Healing Power of Minerals
The Miracle of Minerals
The healing power of minerals is in the food we eat. You can also get them from supplements like vitamins, though they must be taken in the correct quantities. Minerals are chemical elements that are an essential part of a balanced diet and your body needs them to be able to function properly.
There are two kinds of minerals. One is macro minerals and the other is trace minerals. Your body needs a lot more macro minerals than it does trace minerals. Macro minerals are made up of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, sulphur and chloride. Trace minerals are made up of copper, cobalt, fluoride, iron, iodine, manganese, selenium and zinc.
While your body has the power to create its own vitamins, minerals have to come from outside the body. Below is a guide to all the major minerals you will need for your health and wellbeing.
I’m sure we all know that calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth, but calcium also helps regulate the heart rhythm, muscle flexibility and boosts the nervous system. Calcium is absorbed with the aid of vitamin D, magnesium, and phosphorus. Good sources of calcium can be found in:
- Green Leafy Vegetables
Copper is essential for normal metabolic function. A shortage of copper can cause Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the digestive system. Read more about Inflammation-Fighting Foods. A shortage of copper can also cause uneven skin pigmentation, but an overdose can cause muscle cramps, nausea, and liver damage. Good sources of copper can be found in:
Iodine is crucial for the efficient functioning of the thyroid gland, which in itself is essential for regulating the body’s metabolism and at the rate in which it uses energy. One of the best sources of iodine can be found in sea vegetable such as nori, hijiki, wakame, arame and kombu, all forms of kelp. Did you know that sea vegetables were the first foods humans ate when they came into being?
Other good sources of iodine can be found in:
- Fish such as Herring and Haddock
- Vegetables such as Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts
- Himalayan pink salt
Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts can be a rich source of iodine, so long as the soil in which it grows is rich in this mineral. Choose organic vegetables for the best results. Table salt may be enriched with iodine, but it’s by no means the best form of salt you can ingest and should be avoided.
Rather opt for pink Himalayan salt, as not only does this particular salt contain iodine, it also contains all the essential nutrients our bodies require to transport these elements in and out of our cells and by that, regulating our blood pressure.
Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals, a vast number considering only 118 elements are known to science. It’s for this reason that by adding Himalayan pink salt to your diet, it can help rectify virtually any mineral deficiency you may have. Himalayan salt also contains calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Deficiency of iodine is a serious issue since this mineral plays an essential role in the functioning metabolism of your thyroid gland. By adding a small amount of Himalayan salt to your food, you won’t ever need to worry about iodine deficiency again.
Iron is used by your body to manufacture red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to your body’s tissues in the form of haemoglobin. If you suffer from constant tiredness and have pale skin, this could be an indication that you’re deficient of iron in your system. However, taking in too much iron can affect your body’s ability to absorb other minerals such as copper and zinc. And ingesting large quantities of iron can cause damage to your liver. It’s extremely important to maintain balance and a healthy lifestyle so as to avoid any mineral deficiency.
Good sources of iron can be found in:
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
- Dried Apricots
- Lean Meat
Magnesium helps prevent vascular disease and muscle cramping. It’s also important for keeping your nervous and hormonal systems healthy.
Good sources of magnesium can be found in:
- Citrus Fruit
- Dried Fruit
- Brown Rice
Phosphorus helps give your body energy and is important for the healthy growth of cell membranes. It also helps to promote healthy teeth and bone development. A good source of phosphorus can be found in protein-rich foods such as lean beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. Other sources of phosphorus can be found in fish such as Walleye, a freshwater fish native to Canada and the Northern United States and Pollock, the common name used for either of the two species of North Atlantic marine fish as well as in sardines. You’ll also get phosphorus from nuts and seeds.
Selenium works well with vitamin E to detoxify your body and it can help prevent diseases such as cancer as well as maintain healthy tissue.
Good sources of selenium can be found in:
- Brazil Nuts
- Brown Rice
- Shell Fish
Zinc helps build a healthy immune system. It also helps people recover from illness and lowers cholesterol. Zinc is essential for hormone related health needs and this is especially important for menstruating women. One clear way to find out if you suffer from a shortage of zinc is when you start noticing white marks on your fingernails. Another is a reduced sense of taste and smell. And in some cases, a skin condition such as acne, though acne also has many other causes too.
Good sources of zinc can be found in:
- Whole Grain Products
- Cashew Nuts
- Chick Peas
- Shell Fish
- Brewer’s Yeast