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Minerals: They Do a Body Good

Minerals are not just for rocks and dirt, they are for people, too. Specifically, they are for you and your body!

Let me save you some money and possibly even some potential health problems. For starters, have you ever found yourself standing in the health food section of a store staring, almost trance-like, at the vitamin and mineral supplement bottles? The fancy packaging and enticing claims are confusing. Which one is best? Are they all the same? Does it really even matter? Well, let me assure you, it matters big time.

What is so important about minerals? What do they actually do for us?

Very simplistically, minerals are elements that are essential for life and optimal health. There are approximately six dozen minerals that are necessary for everything from bones, hair, and nails, to enzyme and hormone formation, to control of chemical and neurological reactions, and to the regulation of virtually every physiologic function in the body. A mineral deficiency can create a multitude of problems, diseases, and in the extreme, even death.

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Are all minerals the same?

Are both organic and inorganic minerals equally usable by the body? Again, to simplify; inorganic minerals are derived from rock usually found dissolved in water, or deposited in soils; whereas organic minerals are found in plants and the animals that have consumed them. The preponderance of evidence demonstrates that something has to have life to give life. To be usable by the body, minerals must go through the biologic chain where they are imbued with carbon, trace elements, and enzymes by plants and grasses. I am convinced that inorganic minerals are, at the very least of little value nutritionally, and potentially harmful. As an example, you can take a nail that is made of pure iron and grind it into the finest powder imaginable, put it in a capsule, swallow it with a glass of water, and you will get virtually no usable nutritional iron. Conversely, if you take that very same nail and throw it on the ground where it decomposes into the soil, then eat a plant that grows in that location, you get the usable iron.

This same process is true for all other minerals. Dolomite and calcium carbonate are mainly calcium, but they are inorganic rocks with impurities such as lead. Have you ever had your lawn sprinklers spray your car on a hot day? When it dries, you can see the deposits of the dissolved calcium rock that is very difficult to remove. They do the same thing in your body, often depositing in your kidneys and joints. If you have never had kidney stones, count your blessings; filter your water, and stop taking inorganic supplements. Again, like other minerals, calcium must go through the organic chain to be usable. Cattle that eat grasses growing in mineral rich soils get the calcium that they pass on in their milk products. Get your calcium from your foods like green leafy plant sources, seeds, and nuts. By the way, almond and coconut milk have approximately 50% more useable calcium than dairy milk with none of the hormones, antibiotics, or lactose intolerance.

Of course a growing concern today is soil degradation where there is a depletion of the many normal nutrients due to leaching, overuse, erosion, and artificial chemical fertilizers. The effect of soil exhaustion on plant-based nutrition is alarming. Though it still may look like spinach, a tomato, or an apple on your plate, they may have only half the nutrients and taste that they had a generation ago. It just doesn't sound right to have to say, “Three apples a day, keeps the doctor away.” One solution is to compost and grow your own garden, but not many of us are able to do that. At least try to buy organically grown produce, and supplement with Sunwarrior Supergreens, Sunwarrior Liquid Light, and Immune Shield, which give you healthy nutrition naturally.

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