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The Might Army of Minerals

By Thelma Ledford

Good Eats LedfordMinerals (inorganic atoms or molecules) are extremely critical to the health of the body. They cannot lose their identity; they exist “forever.” They are classified as major minerals and trace minerals. Every living cell on this planet depends upon minerals for proper function and structure. They are needed for the proper composition of body fluids, the formation of blood and bone, for the maintenance of healthy nerves and for muscle tone, (the heart is a muscle). Minerals are essential for proper utilization of “vitamins” and other nutrients. The seven “major” minerals are: Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, and sulfur. The nine “trace” minerals are: Iron, iodine, zinc, chromium, selenium, fluoride, molybdenum, copper, and manganese.
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Its major function is to act in cooperation with phosphorus to build and maintain bones and teeth. Did you know that calcium helps protect people from lead poisoning? In addition, calcium assists in the process of blood clotting and helps prevent the accumulation of too much acid or too much alkali in the blood. Acidosis (over acid) or Alkalosis (over alkaline) are both dangerous. The body will even rob the bones when there is not enough available calcium in the blood; it is trying to “save” your life!
Why do people run for calcium carbonate when they have indigestion, or heartburn? Why does it work? I can use this one particular chewable calcium supplement and it will stop heartburn.  For years I had indigestion, or heartburn, with everything I ate, but rarely now. Amazing as it may seem I discovered the root problem was not enough acid. Can’t be so you say! The same symptoms for too much acid and not enough acid are the same. I tried it on myself and found it was true.  Others tried it and got the same results. In fact, antacid preparations are harmful.
Magnesium is an important calcium partner in cardiovascular health. It assists in the calcium and potassium uptake, and it is especially critical to the health of the body—a deficiency is at the root of many heart problems. Calcium and magnesium in proper balance will calm the nerves of a person. It works like a sedative. I take calcium magnesium at bedtime to sleep well. Of course, there are other problems related to sleep, especially during menopause.
Phosphorus is another important mineral. A deficiency is rare because it is found in most foods. However, excessive amounts of phosphorus interfere with calcium uptake. A diet that consists of junk food is a common culprit, namely, carbonated drinks. Imagine what happens when people replace fluids with sodas, etc.?
Potassium is important for a healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm. It helps to prevent strokes, aids in proper muscle contractions, and works with sodium to control the body’s water balance. It is extremely important within the cells to aid and maintain stable blood pressure and the transmitting of electrochemical impulses. Even as acid/alkaline (pH) must be balanced, so also must sodium/potassium and calcium/magnesium.
Having said all this, we all must be made aware that most people lack minerals because of the agricultural practices of our day. The soil seems to have plenty of minerals, but they do not get into the plants we eat because of the use of chemical fertilizers, and we wonder why our generation is suffering from all these diseases. Sodium is essential for water, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction. Chloride can move freely across membranes working with potassium to balance the pH of the blood, aids in digestion to maintain the strong acidity of the stomach, and is never lacking in the diet. Sulfur, present in all proteins, and plays a role in shaping protein molecules. We are now finding that people are not getting enough, probably because we are not eating enough vegetables
We are using MSN, organic sulfur, to prevent pain in our joints. Have you had your minerals today? If even one nutrient is missing—deficiency symptoms will show up. God did not make “junk” when he created man, we do the damage to ourselves. The enemy—He is us!  (Pogo)
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