After my research on rickets, it occurred to me there are plenty of other nutrient deficiencies likely in our diets, given how we eat in a rush, rush world! Fast food has become the staple of many diets, and if fast food isn’t available, we hit the aisle in the grocery store where food is already prepared and packaged, leaving only the necessity of opening and tossing in the microwave for heating!
While eating “fast food” and “pre-packaged” foods can kill the “hungries,” the long term effect can be problematic! Because of all the extra ingredients like salt, sugar and chemicals to stabilize and create a long shelf life, the product isn’t anywhere near its original form. It’s been stripped of most of its nutrients, then sterilized, processed and processed again! This affects the nutritional value of the food, which is optimal for growth, development and the function of our children and even as adults!
The lack of specific nutrients can also lead to other problems and diseases, much like the children in the show I was watching. While rickets is often no longer a problem, anemia, nerve function, digestion and metabolism among many others can be affected!
While we usually associate these kinds of issues with “sick children,” seemingly healthy children can also be affected. When there is a deficiency of any particular vitamin or nutrient, it affects the ability to think clearly and well in a school setting, promote obesity, because they don’t have the energy or ability to be outside and exercise through playing physical games or even doing simple chores like raking leaves or walking the dog!
We adults, are not much better! Because of our diets, we are worn to a frazzle not long after we’ve eaten. We’ve consumed so much sugar and carbs, all we want to do is take a nap, especially in the middle of the afternoon! And then we fill up on power drinks filled with all kinds of questionable ingredients or coffee for the caffeine hit.
I read once if you can’t pronounce the ingredients in something you plan to eat or drink, then you probably should reconsider ingesting it! That makes good sense to me! I am not suggesting we should never visit a fast food place or even eat out of a box occasionally, but “occasionally” is the optimal word here! This type of eating can only hurt you. When you eat clean and fresh (vegetables, fruits and whole grains in their most natural form), your vitamin and mineral intake is going to be much greater!
So I challenge you to look closely at the food before you. Is it fast food---likely full of ingredients you can’t pronounce; or is your plate full of fresh foods, in as close as possible to their most natural state? Would you consider changing what you are eating to feel much better? Share your ideas!