“Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.” Scientific American
Your Veggie-Filled Diet May Not Be As Nutritious As You Think
You eat well. Your diet is balanced, and rich in natural, earthy foods. But, given the diminishing number of nutrients making it through the food chain, you still may not be getting the micronutrients you need. Did you know that the mineral density of everyday produce has been plummeting dangerously over the last century?
Micronutrient Deficiencies Start With Soil
It all begins in the earth. Soil, the starting point for all our food, is losing its fertility. Nutrient-rich “top-soil” takes hundreds of thousands of years to build up. But within a generation, we have managed to leach the soil of nutrient-rich organic material through intensive and aggressive farming practices.
“If soil loss continues at present rates, it is estimated that there is only another 48 years of topsoil left.” Nutrition Security Institute, 2006
The Dilution Effect: Passed Up Through The Food Chain
Micronutrient deficiencies in soil are passed up through the food chain from bottom to top. Fertilizers may speed up plant growth, but this does not mean that plans are absorbing micronutrients faster. On the contrary, fruits and vegetables grown quickly may have less time to absorb nutrients from the soil. So, many crops end up being higher in water content than nutritional value. Plant scientists refer to this diminishing nutrient uptake as the “dilution effect.”
…To Your Plate
Every food group is impacted by the declining nutrients in soil. The diminished nutrients in grains, vegetables and fruits are further diluted as they pass up the food chain. Animals reared on depleted ground, and fed produce grown in depleted soils, absorb fewer nutrients too; which in turn decreases the nutrients in your meat, eggs and dairy.
Micronutrient Deficiencies On The Rise
This had led to an epidemic of micronutrient deficiencies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that more than half of the American population is not getting the Daily Recommended Intake of essential vitamins and minerals in their diet.
Don’t Miss Out On Essential Nutrients
Micronutrients are small, but the consequences of their absence are severe. An increasing body of research links deficiencies in these trace nutrients to your mental wellness, gut health and overall relationship with food. With the escalating decline of nutrient density in our food, it is more important than ever to focus on nutrient absorption and digestion as keystones to health.
MicroNourish Core is a great place to start. The formula is packed with the trace minerals and macro-minerals that should be flourishing in your soil (but aren’t!). The nutrients are blended in careful synergy; each mineral and vitamin carefully balanced to facilitate your absorption of the others.