When I started this blog, I made a pledge to myself and my readers that I would not write technical posts about anatomy. Although this post is slightly more technical than my usual posts, you definitely do not need a Ph.D. or an M.D. to follow what Dr. Terry Wahls says in the following video. In fact, I can summarize the video with the following words — the food you eat may be depriving your brain of the vitamins and minerals it needs.
If you are not already using it, adding the right multivitamin to you diet may, or may not, be a step in the right direction. Some problems with multivitamins are that the typical person who relies on them does not know if the vitamin contains all the beneficial ingredients, the right dose of ingredients, or how to interpret the recommended dietary allowance (RDA). Are you aware the RDA was developed during World War II and it is updated only once every 10 years? In addition, the typical user of multivitamins has no idea if 200% of the RDA is better or worse than 100% of RDA for a specific ingredient in the multivitamin. Is the RDA based on the weight of any average person? What is the average weight and how would a person who weighs 75% less or more than average adjust their intake of a multivitamin? Furthermore, the ingredients of a multivitamin may not be necessary because the food we eat may already contain 100% of the RDA for a given item.
In the following video, Dr. Terry Wahls presents a better solution than using a multivitamin to supplement a poor diet.
- Do you believe your current consumption of food and vitamins is ideal?
- How do you measure the ideal?
- If your consumption is less than ideal, what would you do?
- Have you tried to eradicate you adversity with a different diet?
- How do you know if the food you are eating is helpful or harmful?
Thanks to Esther for sharing the video and proofreading the post, Dr. Terry Wahls for proposing a viable solution, TEDx Iowa City for allowing Dr. Wahls to present her conclusions, YouTube for hosting the video, and all the other people who helped provide the picture and video I used in this post.