Regardless of what you are preparing for, and regardless of what stage you are at on the preparedness journey, something that will never change is that people get sick.
Although many people have a medical kit that an accident and emergency department would be proud to own, that alone will not be enough.
You need to have a basic working knowledge of the medical problems that can occur from nothing more complicated than everyday life, especially when that life is lived under conditions that are so very different from those we are used to.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are not the most riveting subject but a working knowledge of the most common, and some of the most dangerous deficiency diseases is an absolute must for those trying to survive in a world without medical assistance.
Eating a restricted diet can induce all of them. The kind of diet many of us will be eating after a societal collapse.
Ariboflavinosis B2 Deficiency
Again, not overly common now, it affects about 10% of the population in its mildest form.
Ariboflavinosis is very common in the malnourished and in alcoholics who cannot absorb it through their damaged liver. It is a deficiency of vitamin B2, also called riboflavin.
It causes the tongue to turn a very distinctive bright pink color and leads to cracked lip, throat swelling, bloodshot eyes and low red blood cell count. It will ultimately lead to coma and death if left untreated.
In normal times when a varied diet is available the possibility of suffering from ariboflavinosis is very low. In times of crisis the risk will increase dramatically.
Vitamin B2 riboflavin is present in the following foods:
· Green leafy vegetables
Like most of the deficiencies mentioned a diet with adequate meat, fish, fresh fruit and veggies is crucial to stave off deficiency diseases. Although we all try our best to stockpile wholesome foods that will see us and our families through hard times it will not be enough to avoid problems without supplementation. Even if it just pots on a windowsill fresh food is essential if we are to maintain good health.Even though many of the vitamins and minerals are more concentrated in meat, fish and dairy eating enough vegetables will go a long way towards making up the deficits that a more restricted diet imposes on us.
The problem with relying on vegetables for the bulk of our vitamins is the large amounts that will need to be consumed in order to get enough of the required nutrition.
Many deficiency diseases will be very difficult to avoid in a long-term collapse. Humans need a wide variety of foods, from all food groups in order to sustain themselves.
Great care should be taken now to plan and procure as wide a variety of foodstuffs as you can in order to avoid these debilitating and in some cases life limiting conditions.
Without exception the addition of fresh foods to our diet is the best way to ensure we are not deficient in vitamins and minerals in the long term.