Poor digestion is the main cause of diseases (part 1)
We constantly hear from different sources that we do not need supplements if we eat a variety of healthy food. But is this true? Let’s analyze this question from a scientific perspective.
Over the last several decades, our environment has changed profoundly. There are thousands of pollutants that have contaminated our food, air, and water supplies. Agriculture has become mechanical and more intensive, which has led to the erosion of our soil. There are several other reasons that support the idea that supplementation may be necessary for most of us:
- A decline in soil diversity and quality, which leads to a decline in nutrient density in foods
- A major decrease in diversity of plant species consumed
- An increase in exposure to pollutants
- Overuse of medication, such as antibiotics, birth control, etc.
- A major increase in chronic stress and anxiety
- A decrease in sleep quality and duration
- A reduction in time spent outside and doing outdoor activities
- An increase in time spent sitting down
Based on these reasons, it is very hard to obtain all the required vitamins and minerals directly from our food that we consume every day. Based on my clinical experience, the main reason why people become deficient in nutrients is because digestion of the food ingested is not complete. Therefore, there is of loss of vitamins and minerals when the body evacuates the waste from the digestive system. As these nutrients serve as a fuel for your body, your organs are not working at 100%. Consequently, you start having a variety of issues such as fatigue, constipation, thyroid problems, headaches/migraines, insomnia, among others.
Mercury: the major culprit?
Previously, we examined the relationship between nutrient absorption and medication. It is well known today, that both, over the counter and prescribed medications intake, leads to a variety of vitamins and mineral deficiencies (1). With today’s over medication, it is certainly a major factor of poor health. What about other types of environmental toxins like mercury? Let’s take a look (2).
Based on my clinical experience, mercury from amalgams is a major factor leading to poor digestion. Amalgams or silver fillings have been used by dentists for decades on a whole generation of people. They contain about 50% mercury but also include other metals such as silver, tin, copper, nickel etc. It is well known today that chewing our foods and drinking warm/hot beverages release some mercury from those fillings into our body. Therefore, they are the main source of mercury that our tissues and cells are poisoned with. Every day, I see patients coming in the office complaining of health issues and more than 90% of them have mercury fillings.
Stay tune for my next article where I will explain why and how mercury affects digestion.
3. Pernicious anemia. From past to present. Rev Clin Esp. 2015 Feb 10.
Rodríguez de Santiago E1, Ferre Aracil C2, García García de Paredes A2, Moreira