eat more and get less?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 80% of women and 70% of men consume less than two-thirds of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for one or more essential nutrients.
How is this possible? Keep reading…..
Reason #1: We eat empty calories (foods that contain little nutritional value), such as: Heavily Processed Foods, Baked Goods, Soda, Candy, and Desserts
Reason #2: Most people don’t know that many aspects of daily living can increase the level of nutrients your body needs, accelerate nutrient losses, or impair proper nutrient absorption.
Antacids—Certain antacids might block the absorption of nutrients such as calcium or iron. Long-term antacid use in some cases has been associated with nutritional deficiencies. Also, more often than not, you don’t really need antacids.
Caffeine—The tannins in coffee and tea can interfere with absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, and B vitamins. Because caffeine has a diuretic action, it also might deplete nutrients such as vitamin B6. Caffeine can also increase emotional stress (see Emotional Stress below), trigger cravings for unhealthy foods, and cause heartburn (see Antacids above).
Surgery—Recovery from surgery (like any illness or injury) requires additional nutrients, such as protein and antioxidants. Some surgical procedures (gastric bypass, intestinal resection) can also permanently affect dietary absorption of important nutrients such as vitamin B12.
Pregnancy—Mothers need additional nutrients such as folic acid in pregnancy. Nutritional deficiencies may force the mother and fetus to compete for nutrients and might lead to complications for either or both. Nutrient depletion during pregnancy also increase risks for post-partum depression.
Influenza (Flu) —A body depleted of nutrients not only makes a better host for infectious diseases like the flu but also increases the body’s need for antioxidants (E, C, beta carotene) found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts. A healthy balance of intestinal bacteria also positively influences the body’s immune system and can be fostered by a healthy diet and probiotics.
Emotional Stress—In addition to physical stress, the body requires increased nutritional needs (like vitamin C) due to emotional stress—which can also cause unhealthy eating. It’s a vicious cycle, one that need to be mindfully handled.
Poor diet— lacking in protein, Essential Fatty Acids, and key vitamins—on its own can be the cause of emotional stress. Stress also restricts the body’s flow of blood (which carries nutrients) by tightening muscles.
Prescription/OTC Drugs—With increase use of prescription medications, these are important to keep in mind:
Corticosteroids can inhibit calcium absorption, birth control pills
Hormone replacement therapy can deplete B vitamins
Statin medications can deplete essential CoQ10
Weight loss drugs or “fat blockers” can reduce the absorption of various micronutrients—just to name a few.
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