The origin of nutritherapy
In France and in Western countries, the majority of the population has access to a varied and relatively balanced diet. Cases of rickets in children, scurvy or beri-beri, have totally disappeared from official public health statistics. On the other hand, it is important to note that the modern diet, resulting from the food industry, is not adapted to the nutritional and micronutrient needs of human, directly impacting his health. This is why nutritherapy is becoming more and more essential.
Modern diet and nutrients
The modern diet is a diet rich in calories but poor in nutritional intake. It presents specificities that are not adapted to the human body, which encounters assimilation difficulties or is simply deprived of certain essential nutrients. It seems important to recall the role of food in the evolution of human through the ages. The human body, like nature, is able to adapt but only in the very long term. However, the modern diet has changed considerably over the last 70 years. This change would be one of the explanations for the increase in lifestyle-related diseases (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.).
The disadvantages of modern food:
- Aggressive cooking methods that totally or partially destroy the nutritional qualities of food.
- Intensification of cultivation and breeding, phytosanitary treatment of the soil which denatures the intrinsic nutritional qualities of plants and animals.
- Unsuitable methods of collecting and storing fruits and vegetables. The current harvesting is done on unripe fruits and vegetables, which do not have all their vitamin capital. These fruits and vegetables are also treated with chemicals to prevent rotting. Finally, the prolonged storage of fruits and vegetables favors the degradation of vitamins by natural oxidation.
- The industrialization of food: the almost systematic refining of raw materials removes essential nutrients (cereals) and many additives are used in the preparation of complex industrial dishes.
- Unstructured meals with low fruit and vegetable intake.
Overconsumption and deficits
Lifestyle and environmental factors have a definite impact on our nutritional needs leading to an over-consumption of nutrients.
Here are some examples:
- Stress causes magnesium and B vitamins to leak into the urine. These deficits make us more sensitive to stress and increase the feeling of uneasiness. In the longterm, stress can have consequences on general health.
- Fatigue due to infectious consequences, overwork, stress, overconsumes all nutrients: vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements.
- Industrial pollution, smoking and the use of certain medications overconsume all micronutrients. They produce free radicals which accelerate the destruction of cells, source of accelerated aging, source of degradation of the genetic capital of cells.
- Sport overconsumes all micronutrients (sweating). It induces the proliferation of free radicals, under the effect of oxidative stress.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding overconsume all micronutrients.
- The sun generates free radicals en masse and therefore overconsumes the repairing micronutrients.
Free radicals come from the alteration of molecules in our organism under the effect of pollution, radiation and the action of the sun (they are free electrons). Some very active free radicals attack the cell's components and are responsible for pathological processes and degenerative diseases. The consequences can be serious: free radicals can promote carcinogenesis and accentuate all inflammatory processes and cardiovascular problems.
The overuse of drugs has significant side effects that lead to an increase in medical prescriptions to compensate for these side effects. Moreover, the increase in life expectancy, facilitated by medical progress, is concomitant with an excessive consumption of drugs.
Nutritherapy at the service of the modern human
The ideal diet is less and less possible. Indeed, the micronutrients provided by food are limited, due to intensive farming and soil depletion. The modern diet and lifestyle also reduce the intake of micronutrients while increasing the needs (overconsumption). Finally, we are subject to massive aggression from free radicals as a result of changes in the environment and our lifestyles.
It is possible to act by choosing as much as possible food from organic agriculture, that you cook yourself, while using supplementation, that is to say taking food supplements adapted to your needs.