Nutrient Deficiency May Be at the Heart of the Obesity Epidemic
Today, researchers are making major strides in obesity research as they’ve finally begun to look to the problem of mineral deficiencies in our diets and how they cause cravings and overeating.
Part of the reason so many people are overweight today is because of the mineral decline in the food we eat. Our body wants minerals, so it creates cravings that signal us to eat more to get the amount of minerals it needs, because one serving of potatoes just doesn’t cut it anymore. As one researcher notes, despite excessive dietary consumption, obese individuals have high rates of micronutrient deficiencies. Deficiencies of specific vitamins and minerals that play important roles in glucose metabolism and insulin signalling pathways may contribute to the development of diabetes in the obese population.
Nutritional deficiencies also create vicious food cravings . . . cravings for salty things, sweet things, starchy things, cold things. This is your body telling you, “I need more minerals—major minerals, trace minerals, minerals!” This is why pregnant women often crave dirt, corn starch, and other strange compounds like these. Their body is telling them they need more major and trace minerals in the body to grow a healthy baby. Unfortunately, even dirt might not satisfy these craving as much as it would have 50 years ago, when our soil still had valuable minerals in it.
Same thing with food cravings. Your body is telling you it needs something very crucial right now – something healthy, with minerals in it. You keep eating and eating yet nutritionally you are still starving.
Will Buying Organic Help?
Organic and local foods are free of pesticides and potentially dangerous chemicals, yes. They have not lost nutrition through transport and mishandling, true. They are fresher, more nutritious, and healthier than conventional produce in the sense that they haven’t lost minerals through transport, sitting in trucks, getting bruised and rotting, these kinds of issues, yes. But… although local and organic vegetables are the epitome of “clean eating” they still come from nutrient depleted soils, and that, organic cannot fix.
Why is Our Soil So Depleted?
There are about 5 reasons why the nutrition is going out of our soil and, consequently, out of our food. First, our soil is eroding. We’re losing all of our fertile topsoil due to erosion. Soil erosion is caused by the bulldozing, burning, and cultivation of the plant material that was used to nourish the soil and the removal of the kind of plant cover fertile topsoil needs to thrive. All of these factors are causing the top three, fertile layers of our soil to erode away.
Second, our mineral-rich topsoil has been so ravaged by over-farming that there is not enough fertile, mineral containing soil left. Third, farmers are breeding high yield varieties of plants with weak root systems that cannot absorb the few nutrients that are left in the soil. Fourth, the use of pesticides negatively impacts the nutritional quality of food. Lastly, the use of NPK (Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K)) fertilizers, which do not replace the soil with necessary organic matter that produces nutrients.
Not to mention the genetic breeding of less nutritious, hardier, higher yielding plant varieties that provide huge quantities of food but not nutrient dense, high quality food. All of these factors have resulted in what is called “mineral dilution” or “nutrient dilution” of our food. If we cannot get our nutrients from our food anymore, we’re going to have to put them back into our bodies and soil again. That’s the only solution. Think on it all you might, it is the only solution. We cannot force industrial farmers to replace the minerals in our soil . . . yet.
The Solution: Plant Based Minerals
There is a solution to mineral loss. First, we can look to plant based minerals, the only kind of minerals that are completely absorbed by the body. Second, we can grow our own vegetables in plant based remineralised soil that guarantees a mineral-rich yield of produce. Third, we can begin creating awareness about the dangerous lack of nutrients in our food supply. But, while we work on re-mineralising our soil, we need to remineralise our bodies.
Why Plant-Based Minerals Work
The advantage of organic, plant-based minerals as opposed to metallic minerals is that they are easily and completely absorbed by the body. We only absorb 4-6% of metallic (chelated) minerals or other forms that are not plant derived. These are the kind of minerals sold at stores and all over the web. But plant based minerals, which are harder to find (but well worth it), are absorbed by the body and soil at a rate of 100%. Plant-based minerals are the products of photosynthesis, in which plants digest metallic minerals and convert them into hydrophilic (water soluble) minerals through their root system.
During photosynthesis the plant digests the mineral creatng a tiny, atom-sized mineral the size of 1 one millionth of a micron that can be immediately absorbed by the human body. Plant minerals are of the same form as those obtained from tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, oranges or any other food grown from the earth. They are also enzymatcally alive. They have been predigested by the plant allowing humans to absorb them at the cellular level, where they can immediately go to work, refueling our body with precious nutrients and minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, and manganese.
If we want to reverse the epic increase in disease today, we must correct the nutrient decline in our foods to do so. We can start at home, taking plant based minerals and growing gardens with re-mineralised soil. We can re-nourish ourselves, our families, and reach out to friends and neighbours to share what we have learned. But soon, we must begin clamouring for change. We need industrial farmers to start re-mineralizing their soil at a global level and for government officials to treat this problem as the world crisis it truly is. We do not have to settle for a diet of weak poisons. We can put the nutrition back in.