"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
I never understood the real meaning behind that quote before. I can tell you though that I appreciate it now. Your car is as good as what you put in it and how you maintain it. Why isn't it second nature to do that to our bodies? Let's face it. We eat food and don't think twice. You could do that in ancient times but that isn't the world we live in today. The world has changed. The toxins and environmental pollution has not just taken a toll on our bodies, but our soils which effects what we grow, how we grow it and the nutrients in them. I remember reading an article years ago about people in the country of Egypt and their low cancer rates. The reason? Healthy soils and much higher magnesium levels in the soil.
Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The nutritional content of the food supply has been rapidly declining for the last 50 years as a natural consequence of increasingly poor soil conditions on modern farms, and it is getting worse. So how do I try to mitigate this? First and foremost, remember children's immune systems are key during childhood. It is hard enough to get the right nutrients in our little ones. For me, buying my product from farmers markets is key. I try my hardest to do this every week.
You may or not know that vegetables and fruits sold in conventional markets are removed from the soil before they are ripe. This means that up to 80% of the nutrition can be lost. This is because the natural sugars that form when ripped that result in nutrients, are not given the proper time to develop. On average, 2-3 weeks of time is needed to get these fruits and vegetables to the grocery outlets (cleaned, shipped, etc). One way to mitigate the risk of nutrient loss is to shop from your local farmers market. The nutrient quality is much higher as most of these fruits and vegetables are picked right as they are ripe. These farmers are much less likely to use pesticides and are GMO free. You can ask each farmer exactly how they grow their produce and evaluate the methods they use. If you shop for produce and plan on going into a commercial store, why not stop by your local farmers market and buy the same produce (it is cheaper too) and increase the nutrient density of your family’s food?