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Planning For Better Nutrition During TEOTWAWKI To Ward Off Grim Reaper- Part 2

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You must plan nutrition concerns before TEOTWAWKI. We’ve begun to look at myths, including that TEOTWAWKI will be a good time to diet. We left off right in the middle of our examination of necessary vitamins and minerals, specifically looking at the B vitamins. Let’s continue.

Vitamin B (continued)
A wide variety of foods contain Biotin (vitamin B7); however, beef liver, soybeans, butter, split peas, lentils, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, and brewer’s yeast are especially rich sources of this nutrient. Symptoms of deficiency include brittle fingernails, hair loss, conjunctivitis, and dermatitis in the form of a scaly red rash around the eyes, nose, mouth, and genital areas. Pregnant women are at high risk of biotin deficiency. So if you have someone of child-bearing age in your group, it might be wise to store a Biotin supplement. Fortunately, deficiency is rare. Intestinal bacteria actually synthesize biotin. Unfortunately, we do not yet understand whether biotin is synthesized in adequate amounts.

Vitamin B9
Liver, leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, peas, poultry, meat, seafood, eggs, and whole grains contain folic acid. Folic acid is also one of the very few micronutrients where scientists believe that the synthetic source is better. This is because in the synthetic form it is more nutritionally available. An empty stomach absorbs folic acid better. Folic acid deficiency in pregnant women can cause neural tube defects in their offspring, so again, if you have someone of child-bearing age in your group, you should consider storing a Folic acid supplement for her. In other people, folic acid deficiency can cause anemia, depression, age-related macular degeneration, glossitis, diarrhea, gray hair, fatigue, mouth sores, and swollen tongue.

Vitamin B12
Beef, liver, turkey, and milk, and eggs in small amounts contain cyanocobalamin. Like the other B vitamins, it is water-soluble. However, in contrast to other water-soluble vitamins, vitamin B12 can be stored in the body for up to two years. Unlike most other vitamins, cyanocobalamin dietary deficiencies occur commonly, even today. Dietary deficiency is especially common in vegetarians/vegans because B12 from plant sources is rare. Meat sources may be limited at some times.

Deficiency occurs in 20% of the population over age 60 years, and 6% of the population under age 60. It is also more common in individuals who have had gastric bypass surgery. Even a mild deficiency can cause fatigue, lethargy, depression, poor memory, and headaches, especially in older people. More moderate deficiency can cause irritability, anemia, bleeding gums, and easy bruising. And the damage can be severe and irreversible, especially to the brain and nervous system.

Furthermore, there are a number of common prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can interfere with the release of dietary vitamin B12. However, they do not interfere with supplemental B12. These drugs include H2-receptor antagonists, such as Tagamet, Pepcid, and Zantac; metformin; and proton-pump inhibitors like omeprazole, Prilosec, and Prevacid. Including cyanocobalamin in the food storage plan would probably be a good move for anyone over the age of 60 and for all who take any of the afore-mentioned drugs.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. Fruits, juices, and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and potatoes are rich in vitamin C. Rose hips and pine needles are also very high in vitamin C. Scurvy is the classic disease associated with vitamin C deficiency. Brown spots on the skin, primarily on the legs and thighs, soft gums, and bleeding from all mucous membranes are markers of the deficency. The effects of scurvy are completely reversible with the addition of vitamin C to the diet.

Vitamin D
Oily fish, milk, butter, and eggs contain the fat-soluble Vitamin D. Our bodies can synthesize this vitamin, but you must have sun exposure without sunscreen. Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets, softening of the bones, bone fractures, and bending of the spine. The decrease in the incidence of rickets in children in the 1900s is attributed almost entirely to the increased consumption of fortified milk.

Vitamin E
Most nuts; peanut, olive, sunflower, and safflower oils; and dark leafy green vegetables contain this fat-soluable vitamin. Deficiencies can cause nerve problems due to poor conduction of electrical impulses along the nerves. Fortunately, problems from deficiency are rare and are almost never due to poor diet. Individuals with gastric bypass, liver disease, and Crohn’s disease aremost at risk for vitamin E deficiency.

Dairy products, almonds, pistachios, beans, broccoli, kale, dandelion leaves, okra, and eggshells contain calcium. Eggshells can be washed, dried, ground into powder, and then mixed into food or water, if necessary. A deficiency of calcium leads to poor blood clotting, osteoporosis, and rickets. Common causes of calcium deficiency are vitamin D deficiency and hypoparathyroidism. Calcium deficiency treatment includes taking calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium supplements.

Leafy green vegetables, whole grains, cocoa, nuts, and spices contain magnesium. Only about 32% of the U.S. population gets the minimum recommended daily allowance of magnesium. In addition, insufficient dietary intake and proton pump inhibitor therapy are the common causes. Magnesium deficiency can cause neuromuscular and cardiovascular dysfunction (muscle spasms), high blood pressure, and anxiety disorders. magnesium supplements treat magnesium .

All fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish contain potassium. Foods with high amounts of potassium include milk, chocolate, nuts, bananas, potatoes, and dried apricots. Most Americans and Europeans do not consume adequate amounts of potassium on a daily basis. Severe potassium deficiency can lead to hypertension and even death.

Seaweed, kelp, and shellfish– items not normally included in our food storage– contain iodine. We can also get iodine from milk and eggs, provided that the animals producing them have adequate intake themselves. The best and easiest source for us is iodized salt. Plan on using about eight pounds per person annually, if you are cooking everything from scratch. (But you should also store plain salt for making yeast breads, as iodine retards yeast fermentation.) Iodine deficiency in adults can cause hypothyroidism, and it has also been implicated in breast and gastric cancers.

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