Make sure your levels of certain, common nutrients are sufficient.
It is somewhat ironic, but in today’s developed world, we have an abundance of food, but often a lack of nutrients. Many people regularly consume processed food that might be high in calories, fat, simple carbs, and sodium, but lacking in the spectrum of nutrients necessary for maintaining optimal health. It is completely possible to be overfed, but undernourished.
Fortunately, our bodies are amazing machines that, when given the bare minimum of nutrition, can still survive and perform many vital functions. For this reason, most physicians and mainstream medical practitioners say that supplements are not really necessary, nor do they place an enormous amount of value on a proper diet in all circumstances.
Our goal for health, however, should not be to merely survive, but to thrive!
This is likely the problem with standards such as the RDA, or recommended daily allowance for vitamins and other nutrients. This standard was set up in the last century as a protocol for making sure diseases associated with nutritional deficiency did not become common; the goal, however, was not to recommended any sort of therapeutic doses for any nutrients––the amount often needed to support vibrant health.
Regardless, many people often fall beneath the recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals suggested by the RDA, much less get any sort of therapeutic amount of these nutrients. Often, levels of these nutrients in the body are low, which can lead to a variety of problems, from malaise to muscle aches, to more serious problems.
It is important to remember that only a doctor can tell you if your levels of certain nutrients are deficient; it is also important to remember that some nutrients should not be over consumed, which can lead to other serious problems. More is not always better; it is the proper levels that you should aim for. It is always important to work with your doctor in these situations.
The good news about nutrient deficiencies is that they are often very fixable with some simple dietary changes.
To that end, The Kaufmann Diet might be a great place to start.
The Kaufmann Diet focuses on eating real food––the kind of foods inherently loaded with nutrition. These include vegetables; lean unprocessed proteins, certain fruits, healthy fats, nuts, and seeds. Often, diets consisting of these kinds of foods will include an array of nutrients in abundant quantities––the quantities necessary to thrive rather than simply survive.
This is an important step towards not just maintaining vibrant health, but also keeping our bodies free of certain pathogenic yeasts and fungi. Many of the nutrients people are deficient exhibit some sort of anti-fungal activity. Not only that, when your body is given the fuel that it needs, you equip your immune system to properly fend off pathogens like yeast and fungi.