Because bones are heavy, you’d think that maybe 25% of the body’s weight would be minerals. But really, minerals only account for about 4% of our body weight. That’s because most of the body weight is comprised of water and organic compounds made out of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and other “flammable” elements.
All of the minerals have two main functions—building and regulating. In this issue we are going to focus only on the “macro-minerals”, those we need the most of. These are considered to be calcium, phosphorus, sodium and chloride, potassium, magnesium and sulfur. If you find this list differing from others, it illustrates the continuing debate over classification opinions. (This list came from the FDA Consumer, September 1974.)
We’ll cover most of them now:
Your 2-3 pounds of calcium resides mostly in the bones and teeth. It also
is important for healthy nerve impulses, and is a natural tranquilizer. It helps
prevent cadmium and lead poisoning, as well as absorbing strontium 90, a
radioactive material from nuclear explosions. It is needed for a strong
immune system, helps the body lower cholesterol and aids in preventing
colon cancer. It is also one of the elements needed to lower blood pressure.
Calcium and phosphorus work together, but deficiencies in phosphorus
are uncommon. However, chronic use of antacids can result in a deficiency
or else kidney problems. (In some cases the kidneys can retain too much
phosphorus, as well as magnesium, and then either can cause a loss of
Don’t get phosphorus mixed up with potassium. You could think of
phosphorus as a grenade exploding body energy whereas potassium is a “pot” in the liver helping to balance the body, prevent constipation, relieve
pain, and keep tissues elastic.
Here is another metal, but in a pure state it will explode upon contact with
a liquid. When combined with chlorine it forms salt. Although salt is highly
condemned because it tends to raise blood pressure and hold too much water
in the body, it is absolutely necessary for life to continue. Some people who
are suffering from chronic fatigue have recovered after increasing their
sodium intake, which the adrenals require to function properly.
Along with potassium, here is a mineral that is important in preventing
heart attacks. Magnesium not only manages calcium, it helps manage nerve
communications everywhere in the body. Through stress, or over cooking,
we can lose great quantities of this mineral. Most of the U.S. population is
woefully short of magnesium. Taking a chelated Magnesium supplement
with an herb base of licorice, kelp, peppermint and white willow bark can
make a noticeable difference, sometimes in a few minutes (if you are
experiencing muscle cramps). For twitching muscles, it may take longer
(include B vitamins). And as for your tough, decay-resistant tooth enamel,
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