Naked Calories The Calton's Simple step Plan to Micronutrient Sufficiency

Naked Calories The Calton's Simple step Plan to Micronutrient Sufficiency

Micronutrient Deficiency

Micronutrient defciency is the most widespread and dangerous health condition of the 21st century. It is at the heart of many of today’s most common and life-threatening health conditions and diseases. Think of the word micronutrient as an all-encompassing term for all of the “good stuff” found in food. Different from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, micronutrients are needed in small, or micro, quantities by the body to keep it healthy and strong.

They include things you may have heard of like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as other things you may not have heard of such as CoQ10, quercetin, and alpha lipoic acid. Micronutrient defciency occurs when even one micronutrient is not available when the body needs it. “Vitamin and mineral [micronutrients] defciency is the source of the most massive ‘hidden hunger’ and malnutrition in the world today,” says Kul C. Gautam, former deputy executive director of UNICEF. 

There are two types of hunger the body can experience. The frst, which we are all familiar with, occurs when we do not eat enough food or have not eaten for a long period of time. Stomach grumbling and slight discomfort typically signal this obvious hunger. However, eating food can easily curb this hunger. The second kind of hunger, the “hidden hunger” that Mr. Gautam refers to, occurs when one or more of the essential micronutrients the body needs are not available. Hidden hunger caused by a micronutrient defciency is not always as obvious as its counterpart. Unlike obvious hunger, eating more food will not necessarily reverse hidden hunger because many of today’s foods have become increasingly devoid of essential micronutrients.

There are several reasons for this; soil depletion, global distribution, factory farming, food packaging, and preparation methods are all responsible for leaving our food lacking in these essential vitamins and minerals. For instance, over-farming due to excessive planting to accommodate the world’s growing population affects the vegetables on your plate. The manner in which your food is prepared can also determine the micronutrient density of your dinner. With our food stripped of micronutrients we are lef with little more than a plateful of naked calories. 

To make matters worse, there is an abundance of everyday actions, many of which you may take part in, that deplete or block the absorption of essential micronutrients from your body before they can be used. Do you drink alcohol, smoke, take prescription medications, or exercise? Have you contemplated how these common habits and many other lifestyle choices affect your micronutrient sufciency? Unlike our ability to immediately recognize an obvious hunger, most of us will go years without ever knowing that we are experiencing hidden hunger due to a defciency in one or more essential micronutrients.

In Mira’s case, her defciencies didn’t become obvious until they revealed themselves as the advanced stage of osteoporosis. Mira didn’t realize that her lack of dietary calcium-rich products and her constant reheating of Chinese takeout that contained processed white rice and overcooked vegetables were robbing her of the essential micronutrients required for her bones to stay healthy.

What are the chances that your body is experiencing a hidden hunger from a micronutrient defciency? Perhaps you, like Mira, have bone-density issues, or maybe you have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or suffer from depression. Perhaps your weight has increased as you’ve aged or migraine headaches are paralyzing your life. Have you ever stopped to consider whether your health conditions or those of your children, spouse, or friends could be intrinsically linked to micronutrient defciency?

Could the heart conditions of Toni Braxton, Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters, or David Letterman have been outward manifestations of micronutrient defciencies lurking inside them? Could Jim Carrey’s depression, which required him to take Prozac for years, have been caused by a hidden hunger as well? Consider Farrah Fawcett, Audrey Hepburn, and Steve Jobs. Could all of their cancers have been caused, influenced, or rooted in this same global pandemic? While many of today’s devastating diseases may be undetectable to the naked eye until it’s too late, there is one health condition that is immediately evident, prevalent, and spreading globally at a staggering rate—obesity. According to Thomas Frieden, M.D., MPH, director of the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The big picture is that over the past several decades, obesity has increased faster than anyone could have imagined it would . . . Obesity has doubled in adults and tripled in children.” Obesity is now a very real threat to all of us worldwide. While we have been led to believe that diet and exercise are the answers to the obesity epidemic, what if they aren’t? What if they are actually contributing to the overall problem? Have you ever considered the fact that as you restrict calories by dieting and increase calorie expenditure through exercise, you may actually be causing serious vitamin and mineral defciencies?

Are you on a diet right now, or are you considering starting one? Most people don’t know that many of the menus prescribed by popular diet plans have been found to be substandard in providing even the minimum amounts of essential micronutrients recommended to maintain health. One of the many things that we will share with you in this book is Dr. Jayson Calton’s shocking research on the prevalence of micronutrient defciencies in today’s most popular diet plans. Even more alarming are the truths we expose showing that these defciencies can actually cause increased hunger, weight gain, and ultimately obesity. Yes, you read that right. Your “healthy diet” may be causing micronutrient defciencies that are starving you into obesity and disease.

