What are Minerals anyway?
Minerals are nothing more than elements—the very same elements that grace the periodic table inside a high school chemistry text book like chromium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and so on. They are the elements that comprise the entire universe, this earth, and everything on it, including you. Your body is truly a masterpiece formed from these same elements.
The Stripping of Mother Earth
Traditionally, eating fresh grains, fruits, and vegetables grown in nutrient-rich soil has been the primary supply for a full spectrum of minerals. Unfortunately, in today’s world, naturally occurring, nutrient-rich soil is becoming increasingly rare.
Sprouting seeds, towering trees and aggressive farming practices are draining our soils from their nutrients and preventing those soils from renewing themselves. On top of it, the use of fertilizers and pesticides are increasing the problem. The result – farmed food with an increasing deficiency in natural minerals. Given the importance of these nutrients for our body, this situation has become more and more problematic as years go by.
But why are these Minerals so important?
Because your body requires nearly two thirds of all the elements currently known to man in order to maintain health, keeping these minerals in balance is a complex, yet incredibly vital task. The events of everyday living demand a continual ingestion of minerals.
Chemical and electrical processes are occurring within your body at every moment. These processes can only function correctly if the proper balance of minerals is continually being supplied to your system. Iron for your blood, sulphur for your muscles, calcium for your bones, and an aggregation of many other elements in balanced trace amounts help to ensure the proper function of your body. As such, it is important to constantly replenish your body with the elements it expends on a daily basis.
A Disturbing Trend: Mineral Imbalance
It’s no wonder that scientists are only now beginning to discover the effects and interrelationships of minerals in our human systems, such as how minerals help maintain a healthy balance, and what adverse effects are created by a mineral imbalance.
If you are one of them—whether because of frequent exercise, stress, or a diet of overly refined, nutrient-poor foods—your body will attempt to correct the situation in futility, usually resulting in food cravings, muscle cramps, and general fatigue.
What Can You Do?
You can start by making sure you’re getting enough minerals in your diet. The best approach to ensure you get a variety of minerals, and in the proper amounts, is to adopt a broad healthy wholefoods diet. Where possible eat organically grown produce. A wholefoods diet involves an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, unrefined protein, beans, whole grains, and legumes. That’s a good start, to leave your body with a full spectrum of properly proportioned, readily available minerals. If you still feel like you are lacking in energy consult your doctor or qualified clinician for advice on taking a multivitamin or mineral supplement in addition to your wholefoods diet.
Note to take away: Minerals and Vitamins are essential for living as air and water. Not only do they keep your body healthy and functional, they protect you from a variety of diseases.
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