Two common nutrient deficiencies in the Standard American Diet

VitaminD&Magnesium_LRAccording to some studies there are two important nutrient deficiencies that afflict about 80 percent of westerners and others who have become addicted to the Standard American Diet.

They are vitamin D and magnesium.

The best vitamin D, of course, is from the sun, which makes it in the body.

Sunscreen use over the last decades has blocked the body’s ability to utilize this important nutrient.

If you must be outside during the most of the day, give your body time to absorb pure sun through the skin BEFORE applying the sunscreen.

Sunlight through windows is also not efficient for your body. You MUST have clear sunlight at appropriate times of the day and for appropriate periods of time (at least 1/2 to 1  hour per day).

If you live in northern climates or have dark skin, which does not absorb sun as easily, you are likely not getting enough vitamin D. Vitamin D performs many functions in the thousands of body cells that have only been discovered in the last few years.

The best time to supplement with vitamin D is in the morning with a little protein.

Unfortunately, there are many important nutrient deficiencies in the Standard American Diet, but a second vital nutrient that was once plentiful in natural food and food and water is magnesium.

Today, unless you have good well water or bottled mineral water, there is almost NO magnesium in conventional water sources.

And the Standard American Diet of processed and packaged food is likewise deficient in magnesium, as well as many other nutrients.

There are many reasons for these deficiencies.

The Standard American Diet is a product of modern industrial agriculture. Plants (and animals) cannot give you the nutrients they cannot take up from the soil. And most of our food soil is depleted and drenched with pesticides, insecticides and other pollution.

Magnesium is good at night. It helps the body relax and sleep.

That is why growing numbers of health professionals and consumers are veering away from the Standard American Diet and learning about local food, farmers markets, organic farming and high quality supplements.