We all know that we need regular supplies of macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats. However when it comes to our micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements, we often disregard their importance or think that we get enough from the foods we eat. It would be great if we could get all the micronutrients from our foods, but the nutritional quality of our food has been steadily decreasing. Our society has grown accustom to its prepackaged, preserved, available year round foods that are often lacking the vital micronutrients needed to maintain good health.
Along with our nutritionally inferior diet, we place excessive amounts of stress on our bodies. Stresses from our increased pace of life, our jobs, financial fears, decreased support system of family and friends and countless other mental and emotional factors all take their toll on the body. They deplete our body's stores of micronutrients and thereby allowing for free radical formation/oxidative damage.
Our environment, the toxins in the soil/ water and the polluted air, all affect our ability to obtain and utilize vitamins and minerals. The soil is lacking much of its natural elements and has been polluted by pesticides and herbicides. The air is filled with particulate from industries, automobiles and harmful UV rays as a result of changes in the ozone layer. Toxins are found within our homes and we unknowingly put toxins on our skin in the form of cosmetics and toiletries. There is hope; micronutrients offer protection against some of the damage the environmental factors can cause.
Our diet, stress and environmental toxins are factor that can lead to micronutrient deficiencies. Taking regular, daily vitamins and minerals will not only help with the deficiencies but can also help us to live healthier lives. Supplementation is just a part of the total program of health. Talk with Dr. Larrow to learn what supplements are suited towards your specific health concerns.