Garner Healthy LivingWith Coach G.
Minerals & Electrolytes: Are You Getting Your Daily Arsenic?
April 2nd, 2008
The human body contains lots of minerals. These minerals get used and discarded. They have to be recycled.
Mineral ions with positive and negative charges are called electrolytes. These electrical charges allow them to function in the body as messengers that are used to make practically everything work.
The body keeps a very delicate balance of minerals in the blood stream. When your body doesn't get the minerals that it needs you are in trouble.
Many health concerns have been helped by simply making sure that the body gets the minerals that it needs. So the trick is, how do you know what your body needs, and how do you get them in a form that the body can use?
The body can only use minerals that are in ionic form. Colloidal or chelated minerals can be broken down by the body to ionic form, but only a small portion gets used. It is much better to put minerals into the body that are already in ionic form.
Plants draw minerals from the earth and make them available to us in an ionic form that is readily available to the human body. They are the best sources for us to get our minerals from.
The more that we process the foods that we grow, the more vitamins and minerals are lost. Eat your plant foods fresh and raw when ever possible.
How do you know what minerals your body needs? You really don't. You can't micromanage minerals. Don't try. There are many macro and micro minerals. They all work together to help the human body function correctly. There are many supplements that you can buy for this mineral or that mineral. But how could you possibly know if you were balancing your minerals, or causing an imbalance?
If you only supplement the macro minerals (calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, etc.) you might be low on trace minerals. Trace minerals (or micro minerals) are minerals that your body needs in very small amounts, but they are still necessary for a healthy body.
The thing with trace minerals, as with many other things, is that you can get too much of some of them to the point that they would become a toxin in the body.
One quick example:
A little while ago there were news stories about arsenic in the water supply. Most everyone knows that arsenic is a poison that can kill you. What most people don't know is that arsenic is also a trace mineral that is necessary for human health. The news stories were all about the Democrats in Washington D.C. trying to give President Bush a hard time because he wouldn't push for lowering the regulation for the acceptable amount of arsenic in drinking water. The Democrats had made the erroneous assumption that there should be zero arsenic in the water. President Bush correctly stated that the science did not show that the level needed to be any lower than the current standard of 10 parts per billion.
You see, if you don't get any arsenic, you will actually get sick. You can have an arsenic deficiency. Some researches have recommended that water should have an arsenic level of at least 1 part per billion.
So, how do you get the right amounts of minerals and trace minerals?
Believe it or not, you will get the minerals and trace minerals you need by eating organic produce daily.
You can also get them by eating traditionally grown produce, but besides being lower in vitamin and mineral content than organic produce, there is also more danger of getting chemicals that you don't want.
I should mention that if you are currently having health problems, and you think that you are not getting the minerals that your body needs to function, your doctor can run tests to see if you are actually mineral deficient.
If you need to supplement, I suggest you go with a seawater based mineral supplement. Rain and erosion washes minerals to the sea. Seawater has a similar mineral content to the human blood stream, including all the trace minerals. Probably the best mineral supplements I have seen come from the inland sea called The Great Salt Lake, in Utah. They are made by "Trace Minerals Research" and can be bought through "Mineral Oasis".
The proper lifestyle as a whole is important. For instance, if you are trying to eat good food, exercising and drinking enough water, your body can flush out any excess minerals (and other junk) that you might get from food sources that might not be balanced.
As you round out your lifestyle with healthy actions and foods, your body will naturally balance all of its resources to keep you going strong.
Just eat a high quality natural foods diet, exercise, drink plenty of good clean water, make sure you get fiber (whole raw foods), get plenty of sleep, breathe deeply and have a gratitude attitude.
Your body will take care of you, if you take care of it.
Success in health comes from lifestyle described here.
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