There is a big misconception in the world of nutrition: that more is better.
Are you getting enough protein? Worrying about deficiencies?
It seems like we all want to eat more and more of things, when in reality, that is not how it works.
“More” simply does NOT equate with “better” in the realm of nutrition.
Consider this example: picture yourself heading to a store to buy a pair of sneakers. Your usual size is 7, but upon inquiry, the store informs you that they only have size 10 available. I might suggest, “Size 10 is more, so it’s an improvement.” However, you’d likely respond, “My shoe size is 7, so size 10 is not better for me.”
The same analogy applies to food; we need the “right” amount of proteins and other nutrients, but not more.
Also note that many nutrients work in conjunction with others; for example, bioavailable calcium depends on magnesium levels. If you add phosphorus without adding twice as much calcium, you will deprive your bones of calcium.
Selenium and Vitamin E work together. If you crank up one without giving the other a boost, you won’t get much benefit.
Another classic example is vitamin A: eat too much of it and you will die, just like eating too much liver.
Nutrition is not complicated, if you eat a banana, it has all the nutrients you need in the right proportions. When you eat a diet of healthy whole, raw foods, you don’t have to worry the levels of individual nutrients.
Think for a moment about how wild animals behave. Imagine the scene of two lions about to kill and eat a buffalo, which is their natural food. Do you see the two lions having a conversation with each other, saying something like: Wait a minute; am I getting the right nutrients here? Do you see a lion worrying about vitamins? Of course they’re not worried, just as no other creature on Earth is. Nature doesn’t complicate things when you’re eating a natural diet, because you’re getting all the nutrients you need in the correct balance.
If you choose NOT to eat a natural diet and instead choose to eat artificial foods or foods not intended for human consumption, such as animal products and/or processed foods, then you are asking for trouble. Be aware that you cannot overdose on carbohydrates as you can with fats; the body cannot store carbohydrates completely; we need a daily supply.
Instead of worrying about deficiencies, think about what you eat too much of and cut it out; and most importantly, eat whole, raw, plant-based foods, which is our natural diet, and get rid of the problem entirely.