When you think about all the things that the human body does in a single day, then you realize that it is a wonderful feat of nature, and that it needs to be looked after, the way that nature intended. Feeding the body with the right nutrients ensures that it has all that it needs in order to function properly. There are essential nutrients which the body must have in the correct amounts, in order to function well. Some of these nutrients are involved in complex and sensitive functions, and they are called Minerals, or essential elements.
The Essential Minerals
The most important minerals are:
Calcium – This is required for strong teethe and bones. It is also required for the proper transmission of nerve impulses, and the functioning of muscles, which include the heart.
Potassium – This is required for the proper functioning of electric impulses in the heart. It is also important in maintaining the pH balance of the blood, and is used for metabolizing proteins and carbohydrates.
Sodium – This mineral plays an important part in maintaining the osmotic pressure of cells; this in turn enables the cells to assimilate amino acids, glucose, and chloride. It is also crucial in nervous impulse transmission. A word of caution; too much sodium can lead to the development of high blood pressure. One natural source is celery…try adding a couple of frozen bananas and a few celery stalks to a smoothie. It doesn’t taste great, but it is a great way to fuel-up before a big race.
Magnesium – This is crucial in maintaining nerve transmission, and muscular activity. It is used in over 300 biochemical functions in the body. It boosts the immunity if the body and also helps in building strong bones.
Phosphorous – This is important in the building of strong teeth and bones, and also in the synthesis of proteins that the body needs for cell repair.
Chloride – This is essential in producing digestive juices in the stomach, and also balances fluids in the body.
Trace Minerals – These are the elements that are required in very small amounts. These include Iron, which is vital in the formation of hemoglobin count, which delivers oxygen in the red blood cells to the tissues, muscles, bones, nerves and so forth. Chromium is used to enhance the functioning of insulin to regulate sugars in the bloodstream. Naturally occurring Fluoride is essential for strong teeth and bones. Iodine is very important in the production of thyroid hormones. Others include copper, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, among many others.
Does the human body get enough from dietary sources alone?
This is a hugely debatable issue. Whether minerals are depleted from the soils to the extent that none are found in the food that people eat, is a hugely controversial question. Agrichemical companies insists that with the proper use of fertilizers, there will be enough minerals in the ground to meet the needs of the human body. Those who love organic food, argue that these chemicals help in leaching the soil of essential minerals. If you feel like you are not getting enough, then you might need to get supplements containing these elements. There are supplements which contain all the minerals that you need. And these should ensure that you do not run the risk of getting any illness associated with low levels of any of these nutrients.
Dr. Hamilton D.C., a licensed chiropractor from Aurora, Colorado, has extensive knowledge of the dietary recommendations for patients who are undergoing chiropractic treatment. You can visit him at his clinic on the eastside of the Denver Metro in Aurora, where he serves patients from Parker, Centennial, Commerce City Aurora, and Denver. Call to schedule a consultation today! (303) 766-257 Until next time, keep fit, and keep your diet healthy!