Have you seen these recent studies on Vitamin C that show how excessive use causes more problems than it cures?
Except that the studies didn’t study vitamin C, they studied ascorbic acid! Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C. It is made in a laboratory. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables.
“Back in the 1930’s ascorbic acid was isolated out of little red peppers. The man who first performed this experiment was Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi who won a Nobel Prize for his work. What he also found, which has mostly been ignored until recently, was that ascorbic acid was far more biologically available and active while it was still in the red pepper.” – Vitamin C “vs.” Ascorbic Acid By Michael and Nora Wohlfeld
Ascorbic acid (“vitamin C”) that you buy at your local drugstore is made in a laboratory with corn syrup and hydrochloric acid. No wonder it causes problems.
The idea that we can take something man-made to replace what nature provides for us is ludicrous. This thought pattern is the essential problem behind reductionist medicine (the study and focus of a singular diseased part and ignorance of the whole) and taking isolated chemicals in place of whole foods.
The only way you can replace a food in your diet is with that food- although, perhaps, in an easier to take format such as a tablet or capsule. This is why I love Standard Process supplements so much; they’re all food-based.
I see a lot of folks with signs of calcium deficiency (muscle cramping, immune challenges, etc.) When I ask if they’re taking calcium, I see that they’re on calcium carbonate. Calcium Carbonate is NOT Calcium. Well, at least, not the calcium that your body needs. Calcium carbonate is found in rocks. Not bodies.
Foods contain vitamins, for sure, but they also contain roughly around 40,000 different phytochemicals and metabolites. And fiber! We can’t tease out what one or two things are the “most important” from that mix. It doesn’t work like that.
A variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors is essential for our diets. Each one has a variety of macro and micro nutrients that we need for all our body processes, as well as phytochemicals that we need in varying amounts such as carotenoids, polyphenols, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and lignans. Herbs have even more active ingredients that we can utilize for enhancing, balancing, or reducing certain body functions.
Any overuse of a certain food or herb will have a side-effect, of varying intensity, but by using different ones, at different times of the year, and according to your individual constitution and cravings, you can create balance.
Nothing created in a laboratory can imitate this process. This is a process found through traditional farming techniques; through hunting or raising animals in a humane environment; and cooking at home.
Eating out or eating a lot of pre-packaged foods puts you at the mercy of the manufacturer or restaurant. And guess what? They don’t care about your health! They care about their stocks increasing. What causes stocks to rise is lowered cost of production: cheap ingredients that last a long time.
Cheap food is all around us: food chemicals like FD&C food dyes, preservatives like MSG and high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate and sodium nitrate, and artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame. All of which make the shelf life of the food longer, which means more $$$ for them. And more problems for you. This is not what human bodies are meant to live on.
Vegetables are a pain in the butt – you have to cook them, and learn how to cook them well or they taste bitter or sour, and you have to use them within days or they go bad and you have to throw them out! No wonder most people don’t eat enough veggies.
But just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it. Or that your body doesn’t need it.
The best way to integrate new habits in your life – like eating more vegetables or cooking more at home:
1. TAKE A CLASS
Or read a book on it. Or learn from a friend who is already doing it. Some people have a depth of knowledge on this subject. Get in touch with them or do some Googling on the subject. If millions of people around the world can, so can you.
2. MAKE IT A PRIORITY
People do what they want to do. If you want to eat healthier, don’t put it off in favor of, say, going out and partying with your friends or spending all your extra money on a new purse. Devote time and money to the cause.
3. MAKE IT DO-ABLE
What realistically works for your schedule? Can you use a food delivery service? Can your family help out? Are you in a position to hire a chef a few nights a week? (Good for you if you can! #goals)