Public health scientists have found new evidence of the threats that our toxic environment pose to our cellular health. The air we breathe, the water we drink, even the foods we eat, contain substances that may be damaging to our cells. Any tissue that is exposed to the environment, including the skin and the linings of the respiratory and gastrointestinal passages, are especially vulnerable. One study found residues of pesticides in 53% of samples of baby food.
While government agencies and industry are taking steps to control additional releases into the environment, many toxic substances become concentrated in fatty tissues through a process called bio-accumulation.
In addition to the health threats posed by toxic substances today, many nutritional scientists point out that much of our food has been over processed and preservatives have been added for packaging, affecting its vitamin and mineral content. In fact, many people are undernourished because our diet lacks many of the important vitamins and minerals necessary for health. In 1985 and 1995, children and adolescents in Australian capital cities were surveyed about their eating habits. A comparison of these surveys reveals that in the 10 years between 1985 and 1995 Australians consumed more calories, carbohydrates, protein, dietary fibre and iron and less vitamin C. The increase in calories was mainly due to increases in the following types of foods being eaten:
- Cereal-based foods (eg pastries, cakes, biscuits, muesli bars, etc)
- Confectionary (eg chocolate, lollies, etc)
- Sugars and sugar based products (eg sugar, honey, jam, etc).
The human body is made of cells, and those cells work together to sustain your life. Taking antioxidants with food may help reduce the formation of oxidised lipids. Medical professionals concur on the importance of taking supplements. One way to effectively maintain health is to supplement our diets with a full range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Supplementation can help fill the gaps that may exist in your daily eating plan and greatly assist in ensuring that your health is optimally maintained throughout the year.
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(Source: USANA Health & Freedom)