HARVARD FOOD PYRAMID
Did you know the U.S. Government recommends you eat 6-9 portions of fresh fruits and vegetables every day? Or that your body needs the Omega-3 essential fats that come almost solely from fish, certain nuts and flax seed? Or that the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals listed on packaged foods and multivitamin containers is the minimum amount required for survival, not how much of each nutrient you should consume?
Here's an even more startling fact: the "official" U.S. government pyramid isn't the "go-to" authoritative source that true health experts rely on for reliable and accurate nutrition information. For years, nutrition experts affiliated with Harvard University have been compiling data valuable for the conscious consumer looking to proactively protect their health on a daily basis. Unlike the government pyramid, which is fatally flawed because it is based on out-of-date science and influenced by people with business interests in their messages, the Harvard chart is based on the latest, most convivcing scientific evidence.
Even though the importance of fresh produce rather than cereals and grains has finally been given its long overdue top priority even by the government, it’s also important to realize that fresh fruits and vegetables contain fewer nutrients today than they did as recently as two decades ago. This depletion is due to the current trend of rushing produce to market before it has fully ripened, growing it in soil that contains fewer nutrients than it formerly contained, the use of fewer pesticides and presence of more insect damage than a decades ago, additional pollutants in the water supply, and several other, equally disturbing factors.
Part of the nutrition-depletion problem is also caused in the kitchen, where fruits and vegetables are often peeled before being served or are fried or otherwise overcooked, causing significant loss of whatever nutrients still remain. Finally, with the rising cost of fresh produce, only a small percentage of the population actually gets 6-9 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day.
The “bottom line” is that merely eating right is no longer adequate. The sad state of nutritional affairs makes the need for proper supplementation more important than ever before. A complete multivitamin/multimineral supplement that well exceeds RDA in all categories which also provides antioxidants and other beneficial daily nutrients is no longer an option, but rather a necessity for anyone who desires to enjoy a long and active wellness-supporting lifestyle.
These supplements are not formulated to prevent or cure any illness or disease. However, they will provide the fuel (in the form of nutrients) your natural immune system and other body systems and organs need to do the jobs for which they were designed at maximum strength so that your body can do its job and keep you well!
What can wellness mean in your life? There are many clear indicators of good health, such as:
• A general sense of well-being and a more positive, enthusiastic outlook on life
• Enhanced feelings of energy and vitality; fewer feelings of being worn out or needing frequent naps or more than 6-8 hours of daily sleep
• Prolonged appearance of physical youthfulness
• Fewer minor illnesses such as colds, fevers, and headaches, plus less severity and faster recovery when they do occur
• Greater self-confidence and more of a “can-do” attitude, as well as the desire to explore and successfully master additional personal and professional pursuits
What are the factors you look for in a nutritional supplement for safe, reliable and effective health improvements? Which criteria are absolutely necessary for your personal best quality of life?
I would love to hear your recommendations and reasons behind them…