In France and Western countries, the majority of the population has access to a varied and relatively balanced diet. Cases of rickets in children, scurvy or beri-beri, have totally disappeared from the official statistics of public health. On the other hand, it is important to note that the modern diet, resulting from the agro-alimentary industry, is not adapted to the nutritional and micronutrional needs of the man, directly impacting his health. This is why, nutritherapy is more and more essential.
The modern diet is a diet rich in calories but poorer in nutritional intake. It has specificities unsuited to the human body, which encounters difficulties of assimilation or is simply deprived of certain essential nutrients. It seems important to remember the role of food in the evolution of man through the ages. The human body, like nature, is able to adapt but only in the very long term. But modern food has changed considerably in the last 70 years. This change would be one of the explanations for the resurgence of lifestyle-related diseases (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.).
Aggressive cooking methods that totally or partially destroy the nutritional qualities of food. Intensification of crops and livestock, phytosanitary soil treatment that denatures the intrinsic nutritional qualities of plants and animals. Modes of collection and storage of unsuitable fruits and vegetables. Current picking is done on immature fruits and vegetables, which do not have all their vitamin content. These fruits and vegetables also undergo chemical treatments against rotting. Finally, the prolonged storage of fruits and vegetables promotes the degradation of vitamins by natural oxidation. The industrialization of food: the almost systematic refining of raw materials removes essential nutrients (cereals) and many additives are used in the preparation of complex industrial meals. Unstructured meals with low intake of fruits and vegetables.
Lifestyle and environmental factors have a definite impact on our nutritional needs resulting in overconsumption of nutrients. Here are some examples: Stress causes leakage of magnesium and B vitamins into the urine. These deficits make you more sensitive to stress and accentuate the feeling of being unwell. In the long run, stress can affect health in general. Fatigue related to infectious consequences, overwork, stress, overconsume all the nutrients: vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements. Industrial pollution, tobacco and certain medications over-use all micronutrients. They produce free radicals that accelerate the destruction of cells, a source of accelerated aging, a source of degradation of the genetic capital of cells. Sport overconsists all micronutrients (perspiration). It induces the proliferation of free radicals under the effect of oxidative stress. Pregnancy and breastfeeding overuse all micronutrients. The sun generates free radicals in mass and thus overconsumes the repairing micronutrients.
Free radicals come from the alteration of molecules in our body under the effect of pollution, radiation, the action of the sun (they are free electrons). Some very active free radicals attack the constituents of the cell and are responsible for pathological processes and degenerative diseases. The consequences can be serious: free radicals can promote carcinogenesis and accentuate all inflammatory processes and cardiovascular problems. The overconsumption of drugs has significant side effects that lead to a reduction in medical prescriptions to offset these side effects. In addition, the increase in life expectancy, facilitated by advances in medicine, is concomitant with excessive drug consumption.
The ideal diet is less and less possible. Indeed, the micronutrients brought by the food are limited, because of the intensive crops and the impoverishment of the grounds. Diet and modern lifestyle also reduce micronutrient intakes while increasing needs (overconsumption). Finally, we suffer the massive aggression of free radicals following changes in the environment and our way of life. It is possible to act by choosing as much as possible foods from organic farming, that you cook yourself, while using supplementation, that is to say the intake of food supplements adapted to your needs.
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