Nutrient deficiencies are surprisingly common. There are several reasons for
depletes the soil of nutrients, particularly minerals such as selenium, copper
and zinc. Fruits and vegetables derive their nutrients from the soil
and their nutrient content suffers as a result.
removes vital nutrients. White flour, for example, has lost 60% of its
calcium, 85% of magnesium, 77% of zinc and 98% of its chromium.
Modern diets that rely on highly refined convenience foods, and lack fruits and
vegetables, simply cannot provide enough nutrients to support optimum health.
Most diets are
high in sugar
, whether directly from sweets, chocolate or cakes, or indirectly from
sugar-enriched breakfast cereals and packet foods.
Many so-called 'healthy' fruit bars are loaded with sugar. But, sugar has to be
metabolised in the body along with all other foods and it takes nutrients to
do that. Sugar does not provide any nutrients - it just eats them up as it
passes through the body leaving a shortage of nutrients for other vital
The immune system is particularly susceptible and can be the first to suffer.
Many substances are '
' i.e. they take nutrients out of the body or cause an imbalance.
Sugar can be placed in this category along with excess alcohol, cigarette
smoke and heavy metals e.g. lead from pollution. Stress
might also feature here because it depletes nutrients.