It’s Time To Care About Nutrition Again

When did we stop caring about nutrition?

And, even more importantly, why did we stop caring about nutrition?

Pew Research Center did a study on American diet habits, and while it’s no secret that many of us realize that this country is by no means the healthiest in the world, it’s also apparent that many people also don’t realize just how bad it is getting. This study by Pew found that:

  • Daily calorie intake is up 23% over the last 40 years
  • Almost half of our calorie intake comes from either flour and grains or fats and oils groups
  • 58% of people surveyed said that they should probably be eating healthier than they currently are

And despite the fact that people are eating more and more in this country, they’re not choosing the foods that actually give the body what it needs: vitamins and minerals. That’s blatantly apparent by the rise in daily calories from our over-processed flour and grains as well as the (usually unhealthy) fats and oils that Americans consume on a daily basis.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Another study was published by Oregon State University that specifically focused on micronutrient inadequacies within the U.S.



Don’t Forget To Take Care Of Your Skin This Summer

As we’re nearing the end of May, summer festivals and activities are on the minds of many people. It’s the time of year when a carefree attitude can especially shine, with weekends full of fun and plenty of opportunities for lifelong memories to be made.

Of course, when you think of summer, you’re also thinking about the warmth of sunshine and tan lines. But let’s not forget about the health of our skin, either. In fact, there’s a reason why May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.



Children Need Vitamins, Minerals, and Micronutrients, Too

When we talk about vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients, we have already established that the standard American diet is not sufficient in providing these very important elements to our bodies. This is one of the main reasons behind the continuing rise of vitamin and nutrient deficiency rates as well as diet-related disease.

When discussing diet and deficiency issues, though, many people focus solely on adults. But the fact of the matter is that getting adequate vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients are just as important for children as well.



Your Brain Is Starved Of These Nutrients. Time To Feed It.

The human brain is a magnificent specimen. Although it typically only weighs about two to three pounds, the brain consumes up to 50% of the body’s daily nutrients and “requires constant nourishment from the cardiovascular system.” It requires a constant supply of blood, to the tune of one quart per minute bring a steady flow of nutrients to it.

As we all know, our entire body works in unison to function, and in order for each system to continue to work optimally,



Here’s Why Amino Acids Are So Important For Your Health

“Amino acids are the building blocks of life.”

If you paid attention during high school science class, you’ll likely remember that phrase. If you didn’t, well, now you know. Amino acids are the raw, essential materials that your body needs to produce cells, bones, hormones, hair, skin, and more. They’re vital for other functions as well, including repairing tissue, absorbing nutrients, and are a crucial component for hormones and neurotransmitters–which are needed for physical and mental health.

Our body needs 20 amino acids in total to function and grow properly.


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You’re Flushing Your Vitamins Down The Toilet… Literally

Wastewater treatment plants can tell us a lot about what is going on in the world. For example, public health officials have been using data from plants to accurately predict upcoming COVID surges nearly a week before the positive cases started happening.

Another thing that wastewater treatment plants have told us is that our bodies aren’t absorbing (certain) vitamin and nutrient supplements, and even prescription drugs. Lower-quality vitamin supplements are simply passing right through the body and ending up in the sewage.



A Healthy Gut Equals A Healthy Brain

We here at Truehope often discuss why it is extremely important to eat a healthy diet, both for your body’s overall well-being as well as for your mental health. Your body needs essential vitamins, minerals, and other elements in order to achieve balance and be at its best.

When the body isn’t getting what it needs, though, issues start to become present, both in the physical sense as well as internally, such as our mental health.

Studies Examining The Gut And Brain Connection

Researchers continue to find more and more links between gut health and mental health,



What You Are Eating Is Probably Making You Depressed

Rates of anxiety and depression continue to rise throughout the United States, as the national average has climbed to nearly 20% of the adult population currently experiencing at least a mild issue with their mental health.

Many people are pointing at the pandemic as the main reason why this rate continues to climb, but the fact of the matter is that the rates of reported depression among adults have been climbing steadily for years, even despite an “astounding increase in antidepressant use by Americans,” according to Harvard Medical School.



What Does ‘Eating Healthy’ Actually Mean?

“I’m going to start eating healthy.”

We hear this phrase a lot. Maybe you’ve said it recently yourself. Eating healthy is a common goal that many of us have when it comes to improving our life and our nutrition.

But what does “eating healthy” actually mean?

For some people, eating “healthy” may mean adding a salad to their dinner of fried chicken and fries. For others, eating “healthy” could mean that they only go through McDonald’s three times per week instead of four.



Eating Highly Processed Foods May Cause Memory Loss

A new study out of The Ohio State University has found that a diet heavy in highly processed foods (or “ultra-processed”) may be linked to memory loss issues, which can eventually progress to an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Of course, a diet full of highly processed foods has also been linked to other health issues, specifically obesity as well as type 2 diabetes. 

What’s most concerning is that 70% of the average American diet is highly processed foods and almost all of the added sugar that Americans eat comes from those foods.