Many of you preppers have some seriously awesome Bug out Bags, Shelter in place plans, and even modern tactical weapons. These things are essential, they help keep the prepper alive during immediate life threatening situations. When you look at the horizon of spending the rest of your life in a SHTF or Teotwawki situation some major problems can occur. The problem I want to talk about in this article is malnutrition or nutritional deficiencies.
During SHTF or Teotwawki the slow death will be the worst.
The problem will be malnutrition and the various debilitating effects thereof. The solution is simply to grab some multi vitamins from Amazon and put them in your Bug out Bag. Just getting meat every day will not satisfy all nutritional needs, humans also need vegetables and plant material. I want to scare the hell out of you for now, so keep reading for the 5 reasons you need vitamins in your bag.
I want to scare the hell out of you. Seriously
Reason #1: Scurvy (not joking)
Scurvy might be the last think on a preppers mind. It is entirely possible to keep scurvy at bay with normal garden fruits and peppers. According to the Wikipedia entry for scurvy Chili peppers, bell peppers, citrus fruit, and Cruciferous Vegetables ( cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables) all have vitamin C. Vitamin C or Ascorbic acid is the only real means of keeping scurvy in check. Can you guarantee your family fresh veggies all year long? I don’t know that most of us could make that promise.
Reason #2: Iron Deficiency
Iron Deficiency is a problem today, even in countries where plentiful amounts of meat and veggies exist. According to healthline an iron deficiency is the most widespread nutritional problem worldwide, it must be obvious that it will be a problem for preppers and survivalists when SHTF. The biggest problem with an iron deficiency is Iron-deficiency anemia. This means a lower than normal level of red blood cells. Some of the symptoms include.
- Pale Skin
- Shortness of breath
- Strange cravings for non-food things. (dirt, ice, rocks, clay)
- Tingling in legs
- Fast heartbeat
- Brittle nails
Reason #3: Vitamin A Deficiency
Ok this one is going to be a bit more brutal than even scurvy. Why, because it has a stronger impact on children and pregnant women. According to the WHO (world health organization) a vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children. Also women who lack vitamin A have a higher maternity mortality rate. This means that if you can’t get the vitamins your wife or mate needs, you will see a horrible situation with no good end in sight. The veggies that will save you on this one are the green-yellow ones; carrots, kale, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. Also reddish-yellow fruits such as apricots, papaya, and peaches.
Reason #4: Vitamin B9 (folate) Deficiency
Folate or vitamin B9 does a lot of things for the body. It helps create red blood cells and DNA. Folate is also very important in fetal development. A deficiency can lead to severe birth defects and growth problems. Vitamin B9 is found in beans, citrus fruits, dark leafy veggies, and various meats.
The NIH recommends that pregnant women should take 400 micrograms of folate each day. As preppers we have to ask ourselves if we have a good enough variety of foods to even consider having children during SHTF. Even if you just saved the vitamins for times of low crop yield, or extended travel they would be VERY handy.
Yes this is a big deal. You think that your diet while bugging out will be good enough to provide the correct amount of calcium? Maybe it will, but over time the lady preppers or survivalists will wish they had made sure to have a good supply of calcium. One of the major issues with a calcium deficiency is that it is hard to detect until it is too late. (specially with no doctors and x-ray machines) The best sources of calcium are milk, yogurt, cheese, kale, broccoli, and calcium fortified grains and cereals.
Problems with low calcium intake are weakening of bones, convulsions, abnormal heart rhythms, and even death.
Make sure you guys have some vitamins in your Bug out Bag, or Shelter in place storage. They are insanely cheap and you could even pop them in half and take one half per day. If 15 bucks now can save you a years worth of trouble from malnutrition isn’t it worth it? My dad and I recommend this bottle, also note that if using the half a day method your one bottle of vitamins will last you over 2.73 years. And if you take them only when you have a crappy food source, or only one type of food, they could last you for a few years more.
I would really appreciate it if you guys could let me know what kinds of vitamins you have in your bag, or when do you plan on buying some? Send me an email John@fathersonpreppers.com or leave a comment below.
–John Colorado 9/19/2014