While some people may choose to look at the looming micronutrient-defciency pandemic as yet another depressing, overwhelming reality facing the global population, we would like everyone to see it for what it can be. It just may be the best news of the century. If we understand that suboptimal levels (a defciency) of essential micronutrients is a causative factor in the majority of today’s lifestyle conditions and diseases, then optimal levels (a sufciency) of these same vitamins and minerals would logically lead to the suppression or reversal of these same conditions and diseases. 

According to Drs. Robert Fletcher and Kathleen Fairfeld of Harvard University, “Inadequate intake or subtle defciencies in several vitamins are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.” In the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, the U.S. 103rd Congress passed public law 103-417 that states, “There is a link between the ingestion of certain nutrients or dietary supplements and the prevention of chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.” Additionally, Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on cancer and anti-aging states that “remedying micronutrient defciencies is likely to lead to a major improvement in health and an increase in longevity at low cost.”

These experts are in agreement with our exciting hypothesis and clearly state that our hidden hungers caused by micronutrient defciencies are linked to disease and that an inexpensive remedying of these same defciencies would improve health and longevity. Our personal experience indicates this is very much the case. As mentioned in the Introduction, we increased the micronutrient values of Mira’s foods and gave her better-quality supplementation to create a micronutrient sufcient regimen. Coupling good nutrition and supplementation with changing lifestyle habits that were further contributing to Mira’s defciency, such as lowering her stress level, led us to understand that micronutrient defciency was the primary causative factor of Mira’s osteoporosis and many other diseases.

Afer extensive academic and feld research and more than twenty years of direct clinical experience working with thousands of international clients, it has become clear to us that micronutrient defciency is a primary causative factor of numerous globally devastating diseases. It is our belief that a policy of micronutrient sufciency could prevent disease and lead to a savings of trillions of health-care dollars and an age of unparalleled health.

If osteoporosis can be prevented or reversed through a sufciency of specifc bone-building micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin K, would it not hold true that the world’s largest killer, cardiovascular disease—ofen referred to as the CoQ10 defciency disease—would be reduced by a sufciency in CoQ10? If reduced levels of selenium and folic acid were found to increase chances of heart disease, then could we not presume that sufciency in these same micronutrients could reduce the occurrence of this disease that currently claims 17.1 million lives a year? If chromium, biotin, vitamin D, and niacin have been scientifcally shown to influence insulin sensitivity, and diabetes is a disease caused by the inability to control insulin levels, then would it not

make sense to suggest these micronutrients as treatment for diabetes? Can we afford to ignore Tufs University’s 2010 statement, “Vitamin D and calcium may be as essential to cancer protection as they are to bone formation”? By now you should have a pretty good idea of just how powerful the information you are about to discover in this book can be toward transforming your life and increasing your chances of achieving optimal health. Even if you don’t currently suffer from a serious health condition or disease, learning how to increase micronutrient sufciency can have a plethora of outstanding results for you as well.

For example, did you know that vitamins and minerals are essential in creating hormone balance? Are you aware that there are at least eight micronutrients that contribute to a good night’s sleep? Have you considered the fact that healthy skin, nails, and hair begins on the inside of  your body? Even athletic performance can be greatly enhanced through a sufciency of specifc micronutrients that include sodium and potassium (electrolytes), as well as calcium, iron, and zinc.

Regardless of your circumstance, whether it is a serious, chronic health condition or simply a desire for a better complexion, the frst step toward reaching your goal is the same: You must frst determine the prevalence of micronutrient defciency in your own life by evaluating your personal micronutrient-sufciency level. You can begin by taking our quick-and-easy personal sufciency profle quiz in Chapter 2, which we created to help you identify the micronutrient-depleting factors hiding in your life.

Your score will help you establish a baseline that reflects your current sufciency based on your present dietary and lifestyle choices. This original score is in no way set in stone. As you make changes in your life, you can retake the quiz as ofen as you like to see how these changes are affecting your overall sufciency.

By using our simple three-step plan, you will have the ability to dramatically improve your sufciency score and thus increase your chances of better health in the years to come. We are confdent that at the end of our journey together you will look at your food, your lifestyle, and your multivitamin in an entirely new way.

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