NHS08: Minerals... Get Ready for Optimum Health05.03.2013
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Nowadays, Supplementation is Necessary for Health
Like vitamins, minerals work with enzymes as coenzymes, allowing all activities in your body to take place efficiently.
Minerals are required for all metabolic processes as well as proper composition of your body fluids, the formation of your blood and bones. They are also critically important for healthy nerve function.
Our civilization is starving for nutrients that are lacking in our food chain. Now, more than ever, supplementation is crucial for health, because minerals have been depleted from our soils, and other nutrients are destroyed in the processing & cooking of almost all the foods we eat. This type of malnutrition is often the cause of pain and chronic degenerative diseases.
Have you heard the phrase "over-fed but under-nourished"? Even though caloric intake is abundant, many bodies lack proper nourishment.
Minerals are naturally occurring elements found in rocks on the earth. As rocks erode over millions of years, they break down into tiny fragments of dust and sand. This mineral powder accumulate to form the basis of soil, which is teeming with microbes that help plants utilize the minerals. These minerals are taken up into plants, then eaten by animals, both of which are consumed by humans. In nature, this is how we ingest minerals.
Minerals belong to two groups: major (or bulk) minerals and trace minerals. Major minerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. These are needed in larger amounts than trace minerals, and their deficiencies & imbalances will quickly cause illness.
Trace minerals include zinc, iron, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, and iodine and many others. Although very small amounts of trace minerals are required, they are just as important for your good health as the major minerals.
Because minerals are stored primarily in your body's bone and muscle tissue, overdose is possible. But toxic amounts accumulate only with extremely large doses taken for prolonged periods of time.
Calcium and Magnesium regulate your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which controls your "fight or flight" reaction. Your SNS is stimulated by calcium, and inhibited by magnesium. Imbalance causes SNS dominance, an uptight nervous, jittery person. Magnesium will calm you down and bring back your sunny personality.
Sodium and Potassium regulate your parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), which controls your "rest & digest" reaction. PSNS is stimulated by potassium, and inhibited by sodium. Imbalance causes PSNS dominance (quite rare) a lethargic, tired, slow moving person. Supplementing potassium will revive you out of evening fatigue.
For your health, one main thing you need to understand is mineralization. Cells deficient in minerals are working under stress and age prematurely. There simply are not enough nutrients in our foods that are produced using modern industrial methods. Soils are depleted.
There are very few complete mineral supplements on the market... below, you'll find two complete mineral supplements.
Once again, try seeing it this way...
If you want to play football, you need a whole team of players to win a game.
Just as a few players can't win a game, a few ingredients can't make you healthy.
Unless you have a whole team of players on the field, can you win the game?
You need a whole team of ingredients to look young and feel healthy!
What's missing in your food?
To your health!