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Stone Age Sustenance: Fill The Gaps In Your Modern Diet With Smart Supplementation

The cavemen were lucky in one way: Today's produce is half the quality it once was. Fill the gaps in your modern diet with smart supplementation!

Are you getting the most from your training and nutrition? You're likely not, and it's largely due to modern living. Contemporary man is rather impressive with all our amazing creations: architectural wonders like the Coliseum in Italy, cars, computers, the Internet, hot sauce, fried chicken and, of course, mixed martial arts.

But modern life has a huge impact on our health and athletic performance. Consider the exposure to numerous chemicals that include pesticides, antibiotics, radiation from phones and computers, and then think about all the additives in food readily available today.

Couple this with the minimal amount of time spent exposed to the radiation we need, that little thing called sunshine, and you can start to see where some of our problems arise.

A 1996 Environmental Protection Agency report detailed that concentration of chemical pesticides in fat tissue of 45-year-olds was 700 percent higher than in children under 14 years old. That is a pretty substantial accumulation of damaging toxins through normal living—and in 2013 we are exposed to these factors on an even greater level.

One of our biggest considerations is the altered state of the food chain. Animals are not developing in their natural conditions, at normal rates of development, or eating naturally occurring foods. In turn, this affects the nutrient content of our food.

For example, a grass-fed cow produces meat that is rich in omega-3 and linoleic acid, but its grain and beef tallow-fed brother does not. This is a consistent issue throughout large parts of our food chain, ultimately due to the financial and volumetric demands on food production.

Vegetables and fruit are grown on different continents, then cold-stored before spending a week or more on a ship, which begs the question: Does an apple really give you what you think it does?

A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compared the nutrient values of 43 different types of fruits and vegetables in 1950 and 1999, and found decreases in vitamin, mineral, and protein content.

The fruits and vegetables had less calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, and protein. They found that broccoli, for example, had 37 percent less calcium than it did 50 years ago, and winter squash had 52 percent less riboflavin.

In contrast to us, our ancestor—the caveman—was out hunting and foraging for food. He ate smaller quantities of meat, but of a far better nutrient profile, as well as roots, nuts, and berries. He then had a diet rich in vitamins, omega-3, lipoic acid, zinc, magnesium, and l-carnitine from quality meat, raw vegetables, and regular exposure to sunlight for vitamin D3.

Funny enough, modern diets are typically lacking in sufficient quantities of each of these. Even when we consume a good, clean diet with red meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, and fruits, they are often still left requiring additional supplementation. The requirement for these becomes greater when you are performing regular physical exercise.

Supplementing these key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients will ensure more adequate levels of each. This, in turn, assists our base nutrition and gives us a far better chance of achieving optimum performance.


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liuzhoudragon

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liuzhoudragon

Yes the modern way we produce food and what we decide to produce is extremely bad for us, the enviornment and rather disgusting. But it makes for money so you know which direction things will go in.

Mar 25, 2013 6:48pm | report
haydnclement4

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haydnclement4

Can I ask what exactly is "extremely bad for us" and "rather disgusting" in relation to food production?

Mar 25, 2013 10:22pm | report
Aslanok

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@haydnclement4

This is a quote from Joe Salatin. It is a good start as to what is so extremely bad and disgusting about our food system.

"What happens when you don't ask: how do we make pigs happy? Well, you view the pig as just a pile of protoplasmic structure to be manipulated however cleverly human hubris can imagine to manipulate it. And when you view life from that kind of mechanistic, arrogant, disrespectful standpoint, you very soon begin to view all of life from a very disrespectful, arrogant, manipulative standpoint."

It is disgusting also, because even though we produce so much, at the end of the day our current food system is extremely wasteful.

Mar 26, 2013 8:14am | report
haydnclement4

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haydnclement4

This article is extremely misleading. I reccommend that you truly evaluate and study our food system before passing judgement on our food system. Always critically analyze information before you take it as "truth".

Mar 25, 2013 10:21pm | report
alexistheboss

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alexistheboss

I don't see what is misleading, the article is correct. Sure you won't die or anything and you can lead a perfectly normal life with todays medicine and bacteria-free foods.
However todays foods, as said, have less Micro and Macro nutrients than in previous years, so supplementation will help reach your micronutrient necessities that are impossible to reach using todays overly-processed foods.

Mar 26, 2013 3:47am | report
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BryanBulbasaur

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BryanBulbasaur

Misleading? You believe Walmart food is good for you?

Mar 26, 2013 9:54am | report
ObeseCamelz

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ObeseCamelz

You should watch the indie movie "Food Inc."

They go and explore the processes that companies go through to make our food. It's extremely eye opening.

May 20, 2013 9:45pm | report
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ObeseCamelz

You should watch the indie movie "Food Inc."

They go and explore the processes that companies go through to make our food. It's extremely eye opening.

May 20, 2013 9:45pm | report
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So your saying GMO produced foods are good for you? We are modifying the nutrients out of our food just so a company can make it faster and cheaper.

Jun 10, 2013 10:55pm | report
shunt101

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shunt101

So your saying GMO produced foods are good for you? We are modifying the nutrients out of our food just so a company can make it faster and cheaper.

Jun 10, 2013 10:56pm | report
haydnclement4

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haydnclement4

This article is extremely misleading. I reccommend that you truly evaluate and study our food system before passing judgement on our food system. Always critically analyze information before you take it as "truth".

Mar 25, 2013 10:21pm | report
shingshong12

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shingshong12

always trust but verify =)

Mar 26, 2013 7:08am | report
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philly2483

Great article!

Mar 26, 2013 8:23am | report
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philly2483

Great article!

Mar 26, 2013 8:23am | report
Ripper22

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Ripper22

Its completely true, this just summarizes several articles ive read in the past. the only way to avoid any situation like this is to either grow/raise it yourself or buy from someone who does. and idk about you but i have no room to grass feed a cow in my 2 bedroom apartment. nor the money.

Mar 26, 2013 8:39am | report
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plmcute8402

Look into a container garden- if you have a patio (i did this in my apt) and make a friends with a hunter(if your not), Deer meat is as close to natural as you can get!

Mar 28, 2013 7:07am | report
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Joedzilla

Paleo diet has worked wonders for me, natural food is always the best choice.

Mar 26, 2013 1:19pm | report
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Love it and SO true, growing your own is better by far, I wish it would of included information on GMO's. Before anyone starts talking about how much time a garden is, after you plant it takes about 1 hr a week to maintain, and if you take time to can your own food, you have "real" clean food year around. Im a busy Mom but youd spend more time in Walmart not to mention all the extra money you save. My daughter loves working in the garden with me, which is alot better then TV watching like most 6yr olds

Mar 28, 2013 7:04am | report
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mmatrain93

I don't necessarily agree with this article, but I'm willing to look more into it. You can get more then enough vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals from a clean diet the only way this applies is if you/re eating processed foods which have valuable micronutrients taken out. Your'e more likely to overdose on vitamins when taking a multivitamin and eating clean at the same time. Look at the RDA , AI, and upper levels for vitamins and minerals. It doesn't take a lot to get what you need

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ddezine

I shop at local farmers markets for fruits, veggies, eggs, and fresh honey. I do believe foods without all of the chemicals are much better for my body.

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