The best we can hope for is produce grown in the most Natural way, with as much soil nutrition and diversity as possible. That being said, even a good diet can be deficient in vital nutrients. If our produce is not as nutrient rich, then the simple answer is eat more of it right? Sounds simple, but try eating 2lbs of fresh produce in one sitting and let me know how that works for you. Probably not going to make you feel real comfortable, as your body probably will have a hard time breaking down all of that fiber trying to squeeze out the nutrients it needs.
At this point many people may throw out the supplement topic. Eat a good diet and just take supplements right? What are supplements? Some Company, basically unregulated in many cases, produces a product that when chemically tested in a laboratory, shows it contains certain levels of vitamins and minerals. The question you should be asking is where did those vitamins and minerals come from, and are all vitamins and minerals the same? If you do any research on this topic you’ll find the answer to that last question is no, not all vitamins and minerals are created equal. Without going into a complex Biology and Chemical discussion, I’ll just say that not all vitamins and mineral forms are soluble and usable by our bodies. When we eat something, there are a host of processes that go on that break down the very cells of the plant so that it can be absorbed and used by the body. In many cases one nutrient or enzyme in the plant might actually be required for the body to break down another nutrient present in the same plant, etc., etc. Everything works together, but if one of those items is missing, the body can’t process that nutrient so it is flushed out of the system. This appears to be the case with most supplements. You may see a little effect, but the majority of the time your body is flushing out the unusable supplement and you get very little benefit. That’s not saying all supplements are bad, or all supplement companies are bad, but the truth is they are actually a poor substitute for real vitamins and nutrients derived from our food. If you are in a situation where supplements are your best option for getting supplemental nutrition, at least do your homework. Find out how the supplements are processed, find out where the nutrients found in the product are produced, and what quality control measures are in place. Make an informed decision at least.
So by now you are probably asking “So what is the best way to get the required nutrition?” Well the answer I’ve decided on is Juicing. You start with getting the freshest produce possible, grown as close to Natural as possible so it has the most nutrition possible. The other important factor is diversity. You don’t want to just juice carrots, or apples, or kale all of the time. You want to drink juices with as much diversity and variety as possible. Find different colors, textures, etc. A rule of thumb is Green Leafy Vegetables are your most nutrient dense vegetable choices, so always try and work some of these into all of your juices. A juice made from fresh produce is still alive when you drink it, the life force within the plant is still viable and that energy can be taken into your body. Plants are made up of mostly water, and fiber. A good juicer extracts the nutrient rich water and soluble fiber, and separates it from the unsalable fiber making it easier for your body to immediately absorb and process the nutrients. Easier absorption means the body doesn’t have to expend energy on processing, so it can focus it in other areas of the body such as healing.
Through juicing it’s possible to convert several pounds of nutrient rich fruit and vegetables into a couple of glasses of nutrient rich liquid your body can easily consume. Also through juicing it’s easy to combine the diversity of foods together that your body requires. Constantly consuming a diverse variety of fresh Natural fruits and vegetables allows your body to absorb everything it needs to run properly and keep all of your systems at peak performance.
The World we live in has become a toxic environment. The air we breath is full of toxic chemicals, the water we drink, and wash in is full of Chlorine, Fluoride, heavy metals, and who knows what else. The medications we take, the clothes we wear, perfumes, deodorants, everything around us is poison to our bodies. That’s the bad news, but the good news is our bodies can handle it if only they get the nutrients necessary, the building blocks required, the energy to run the miracle that is the human body.