If you have enjoyed general good health, many people assume that they do not require or see a need to take a daily vitamin supplement. Why would one consider taking a supplement, especially a very nutrient dense supplement (like one derived from aloe vera and sea vegetables). To answer this type of question we need to examine our lives over the long term. Many of the most serious types of illness, the ones that are debilitating such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, do not occur overnight. They are the result of long processes that occur over years. What is frightening is that we don’t recognize the symptoms until the disease has progressed far enough that we are too late for complete recovery.
Being healthy today is no guarantee to being healthy tomorrow. As we age, our body processes change and our risk to debilitating disease increases. It may be because of the growing trend in alternative medicine that the medical community and associated experts are beginning to agree that disease prevention is the key to maintaining optimal health. That bears repeating – disease prevention is the key to maintaining optimal health.
So how do we begin to prevent diseases from occurring in our bodies? Most of us can agree that living someplace where there are toxins in the ground we walk on, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink or in the foods we eat are not good for us. Prolonged contact with toxins causes our bodies to deteriorate and eventually become prone to sickness and disease. So what do we do, we don’t play at the trash dump, we require local factories to minimize air pollution, we drink bottled water, and we try to eat healthy every day.
But what happens if we find that the trash dump is contaminating the ground water, or the local factory is polluting the air? We usually take immediate steps to change the situation. But what about the foods we eat every day?
In 1985, more than 20 years ago, an Earth Summit held in Brazil by developed countries throughout the world (including the US) determined that the soils we grow our food in were significantly depleted in nutrients. And this same summit identified the US as having as much as 85% of its farming soils depleted of key nutrients. We have seen the results. The Food and Drug Administration has continually raised the amount of servings of many foods, in part, to keep pace with soil depletion. To put it in grocery terms, a serving of 5 pieces of broccoli 50 years ago now requires nearly 10 for the same nutritional content. Two bananas now require almost 4. The list goes on for nearly everything grown in our soils.
So what do we do? We supplement. We supplement with something that includes Vitamins A, C, D, and the B-complex vitamins, minerals such as calcium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, and selenium, and the amino acids, fatty acids and enzymes. How do we get all of this – surprisingly they are all included in a supplement comprised of aloe vera and sea vegetables!