This is one reason why I never used to take vitamins. We've all seen commercials promising this or that product as the ticket to good health. Then, the nightly news comes on and there's reports of vitamin pills being found in sewage, completely passing through the body in tact! Now, that explains why those products never made me FEEL better (the manufacturers bank on you telling yourself that even though you don't feel better, you ARE doing something good for yourself). But, how do I avoid getting suckered the next time around? WHAT are we supposed to believe?!
Whether it's true or not that some vitamins pass through the body in tact, it still begs the question of how much of what we ingest is actually absorbed into our blood stream. Even if my vitamin pill DOES dissolve, you don't have to go all the way down the pipe to the sewer...just glance before you flush. All those nutrients that are SUPPOSED to do wonders for our bodily functions appear to have primarily created a neon light show in the toilet.
So, for awhile I just opted out of the whole thing, thinking I'd just eat right and get proper nutrition that way. But what I've learned is that farming just 'aint what it used to be, folks. Modernizing our farms was a genius idea, no doubt. But, turning them into factories where animals are not allowed their natural rooting instincts, where they spend their pathetic, short existence in extremely limited INDOOR quarters, and where pesticides are standard fare, all of this has dramatically affected the quality of the food we eat. And, the environment in which we live.
The fact that our bodies are not getting what they need is showing up in our medical clinics, in our compromised immune systems, and bringing rampant virus epidemics, cancer and dozens of other ailments that our bodies used to be able to fend off. Sounds pretty dismal, doesn't it? I was discouraged too until I started doing my own research and asking some questions.
Recognizing my own need for supplementation (story to follow in tomorrow's post), the first question I asked was "has this product been studied, and if so, by whom?" It's one thing for a supplement to be studied by the company producing it, and quite another if that study was done by an independent lab.