As a nutritional coach, people often ask me: “Why can’t I get all the nutrients I need from the foods I eat?”
In theory, you can. While it’s entirely possible to get all the nutrients you need from the foods you eat, it almost never happens. Not now, and not even 10,000 years ago.
Archeologists have analyzed bone fossils that show mineral deficiencies in perhistoric man that resulted from dietary imbalances dating back as long as 10,000 years ago—and this was long before the invention of Coca-Cola or Twinkies.
So how can that be?
Macro nutrients are really easy to get: carbs, proteins, and fats. But since the beginning of time, it’s the micro nutrients that are the most challenging—particularly keeping those micronutrients in balance. For example, salt, in its natural form contains over 84 different minerals (not just sodium), and that’s part of the reason why it was such an important item of trade historically, and why it continues to be highly coveted all over the world even today.