The YBL approach focuses on creating health. Nutrition and lifestyle are at the epicenter of this. By using integrative nutrition and genetic testing we determine a personalized nutrition and food plan that may be your most critical investment to create the best outcome for your health long term.
Did you know that studies show that our food supply no longer has the nutrient density that it once had in the 1960’s? American agriculture’s single-minded focus on increasing yields over the last half-century has created a blind spot where incremental erosion in the nutritional quality of our food has occurred. This erosion has gone largely unnoticed by scientists, farmers, government and consumers. Government data from the US and UK shows that foods are less nutrient dense than 50 years ago with double digit declines in iron, calcium, selenium and zinc. Studies with wheat, corn, and broccoli have found that modern high yield varieties generally have lower concentrations of trace minerals than lower yield varieties. One study in 2009 found that 85% of Americans were not consuming enough vitamin E.
For many years Americans were taught, “ if you eat right, you do no need a multi-vitamin supplement.” Many medical authorities are now challenging this concept. No supplement will take the place of whole nutritious food, but if the conditions for growing crops are compromised the nutrition that we count on is no longer there. In the US, at least 50% of the population is deficient in vitamins C, D, E, B12, B6 and minerals iron and zinc. A vitamin and mineral is ESSENTIAL to health and cannot be manufactured by the body. Therefore, if you do not have an optimal level, potentially important chemical reactions in your body will NOT take place, thus compromising your overall health and ability to function.
In addition to these tiny micronutrients, the overall composition of your diet matters. Cancer is now known to be 5-10% due to genetics and 90-95% environmental. Diet is estimated to comprise 30-35% of this problem. (1)
1. Pharmaceutical Research Vole 25, No 9 September 2008