Posted by on November 10, 2017

More people are now getting concerned as to where their food is coming from and as to how it is processed. People now want to know the answers, and they want to be more in control of what they take in their bodies. Apart from the increasing importance of identifying a food’s provenance, so is the necessity of knowing if the food source was produced ethically and environmentally sound.

Appreciating locally sourced foodPeople now take more processed foods than ever before, and many do not even realize that processed foods dominate a large part of their diets. For example, it is so easy for many to cook pasta, but how many make their dough? How many pick their tomatoes and process them into sauces? How many go through the process of sun-drying their tomatoes for toppings? And how many sources out their milk from their cows that they’ve taken care of themselves, and process this fresh milk into cheese? If you stop and think of wanting to go for raw, organic, and unprocessed food sources, then you may have to devote more than half of your day to make that goal a reality.

For now, for the majority, it is way more convenient to drop by a supermarket and purchase your pasta of choice, canned tomatoes, cheese blocks, and spices to cook your pasta dish at home. It is not the best option, but for most city and suburban dwellers, this is how food is sourced and how the cooking process works. Luckily, healthy food deliveries are sprouting everywhere to answer the demands of the health conscious populace. Seeing the many reviews of Diet-to-Go, it looks like busy folks cannot have excuses to opt for healthier meals.

Local Foods System DiagramBecause of this cycle of food production and consumerism, and with a big divide from food producers and buyers, there is an increasing need to supplement nutrients that are otherwise lost from transporting, processing, and preserving food. Many people don’t get the most of what a food source can offer because buyers usually are so far from the farm where these foods are produced.

Many people may take supplements for granted, but in this day, it is necessary to give these products a second look. Take, for example, Vitamin D.

There is an alarming number of Vitamin D deficiency-related illnesses that have been sweeping the globe. Factors include preference in urban settlement and workplaces, decreased capacity to process the vitamin, and lack of nutrients that help the body absorb Vitamin D. Associated diseases include lethargy, thyroid problems, adrenal problems, cardiac disorder, and autoimmune diseases.

Some of the top supplements that medical practitioners recommend are found below. These are based on specific vitamins and minerals’ deficiencies in many food sources available in the market:

1. Vitamin D

This is one of the grossly deficient vitamins evident in modern populations. It is caused by a preference for enclosed work and study places where a person spends his/her time the most on any given day.

Recommended daily intake: 5 mcg or 200 IU both for males and females

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps with boosting your immune system. With all the stresses that this age puts on people and the many disease mutations that come and go, it is crucial for everyone to add that extra layer of protection for their health.

Recommended daily intake: 500 mg for both males and females

3. Spirulina

Spirulina comes from a type of algae found mostly in East, Southeast, and South Asia, and the Pacific Islands. It is an excellent source of antioxidants that can help you detoxify and rejuvenate, giving your body the chance to recuperate from the daily stresses of life. It can be taken in capsule, tablet, or powder form.

Recommended daily intake: 1-3 grams for both males and females, and up to 10 grams for endurance athletes

Healthy and nutrient rich lunchThese are the top three recommended supplements that everyone can incorporate into their diets. Make sure to get your supplements from reputable sources. Check reviews online and make sure they are organic and ethically produced.

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