The problem with eating vegetables

The Good Life Letter 

1st February 2019

  • Why your potato might be severely depressed
  • The problem with eating vegetables – and why most vitamins aren’t the answer
  • Revealed! New research on the causes of brain shrinkage
The potato woke up at 11am after a night of uneasy dreams.

He stared at the ceiling for a while.

Sunlight glinted through the blinds and he could hear other vegetables going about their day.

An aubergine laughed uproariously outside his window.

The butternut squash bus pulled up with a squeal.

Two heads of broccoli jogged past, boasting of their high vitamin content.

The smug gits.

Life was going on as usual. But the potato couldn’t move. He felt numb.

What was the point of it all?

Perhaps he should just call it a day, turn himself into chips, throw himself into a vat of hot oil. Nobody would care.

He was just a worthless potato.

It’s tragic, I know.

You should think about this sorry tale the next time you’re eating a potato.

Because it turns out that MOST of the world’s potatoes are severely depressed.

This is according to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Shenzhen. They say that potatoes have a weak genetic makeup, thanks to too much inbreeding.

While they’re not experiencing mental depression, the researchers said that they are declining in their resilience and quality.

While I am obviously having a bit of cruel fun at the expense of the humble potato, there is a serious problem here, and that’s the declining nutritional power of food because of farming methods and years of genetic meddling through breeding and natural selection.

Your vegetables are bred to withstand pests and disease and cope with long overseas journeys. But it's the elements that make them decompose faster and lure pests that make them healthy.

Since childhood we’ve been told to make sure we get enough vitamins into our bodies and that our fruit and veg are the answer.

And they are, of course…

In part…

The problem with eating vegetables – and why most vitamins aren’t the answer

These days, we either need to eat much more fruit and veg than we think to stay at optimum health; or we need to get supplementation, particularly when we are unwell or have conditions that deplete our natural reserves.

To top up our levels, many of us reach for the nearest vitamin pills, believing they will help. This is why we collectively spend £300 million every year on supplements.

But medical research into vitamin supplements casts doubt on their ability to do what they promise.

Many scientists are unconvinced and recent reports suggest that the vast majority of vitamin supplements are poor quality and a waste of money.

For more information on why this is the case, take a look at this: The Dirty Secret Inside Your Vitamin Pills

The above report explains why I recommend natural vitamins. They are highly bio-available, which means the vitamins and minerals are better absorbed, retained and utilised by your body.

A company like Together will take whole foods, pulp them, then fortify them with vitamins and minerals. Which means that the resulting supplement works in your body like a food, with vital ‘co-factors’ such as bioflavonoids and isoflavonoids that you don’t get in chemically isolated vitamins.

For instance, one of their products is a Vitamin B complex which can help with memory, brain function and vision. These B vitamins are important as their absorption is impeded by things like stress, alcohol and pharmaceuticals.

Modern life in other words.

And it could help with the following problem too.

New research on the causes of brain shrinkage

‘Brain shrinkage’ is a terrifying phrase isn’t it?

Generally in life we prefer to avoid shrinkage of anything, except for maybe tumours or mortgages.

But the brain in particular is something we want to keep at its current size.

Brain shrinkage occurs when the brain cells become atrophied thanks to the loss of cytoplasmic proteins. You also lose neurons and the connections between them.

The problem has been associated with a bigger risk of conditions like Alzheimer's, as well as general memory decline and poor brain functioning.

Now a new study published in the journal Neurology in January has shown that extra body fat around the belly and hips could be linked to brain shrinkage.

This has been long suspected, but this new research is the first time it has properly been shown.

As I mentioned the other week, you can tackle this kind of belly and hip fat with a device like the X-Grip, which you strap around your middle, then twist for 10 minutes to break up the fat cells.

For more information, take a look at this: Tackling Dangerous Belly Fat

Brain shrinkage was also the subject of research in Neurology back in 2011.

Scientists observed less brain shrinkage and better mental performance in elderly people who had high levels of vitamins B, C, D and E in their blood, as well as elevated levels of omega 3 fatty acids.

The worst mental test results came from those subjects with more trans fats in their blood – that’s the unhealthy kind of fat in cakes, biscuits and fried foods.

The author of the 2011 study, Gene Bowman of Oregon Health and Science University said:

"It is very exciting to think that people could potentially stop their brains from shrinking and keep them sharp by adjusting their diet."

So as well as an X-Grip, consider a balanced diet and a supplement of natural vitamins like these alongside your 10 minutes of twisting per day.

Have a great weekend!

Yours, as ever

Ray Collins



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