It is often said that a good diet is sufficient to meet all your nutrient needs. Unfortunately, this is totally false. It is true however that we can have a more than adequate amount of macronutrients with a healthy diet.
In fact, according to several experts, the average American would be overfed and undernourished at the same time.
In many cases, we consume far more calories than necessary, but the intake of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids is greatly inadequate… According to statistics, several deficiencies are present, especially those in vitamin B6, B12, D, iron, magnesium. Add to this the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that should be around 3: 1 but runs more in 15: 1. It must be taken into account that these deficiencies are based on the minimum intake recommended and not optimal intake. The minimum intake is determined by an intake that does not cause medical conditions in the average person.
Important facts to add: physical activity, metabolic stress, medication and genetics, to name but a few, are factors that greatly influence the amount of nutrients needed for proper functioning of our body.
Here are a few tips to optimally meet your nutritional needs:
• Eat raw or steamed vegetables to retain nutrients.
• Vary your diet as much as possible.
• Try to include at least 4 cups of vegetables per day in your diet.
• Get a good multivitamin.
• If you do not consume a lot of vegetables, compensate with some greens.
• Stop reading articles from sites that say all foods kill cancer.
• Do not be afraid of spices and condiments: they are your friends.
• Carbohydrates should be part of your diet, but their consumption should be adapted for everyone.
Article written by: Mathieu Bouchard N.D.