Reprinted with permission from World At Large, a nature, politics, science, health and travel information site.
Chris Kresser, MD is one of the most influential physicians in the field of health, informed by a 15-year career in the diagnosis and treatment of nutritional deficiencies.
Co-director of the California Institute for Functional Medicine and director of the Kresser Institute for Functional Medicine Training, his work often focuses on the unenviable task of sifting through the tens of thousands of food and nutrition studies to understand all the nuances how our bodies transform food into everything we need to thrive.
Dr. Kresser has described nutritional deficiencies in America as a “silent epidemic.” Many of the recommended daily allowances for vitamins, amino acids, and minerals were set during leaner times like the Great Depression or World War II, and designed to prevent scurvy, rickets, or stunted growth.
Combined with the increased prevalence of high-calorie, hyper-processed foods in the human diet and the rising cost of fresh produce, these forces have created a population that is severely deficient in certain key nutrients.
It’s safe to say that Americans have higher aspirations for health than simply avoiding rickets or scurvy. That’s why Dr. Kresser has created a free quiz that will calculate a rough estimate of your risk for nutritional deficiencies.
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Currently, some deficiencies are almost universal. According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, almost no one in America gets enough potassium.
Their research estimates that 97% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium, which prepares the immune system to fight cancer and infections, and 94% are not getting enough vitamin D. These two compounds need one on the other for good absorption. the deficiency levels are probably the result.
World at Large reported that 92% do not get enough choline, which is not classified as a vitamin or mineral, and therefore should not be reported on nutrition labels. WaL also commented on the fact that as recently as 2018 the government agency USDA recommended that Americans eat chocolate cakes and McDonalds sandwiches for breakfast to combat choline deficiency, revealing the depth of ignorance about this essential micronutrient.
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Linus Pauling also found that 89% of Americans are deficient in vitamin E, while Dr. Kresser’s own research shows that most Americans take a mildly toxic form of vitamin E.
The quiz only takes 3 minutes, can be done here and includes a free e-book download at the end.
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