“One sentence has killed more people than all the wars in American history: You get all the nutrition you need from the four food groups.” – Dr. Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND
Have you noticed how many people are not looking very well? My husband Paul came back from shopping in town the other day and said, “People look really sick, especially the young people.”
Could part of the problem be what we are eating…and not eating?
You cannot get all that your body needs from food due to the depletion of nutrients in our crop-bearing soils. There are 90 essential nutrients that every human being needs every day to stay healthy. For every nutrient that is missing, there can be up to 10 deficiency diseases.
You may remember hearing stories of how British sailors were cured of scurvy by making sure they brought limes with them on long voyages. Scurvy is caused by vitamin C deficiency; limes are a good source of Vitamin C. Our bodies need vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids in order to function properly and be healthy.
Minerals comprise 60 of the 90 essential nutrients. There is not a single plant, animal or human that can produce even one of these 60 essential minerals, so these essential minerals must be consumed, and consumed in a way the body can use them.
What form do minerals need to be in for our bodies to use them?
The minerals must be in plant form for our bodies to absorb them (in other words, we can’t eat rocks!). In order for us to consume mineral-rich plants, the plants must absorb the minerals from the soil. And here’s the problem: it seems we no longer have all 60 essential minerals in our crop-bearing soil.
According to U.S. Senate Document 264 written in 1936, the minerals our bodies need are no longer in the soil. Could that be because we have not let our land “rest,” as in Old Testament days?
How many commercial farms or even family farmers do you know who give their land a “sabbath of solemn rest” every seventh year, as the LORD instructed Moses?
“Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. What grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine, for it is a year of rest for the land” (Leviticus 25: 3-5).
More and more health experts are reporting that up to 80% of the chronic health conditions and diseases plaguing the Western world are a result of nutrient deficiencies. Supplements provide the food your body is not getting, but they have to be of the quality and in the right form for the body to absorb them. We’ve seen news reports recently of some vitamin manufacturers and large retail health food chains selling products which did not have the ingredients their labels said they contained.
The solution: know the source of the supplements you are taking. If unsure, ask a Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Health Coach, or other alternative health care practitioner you trust who is knowledgeable about nutrition.
Gluten: The Inflammation Factor
You may be unwittingly eating foods which cause damage to your body. Even if you believe you are not “allergic” to gluten, many have become more intolerant of it over the years.
This is thanks in part to the fact that many of today’s grains are engineered, man-made GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) with three times the amount of gluten.
These are not the grains of Bible days (such as millet). Gluten is a spongey protein found in whole grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats.
Our ability to absorb nutrients can be compromised by gluten. Gluten has been known to cause tissue destruction in the small intestines which absorbs nutrients. This results in digestive problems, mal-absorption problems, chronic health conditions, and disease.
It’s like putting gasoline in a gas tank which has holes in it.
Most people do not even know they have gluten intolerance. They may think something else is causing problems with their digestive system. Do not underestimate gluten intolerance; the damage it causes could be making you and your loved ones sick.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).
For a free copy of “Ten Bad Foods List,” sources for the 90 Essential Nutrients, and a free Self-Health Evaluation you can take online, contact Laurette Willis at Laurette@PraiseMoves.com . Laurette is a Certified Health Coach, published author, and Founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry. You may contact Laurette at the email address above, 918-458-1800 or www.PraiseMoves.com.