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The importance of minerals

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in our body. If you are feeling tired, have low energy, have had more colds or infections than normal, you may have a deficiency in magnesium. The average American diet creates a relative acidic chemistry. Excess acids can also cause free radicals. Magnesium helps buffer excess acid as it is a key alkalizing mineral. Without the proper amount of magnesium, this lowered energy state can cause the nervous system to be compromised which means muscles cannot fire properly and spasms can occur anywhere in the body but especially in the heart and vascular tissue. Magnesium acts as an antioxidant inside the cell and protects DNA and intracellular proteins. Magnesium is a direct chelator for the heavy metal lead and indirectly protects us from aluminum and fluoride. Did you know that with osteoporosis, bone loss is accelerated with magnesium deficiency? The National Institute of Health recommends 1500 mg of calcium per day to prevent osteoporosis and 300 mg of magnesium. But more is better…500mg for females and 1000mg for males.

 

Balancing the three minerals: Sodium, Magnesium and Potassium

 

The correct balance is important to your health. A medical doctor, Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., who is a believer in holistic health, points out the importance of eating a banana. With the increase of salt in the American diet’s processed food together with the decrease in eating vegetables and fruit and other whole foods ( which are loaded with magnesium and potassium), we are on the verge of a health crisis. By including in your diet a V-8, tomato juice, a banana, a potato, a tomato or half an avocado you can have health benefits that will help

  • A decrease in muscle pain and cramping

  • Improved heat function

  • Decreased abnormal heart rhythms

  • Balanced blood pressure

  • More energy and vitality

 

If the medical community would focus more on eating whole, nutritious foods and less on drugs I believe we would be a lot healthier.

 

Iodine

 

Iodine deficiencies are causing many health problems. In 1811 Dr. William Prout discovered that iodine would treat goiter.    Dr. David Brownstein has written about iodine in his book, "“Iodine – why you need it”." For all the people that have been told their blood work shows normal ranges of thyroid hormones and are still feeling exhausted, please read this book. It will answer a lot of questions about the benefits of iodine and the effect on your body.