As a nutritionist, I was taught the RDA, which is traditionally the Recommended Daily Amount, but I was taught it as the Recommended Deadly Amount, as it is not about optimal nutrients for the body but the minimum. The RDA is about the lowest levels that we require of a specific nutrient to AVOID disease. Now, that sounds more like surviving not thriving to me.
I have to add, I totally like the idea of the RDA representing the Recommended Daily Assimilation. Why? Because, it is about what we actually ASSIMILATE not just what we ingest, digest and absorb. Some of us have compromised digestive systems, so we do not digest, absorb or assimilate what we eat AND if you take supplements then you may just be wasting not only your money but also your health. A Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is a good way of finding out whether your digestive system needs a little hand to get those nutrients assimilated.
How do I bypass this? As well as primarily helping the digestive system to heal and repair, I try and use tissue salts and homeobotanicals for the additional nutrition. These are utilised by the body independent of the health of the digestive system as both tissue salts and homeobotanicals are potentised.
Using the amazing flavours and healing properties of herbs/botanicals just makes sense. Wild animals, instinctively know exactly which herb to eat when they don’t feel well. We humans, have lost that touch with nature as we have turned to synthetics, but these synthetics are copycats, they are not the ‘real deal’.
I integrate homeobotanicals to nourish the body in such a way, that they are assimilated by the body. They nourish every cell in the body as well as help in removing waste from each cell (known as drainage, I will discuss in another blog). Homeobotanicals are safe and dynamic in their action.
So why not consider swapping those synthetic supplements for these nutritionally rich homeobotanicals. There are a variety of homeobotanicals, but the tonics are specifically the nutrient dense ones. They are not only rich in minerals and vitamins but also the phytonutrients.
So let me give you just two examples, although there are various ones in the numerous homeobotanical tonics.
Alfalfa is a herb that contains all the 9 essential amino acids. It is a herb not only vital in herbal medicine but used for livestock feed and fertilizing agricultural land as it is nutrient dense. It is a great source of vitamins A, C, E and K and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. It is also a rich source of the trace minerals, those minerals that are required in lesser amounts such as iron, zinc, iodine, chromium and selenium. Due to alfalfa’s high chlorophyll content, it is rich in magnesium. This powerful superfood is just one ‘superfood’ in one of the homeobotanical tonics. By the way, did you know alfalfa means ‘father of all foods’?
Cayenne chilli peppers are packed with vitamins especially the B vitamins, minerals and certain phyto-nutrients. They are also rich in potassium, a much needed mineral. Did you know 100g of cayenne pepper provides 47% of our potassium RDA? I am not suggesting you eat a 100g of cayenne chilli peppers daily but you get the gist. In the nutritive homeobotanical form the cayenne is more concentrated hence denser in nutrients. Cayenne is also rich in vitamin C and known to be the highest vitamin A containing spice. Cayenne is also rich in minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium and selenium. This is also found in some of the other system specific homeobotanical blends as well as the nutritive tonic blends.
In essence, it is not what we ingest or absorb but what we assimilate. Assimilation depends on the state of not only our digestive system but also our detox system to eliminate the waste. In order for the cells to receive nutrients, they have to be able to ‘eliminate’ the waste. ‘You can not pack a room full of new guests if the old ones don’t leave’, same goes with the nutrients.