1. You Eat a Standard (Crappy) Diet
Grains, legumes, and most forms of modern dairy are not food. The purpose of consuming food is to nourish the body and mind. These foods do the opposite. Most refined grains, legumes, and conventional dairy are nutrient deficient, and may deplete nutrient stores or interfere with nutrient absorption.
2. Soil Depletion
Improper farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients. When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced. Fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. This results in plants that have 75% fewer micronutrients.
3. Water Depletion
Water is also depleted of minerals due to modern production methods. Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium.
4. Low Calorie Diets
Consuming a low calorie diet means you’re consuming fewer total micronutrients. When you eat less, it’s easy to become malnourished. When you’re consuming low quality food, you have to eat even more to obtain the right amounts of nutrition. If you are on a restrictive diet or following something like the South Beach Diet, you may be deficient in nutrients.
5. Toxin Exposure
Your body needs nutrients to deal with toxins. When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients, especially when you’re exposed to a litany of toxins on a daily basis such as Xenoestrogens (plastics, BPA, some molds, petroleum products), industrial solvents or cleaners, and food toxins.
6. Young or Old Age
Several studies have shown kids need more nutrients to support growth, and older people need more nutrients because absorption declines with age. Hence, you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible.
7. Exercise Increases Nutrient Needs
If you’re doing enough exercise to substantially deplete energy reserves, you’re also using more nutrients for energy production and recovery. We live in a stressful, toxic world, and the idea that you can get all your nutrients from food is fine in theory, but virtually impossible in practice. Soil and water depletion, food and environmental toxins, poor absorption, pesticides, exercise, and lack of calories can all cause nutrient deficiencies. There is evidence that consuming nutrients from food is more beneficial than supplements, which is why you should focus on a nutrient-rich diet first. However, if it’s not enough, supplementation is a great start.