First and foremost – an unnatural diet, stress, pollution, drugs and bad habits. All of that can be easily found in the civilized lifestyle.
Natural products are designed to provide optimal nutrition. Millet groats, vegetables, quinoa, wholegrain rice and fruits are food items with the largest ratio of vitamin B to other vitamins and elements. Eating these products means getting a surplus of B vitamins, which can then be used for purposes other than digestion or refilled in places from which it had been “borrowed” earlier.
Man-made products work in the opposite way: refined wheat flower is deprived of vitamins, which makes all of the products made from it (bread, baked goods, pasta, dumplings, pancakes) use up more B vitamins to be digested than they provide, which creates the deficiency. The record is held by white sugar, which consumes gigantic quantities of B vitamins and gives nothing back, additionally feeding many pathogens in the body – rot bacteria, fungi, cancers. And good luck trying to find something on the supermarket shelves that doesn’t contain it… It’s everywhere, in almost any processed product. Another thing omnipresent in processed products are chemicals such as preservatives, various additives and aromas, which must be neutralized by the liver and also use up a large amount of B vitamins. And again – try finding a product in a regular grocery store that doesn’t contain them. What’s worse, there is a plethora of products containing mainly just that – sugar and additives. A popular B vitamin murderer like that is the popular coke soda. Drinking 0,3l of this drink blocks the absorption of calcium and magnesium for many hours. Other habits popular in the civilized lifestyle include coffee, alcohol, smoking, medicine and drugs, but also stress, sleep deprivation and pollution of the air, water and soil – they all play a big role in depriving the body of B vitamins and the substances dependent on them. As you can see, a civilized man simply must have a B vitamin deficiency of some degree. If that deficiency has its roots in the civilized lifestyle, then it obviously grows larger with time and inevitably leads to many diseases. You would however think that if it’s caused by a temporary increase of B vitamins and the substances dependent on them being used up, such as in the case of an infection, surgery or a cleanse, it should even itself out soon by itself. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Oftentimes you will remain on that lower level of B vitamins, because you may provide enough of them for current needs, but not enough to straighten out the remaining deficiencies. It probably would happen naturally if our diet consisted of natural products in appropriate proportions (about 70-80% vegetables and fruits and 20-30% other food).
Natural products are those made by nature – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs. The proportions of elements and vitamins in them are perfect. You don’t have to worry about anything, the balance between vitamins, minerals and all we need is preserved. But we also consider products made from natural sources “natural”. But the truth is that no bread, even from the fullest grain, no chocolate, even dark, no liquidated fat, even the healthiest exist in that form in nature. They are the product of man and can, like all supplements, interfere with the natural balance of the body, changing the proportions of ingested nutrients, becoming a burden to the body instead of helping it. Let’s take a natural product – say, a vegetable – and add in extra fat, olive oil for example. Now additional B vitamins are needed for the oil to be digested and the oil itself does not contain them. In olives, the product of nature, there are B vitamins and vitamin C besides the oil and the vitamins soluble in it, but in olive oil only the A, D and E vitamins are found. Where are the B vitamins necessary for the digestion of additional fats supposed to come from? If they aren’t present in sufficient quantities in other components of the meal and the body lacks a source to “borrow” them from, the fat will be stored. Eating more carbohydrates, fats or proteins than B vitamins capable to digest and absorb them will inevitably lead to weight gain and illness. The body excretes what it can to its best ability (because even that requires B vitamins) and stores the rest – both nutrients and toxins.
Take chocolate for example. The cocoa bean is a seed created by nature, rich in many nutrients, for example magnesium. But chocolate is a man-made product. Though undoubtedly tasty, the fat and sugar contained in it use up the vitamin B6 necessary for the magnesium to be absorbed. This is why the more sugar and fat and less cocoa is contained in the chocolate, the more false the claim that eating this chocolate is healthy. Its healthiness also depends on the state of the body enjoying it – the larger the B vitamin deficiency, the smaller the chances of any magnesium being absorbed. It will most likely be excreted, because the act of digesting the chocolate alone requires using up more B vitamins, robbing them from other processes (the symptom of which might be a rash for example – people often call this an allergy to chocolate).
Of course, if you eat plenty of vegetables, millet groats, wholewheat rice or other products rich in B vitamins, you probably won’t feel the process described above, because those foods provide more B vitamins than the process of their digestion requires to take place. Otherwise we would not be able to digest meat, for example. But if you eat more meat or fats (even healthy ones) than you do vegetables, or even worse no vegetables or groats at all, but plenty of processed foods, deprived of any vitamins? Your body is in a hopeless situation – it needs a lot of B vitamins just for the digestion process, but the foods digested do not provide any. The deficiency of vitamins and other substances the vitamins take part in the making of keeps growing, literally with every meal.
This is the cause of digestive issues, so popular nowadays: bloating, constipation, heartburn, indigestion and intolerance. Our bodies are trying to tell us they are lacking the B vitamins to digest fats, proteins and carbohydrates. We usually ignore those symptoms, but they are a sign that the body is losing its natural balance. This starts off a chain reaction of problems: B vitamin deficiency forces the body to save on them in all the processes which they are necessary for, which gradually hinders the body’s ability to function in general and when it has nothing to fall back on, inflammation and illnesses of various organs and systems begin.