Supplements - A boon or a bane?

The scientific and technological advancements made over the last 100 years have brought great comfort and convenience to every ordinary person of our generation, which kings and queens of the past could have never dreamt of!! The choices they offer can enhance us or cripple us depending on how consciously we exercise them.

It is wonderful that we have an option to order food through Zomato on the day we are shifting our house but if that option makes us not develop the habit of cooking daily at home, then we have unconsciously turned a boon into a bane.

Likewise, fertilizers and tractors could be remarkable inventions. But we cannot keep the soil rich just with fertilizers and a tractor. We are turning soil into sand because there is no organic material anymore – there are no leaves or animal waste. We need animals on the land. Right from ancient times, when we grew crops, we only took the crop alone. The rest of the plant and animal waste always went back into the soil.

In a temperate climate, fertilizers that we put into the soil will stay up to nine to twelve years. But in a tropical climate, it will not stay for more than three to four months. We got this idea from somewhere that we can grow food in some way other than the organic way. Our diet has lost nourishment simply because of the way it is grown.

We are just pumping up plants with something so that it only looks like food. It is not food. Today, the food we eat is full of chemicals. This is happening because the soil quality has come down dramatically. The nourishment levels in the vegetables and crops that we are growing in India have dropped by about 30% in the last 25 years.

Changing all this is beyond any of us. That leaves us with only one choice. Either to stay malnourished or to leverage the breakthroughs made by modern science in the area of organic, plant based supplementation. But then we need to consciously exercise this choice by sensibly choosing the food that’s appropriate for our current lifestyle and the nature of work we do and take the needed supplements to complement our diet. That’s the only way to cover the 30% gap in nourishment that’s missing in our food.