Hi, I am Lesley, in the spring of 2009 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer when I was only 41 years old. I was the first person in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, so to say I did not see it coming would be an understatement!
I fought to save my life, but what life did I have now? I was a shadow of my former self.
Following my cancer treatments, which included chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries, I was struggling to regain my pre-cancer self. I had heard of the “new normal” but no one prepared me for the life-changing collateral damage of the very treatment that had saved my life.
Feeling “normal” again after cancer treatment is something that is not talked about much. I had fought to save my life and for many days I struggled with the myriad of “after effects”.
- Brain Fog
- Decreased Energy
- Weight Gain/Inability to Lose Weight, especially in my mid-section.
- Loss of Libido
Since there is no manual for what to do after cancer or any other illness and cancer unfortunately touches so many lives, I decided in 2017 to go back to school and back to my passion, to study Naturopathic Nutrition.
During my journey back to health and education I discovered that nutrient deficiencies exist extensively among many members of the U.S. population. Rich, poor, well, or sick—92 percent of the population is suffering from at least one mineral or vitamin deficiency based on the Dietary Reference Intakes. The entire country is overfed and undernourished. Even if you consume a “perfect” diet, the odds are, something is missing.
Multiple studies, dating as far back as 1936, have found that the soil of farmland all across the globe is deficient in micronutrients, lowering their content in produce. To further prove this theory, in 2003, Canadian researchers compared the data of current vegetable nutrient content to data from 50 years ago. Their findings showed that the mineral content of cabbage, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes had depleted from 400 milligrams to less than 50 milligrams throughout the twentieth century. And, that’s just a sampling of what they found.
The fact is, even if processed junk food and fast food were not a part of the food supply, deficiencies would still be rampant, as soil quality is diminishing at a rapid rate and reducing the nutrient value of produce.
- 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in potassium.
- 7 out of 10 are deficient in calcium.
- 8 out of 10 are deficient in vitamin E.
- 50 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium.
And the statistics for vitamin D deficiency, which has been linked to several chronic illnesses, is even more alarming. The challenge with vitamin D is there is no food source you can eat to get the amount we need.
- More than 50% of the general population is vitamin D deficient, regardless of age
- 90% of Americans of color are vitamin D deficient
- Approximately 70% of elderly Americans are vitamin D deficient
Quality supplements can help you restore and maintain your micronutrient levels for optimal health. Whether you are a top athlete or someone seeking wellness, or navigating your way back to health after a major illness or accident, your diet needs to be supported to reach your healthcare goals.
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