Are the Foods that We Eat Supplying Necessary Nutrients?
Mar. 28, 2013 12:02 am
Updated: Mar. 29, 2013 8:46 pm
My initial intent for this blog was not so much to pass on recipes or show results of recipes I tried. I had hoped to help other people by passing on information that I have learned about diet, supplements, etc. in an effort improve the general health
of everyone. Do I know everything - geez no. I am learning new things every day. All of the information available can be overwhelming, and it really has to be scrutinized. Even if you find out about something that is supposed to beneficial, do you really
I have always been of the opinion that supplements were necessary only to compensate for deficiencies in the diet. But how can you know what those deficiencies might be unless you encounter a specific problem? Too much of some nutrients can be toxic if they
are not water soluble and passed in the urine. There are tests for some dietary deficiencies but not for others. How can you know what you need or what is too much?
To further complicate the issue, our bodies function differently as we age than it did when we were young. The enzymes necessary to break down foods so that the nutrients can be utilized are reduced as we age. So even if we are eating a balanced and nutritious
diet, our bodies may be passing most of the nutrients without using them.
At least for me, all of this is mind-boggling. Is it safe to assume that my mother at 92, and my husband and I at mid 60s, need supplements to compensate for nutrients we may not be absorbing? If you also take into account foods that should be supplying certain
nutrients that don't, this also adds to the complication. Normally, most meats should supply the Omega-3 that we need, but if meat animals are fed primarily grain diets, the Omega-6 and Omega-9 of the grains literally eliminates the Omega-3 in the meat. This
also holds true for pond raised fish vs. wild-caught fish. Even range fed beef, chickens, etc. can vary in health value depending on when they are processed. In colder climates, there is no grass for them to eat. So they have to be fed grains. At this point
in time, all of the grains used for animal feed are primarily GMO. Theory has it that processing of meats after a few months of natural grass feeding negates the effects of winter grain feeding, but no one seems to know if the effects of GMO grain feeding
dissipates over time or not.
In addition to using my research to help my mother, I have been using it to improve the diet of my parrots. As a parrot breeder of over 30 years, I became aware of a decline of fertility, not only in my parrots, but those of every breeder nationwide. This started
in the early 2000's and at the time was blamed on El Nino and then El Nina. There was not only an increase of infertility, but dead-in-shell chicks increased. It wasn't until the last few years that I realized GMO soy and corn was being used in parrot foods.
In fact, corn and soy are the first two ingredients used in most parrot pellets. I have since learned that the same problem has occurred in other animals, and is also occurring in humans. Since learning about this, I have tried to avoid GMO foods in what I
feed my parrots. At this point in time, I don't know if the damage is permanent or if it can eventually be corrected.
My hopes with this blog is that we can all share information that will benefit everyone. Although I have learned a lot about diet and supplements, I don't by any means claim that I know all there is to know. I will share what I find, and I am very open, and
welcome, to questions and challenges. Will I share cool recipes along the way - yeah probably. I would really like for this blog to be informative, cool, and fun.