Nutrient Destroyers

Alcohol • Caffeine • Sugar • Tobaccco • Others

 
Nutrient Destroyers

 

 

 

Nutrient Destroyers

It is wonderful that we can take vitamins and minerals to improve and maintain our health. But be careful. There are a host of foods we eat that are not too kind to these nutrients.


Alcohol
Moderate drinkers of alcohol (eg. one glass of wine per day) has been shown to have many cardiovascular benefits including lower blood pressure and higher levels of HDL (the “good cholesterol”). But too much alcohol (ie. more than 2 glasses a day) is dangerous to the heart and other vital organs.

Alcohol destroys:

Because alcohol does have health benefits, but it also destroys many important nutrients - wait at least 2 hours after taking supplements before consuming alcohol.


Caffeine
Many people can’t do without their morning coffee. Caffeine forces the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline. This is perhaps why many people require coffee in the morning to jumpstart their bodies. But caffeine is quite a nutrient killer.

Caffeine destroys:

 

Drinking decaffeinated coffee may not be so good for our bodies as well. Although decaffeinated coffee does contain very little caffeine, but the chemicals used in the process of removing the caffeine require detoxification by the liver.

However, there might be some saving grace for coffee. There have been some recent reports (eg. Time magazine), that caffeine may lower the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and colon cancer.

Stay tuned, while I research more on the (good and bad) health effects of coffee. Please signup for updates (at bottom of page).


Sugar
Sugar is bad. I will repeat this again, “Sugar is bad”. Sugar has been linked to all kinds of diseases and health problems. Many nutrients are used up and lost when a person consumes too much sugar.

Sugar destroys:

 

Other health problems related to sugar:
Sugar in our diet, decreases urine output. Sugar also increases calcium in our urine. These 2 factors lead to a higher concentration of urinary calcium, which may lead to kidney stone formation.

Sugar promotes teeth decay, because the bacteria in the mouth turns sugar to acid. This acid will attack the teeth enamel and cause teeth decay.

Studies have also shown that individuals with gallstones generally have a higher sugar consumption than those who do not.

High sugar consumption can also cause enlarged kidneys and kidney damage. Which may in turn lead to kidney stones.

When I say 'sugar', I mean the refined white sugar available in supermarkets and sundry shops. There are unrefined, natural cane sugar which do have some nutrient value. For example muscovado sugar is known to have high nutrient value comparable even to pure honey.


Tobacco
Smoking tobacco is one of the worst things you can do to your health. Smoking tobacco depletes vitamin C (a major antioxidant). Vitamin C is essential in maintaining the collagen structure of the skin. That is why many smokers have dry, scaly skin. It is also carcinogenic (linked to lung cancer).

Tobacco destroys:


Other kinds of nutrient destroyers (and the corresponding nutrients they destroy):


Antibiotics: Vitamin B3

Aspirin: Vitamin C, Vitamin K (Phylloquinone)

Birth control pills: Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin E.

Chlorine: Vitamin E.

Fever: Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin C.

Rancid fats & oils: Vitamin E, Vitamin K.

Radiation: Vitamin B6, Vitamin K (Phylloquinone)

Raw clams: Vitamin B1

Stress: Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Calcium.

Lack of exercise: Calcium

Laxatives: Vitamin B12

 

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