Is Our Food Failing Us?

food failing us

For most of us, we aren’t eating what we should. This modern diet isn’t delivering the crucial nutrients you need for optimal health. And even if you switch to healthier alternatives, you’ll still find yourself lacking for nutrition.

Over the last 100 years, there has been a major shift in the eating habits of the majority of North Americans. We have gone from eating smaller portions and home-cooked, locally grown whole foods to consuming high amounts of over-processed simple carbohydrates and refined sugars. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys found that “American people consume much lower amounts of nutrients than are recommended.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helped pinpoint exactly why in its November 17, 2017, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which stated that only 12% of American adults eat enough fruit every day, while only 9% of adults meet the daily recommendation for vegetables.

All of that adds up to a lot of nutrient deficiency. On average, there are 11 nutrients that Americans aren’t getting enough of on a regular basis, including essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and minerals including magnesium and potassium—some of the exact nutrients required to keep inflammation and free radicals from flaring out of control.

While fewer and fewer of us are eating nutrient-rich whole foods, it’s possible to find yourself lacking even when you eat well.

Though the fruits and vegetables you eat may be larger than the varieties enjoyed by your parents and grandparents, it doesn’t mean they have more vitamins and minerals. In fact, the opposite is true. A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data compared 12 vegetables from 1975 to those in 1997 and found calcium levels had dropped 37%, vitamin A levels had dropped 21%, and vitamin C levels had fallen 30%!

A similar study published in the British Food Journal compared 20 vegetables from 1930 to their 1980 counterparts and saw that iron levels dropped 22% and potassium fell 14%. Researchers also believe that there have been similar declines in magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, and vitamin E, but those nutrients were not measured in previous studies.

Equally alarming is what has increased in fruits and vegetables—sugar and starch. The most popular variety of corn on the market now contains almost 40% sugar, and similar increases have occurred in many other fruits and vegetables.

It was once common practice for farmers to alternate fields and crops between growing seasons to allow the land time to restore itself. Now, farmers use all their fields all the time to stay profitable, and the diversity of plants in their rotations is significantly reduced. This practice called “monocropping” is ultimately resulting in fewer nutrients in the soil.

Industrialized farming methods and synthetic fertilization techniques have also been shown to lower food quality. A study published in HortScience in 2009 found that fertilizing raspberries with phosphorus doubled the
yield, but caused the nutrient levels of eight minerals to decline by 20% to 55%!

Changing dietary habits and dropping nutrient levels make it harder than ever to provide your body with the critical nutrients it needs to maintain health and longevity. That is exactly why Melaleuca created the Peak Performance Pack Nutrition Pack!

In multiple human clinical studies, the Peak Performance Pack was shown to improve 25 key health markers in healthy individuals, including a reduction in free radicals, inflammation, heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol.* In addition, when subjects stopped supplementing with the Peak Performance Pack, their health markers quickly returned to pre-study levels.*

Based on these studies, we feel confident that no other Melaleuca product can have such a profound effect on overall health. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever your age, and whatever your current state of well-being, the Peak Performance Pack will give you more energy, increase your quality of life, and increase the likelihood of a longer life.* With the Peak Performance Pack, you can add years to your life and life to your years.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.