Types of Minerals
Types of minerals the body needs are natural every day minerals that come from the earth. If mineral nutrients are not contained in the soil, they will not be in the food grown, and will not be provided to us when we consume that food.
The most crucial ingredients that are required by the body are minerals. They are essential to our physical body, i.e. bones, teeth, soft tissue, energy production and offer us both structural and functional support.
Metallic minerals which are in almost all supplements do not become bio-available immediately in the body like plant derived minerals do. I always encourage as many organically grown vegetables for higher mineral content. When we consistently turn the soil with pesticides and herbicides, we are killing any minerals that naturally live in the soil vitalizing the plant source. Selenium for example is disappearing from our produce food supply. This also rings true for factory farmed animal proteins. If the animal was not able to graze on grasses that are not treated, the mineral content will be extremely low forcing us to supplement.
Mineral deficiency is found when we thrive on "high sugar" diets such as white flour and sugar (any and all sugar) products. This can create high blood sugar as well as bone loss.
Some symptoms of mineral deficiency are:
There are at least 18 minerals that are known to human nutrition. Our bodies need minerals for proper composition of bones and blood and for maintenance of normal cell function. Minerals are classified into two categories, major and minor also known as "trace minerals". On a daily basis, our bodies require more than 100 milligrams of major minerals and less than 100 milligrams of minor minerals. Now, not only a question of "What Vitamins Should I Take?" but "What Minerals Should I Take?" as well!
Major Types of Minerals Include:
Trace Types of Minerals Include:
Your best source of minerals are derived from green sea vegetables. Don't turn your nose up just yet! When I began exploring healthy food choices, I was not a fish eater. The thought of anything from the sea unless it was a deep fried prawn did not excite me. This is why the following recipe is a superior source of great taste and high mineral value. This soup is a perfect therapeutic soup for those suffering mineral deficiencies and/or osteopenia/osteoperosis, or just a boost to nutrition by sipping a small cup with one of your meals daily.
Bone Broth Mineral Infusion
Add all ingredients to large stock pot and cover with pure water. Let simmer on low for 8-24 hours. Pour broth through a strainer and bottle in mason jars when cooled and refrigerate or freeze.
For those too busy to make a large stock pot full of broth, you can take a short cut. Simmer one 2" strip of kombu or other sea vegetables in a cup of organic chicken or vegetable stock for 20 minutes on low and sip. You won't get the valuable calcium like that of the bone broth but valuable minerals are contained in the sea vegetables.
Iron and selenium can be dangerous if taken in high amounts so check with your Dr. before supplementing with either, more particularly iron.
Selenium RDA's can be obtained with the addition of about 3 brazil nuts daily and those can be added to a smoothie.
My Green Breakfast Smoothie is loaded with valuable minerals from the nuts and seeds as well, green leafy veggies!
Your everyday minerals and the types of minerals you consume contribute to a healthier working body free of disease. Zinc supplementation for example in studies decreased "All Cause Mortality" by 49%!
That's an impressive percentage and one that we should all perk up and listen to!
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