Decreased Mineral and Vitamin Consumption
“Problems as common as dry skin, easy bruising, frequent runny noses, yeast infections, and crampy digestive systems are all exacerbated by, if not due entirely to, inadequate nutrition.” 1
“Percent of Americans aged 100 in 1830: .02
Percent of Americans aged 100 in 1990: .015
Percentage of Americans living today expected to live to 100: .001” 1
“For vitamin A, only 46.7% of healthy females meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), levels are low in 87% of children with asthma. For vitamin D, 55% of obese children, 76% of minority children, and 36% of otherwise healthy, young adults are deficient. For vitamin E, 58% of toddlers between one and two years old, 91% of preschoolers, and 72.3% of healthy females do not consume enough. Zero percent of breastfed infants were found to have achieved the minimum recommended intake of vitamin K. For b vitamins, only 54.7% consumed adequate B2, for folate, only 2.2% of women between the ages 18 and 35 and 5.2% of women aged 36-50 achieved the recommended intake, and for calcium, fewer than 22% of African-American adolescent girls consumed the RDA.
Not one study shows 100% adequacy of any single nutrient. Presumably, the vast majority of Americans are deficient in multiple nutrients.” 1
Increased Disease Prevalence
Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke, these diseases are, for the most part, preventable. Yet, despite our advances in medicine, rates keep climbing and now it is becoming more common for young people to die from these diseases,2 why? Highly processed foods have become more prevalent, accessible, and normalized. Foods our parents and grandparents didn’t have access to until later in life are now what we are giving to young children. To put it more bluntly, 30 years of Doritos will kill you no matter what age you start eating them at.
At the same time, these processed foods that are virtually devoid of nutrients have displaced nutrient-dense foods. Cooking is less common, people work longer hours, a healthful lifestyle has become elitist, and the cost of healthcare is set to reach $6 trillion by 2027.
I don’t think it’s dramatic to say that this is an absolute crisis. But we can still change it.
Healthful food can be cheaper pound for pound than processed or fast foods.3, 4 Not to mention, the cost of hospitalization, prescription drugs, and lost earnings due to sickness or early death massively outweighs the cost of healthful foods.
Running or walking is free. YouTube has excellent free exercise and cooking videos. Pinterest and Instagram have exercise routines, meal plans, and recipes. Meal kits are available in just about every eating pattern. If you want to change your life, and the lives of people around you set a reasonable goal and steps to how you can achieve it. Pick a date and make a plan.
You got this ✌🏻