Could You Be Mineral Deficient?

Have you ever wondered why with all the medical knowledge we have in this age, why we still have so much sickness.

According to the research done by tribal cultures and indigenous people had very little sickness until they adopted a westernised diet. This is due to their mineral rich diets which comprised of eating foods in the natural form and not processed.

Most of the produce we consume today is lacking many of the minerals that they should have when grown in soil that is nutrient dense.Take for example, a tomato, which if bought in a conventional shop will typically contain only 12 minerals, however when it's grown in nutritious soil can absorb up to 56 minerals.

Over farming practices which are a direct result of pressure on farmers to produce, leave
the soil largely lacking in nutrients, and hence the food grown in it also. This is very common in all parts of the world.

What Problems May Occur?

In today's society many people aren't joining  the dots with deficiencies and illness. When we look at the root cause of many diseases they are either due to a mineral deficiency or toxins in our body. Lets take a look at some of the major illnesses faced by the modern world and the mineral deficiency linked to them.

Cancer and Heart Disease

Firstly two of the biggest killers are cancer and heart disease which according to some researchers are linked to deficiencies, with cancer being linked to a selenium deficiency as well as a deficiency in folate heart disease to magnesium and calcium deficiency.

If you take the time to look at the dramatic increase in cancer and heart disease over the past 50 years even, you will most likely be horrified.

It doesn't take a genius to realize that society has gone off track pretty badly and needs to get back to a more natural way of living.

Osteoporosis

Most people are aware that osteoporosis is caused by a lack of calcium and vitamin D, which in children causes rickets. People who are deficient in iodine can have numerous health problems from abnormal weight gain  to constipation and fatigue.

There are other common deficiency related conditions such as anemia being caused by a diet that doesn't have enough iron in it and scurvy caused by a lack of vitamin C. There has also in more recent years been a link between mental illnesses and mineral deficiencies, for example depression  has been associated with a lack of niacin (vitamin B12) a well as anorexia being associated with a diet lacking in potassium.

What Can Prevent Mineral Absorption?

Allowing our bodies to absorb as many minerals as possible is crucial if we want to be healthy and enable our bodies to work efficiently. Drinking caffeinated and carbonated drinks can diminish our bodies ability to absorb certain minerals and some doctors suggest that too much diary can prevent the absorption of iron. There has also been research which suggests a diet that has too much sugar can result in our bodies not absorbing minerals efficiently.

Another issue when it comes to our bodies absorbing minerals is phytic acid which is in grains and nuts when they haven't been soaked.  Phytic acid can have blocking effects on minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium. When this occurs over a long period of time the body goes into mineral starvation mode. When the body is starved of minerals this can result in an array of problems causing tooth decay, anemia and in children it may result in their bones not developing properly.

So How Can We Get the Minerals We Need?

There are practical ways we can help our bodies to get the minerals we need for optimum health, firstly we need to cut out the bad stuff which can inhibit mineral absorption such as caffeine and sugary drinks. If you can try to buy fruit and vegetables that are grown organically or bio-dynamically, or even better grow them yourself and be sure to re-mineralise your soil.

Also you can ensure you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals by adding nutrient dense foods to your diets such as chlorella powder and spirulina. If you choose to eat nuts be sure to soak them first or you can eat raw activated nuts which will help to reduce the phytic acid you are consuming. I f you are worried about having an iodine deficiency you may want to add in sea vegetables to your diet such as kelp noodles. Finally by adding  in superfoods to your diet you can ensure you are getting a diet that is rich in antioxidants and nutritious.

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