Minerals: The Foundation of Function

Minerals: The Foundation of Function

The foundation of all life is minerals. Minerals provide a rich substance for the life of plants, which then give us, humans, as well as animals, insects, and most life forms, life. When the body is “returned to the dust” what remains are different forms of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and silica. But all minerals have intrinsic value in the health of our bodies and our minds.

Minerals help initiate many actions in the body, from nerve propagation to heart rhythm, to tissue fluid balance. We need minerals, such as calcium for healthy connective tissue, skin, and joints, as well as bones and teeth. That means, if you are deficient, those tissues could be predisposed to untimely breakdown, slow healing, or inflammation.

Most people feel they get adequate calcium and other minerals in their diet. Many forms of calcium either in the diet or in supplement form are very difficult for the body to break down. If there is a digestive challenge, it is even more difficult. If it is an unusable form, you may be subject to calcium excess challenges, such as bone spurs, arthritis, kidney or gallstones and other problems. Quality calcium (and other minerals) is critical in order for the body to utilize it properly.

Potassium, as another example, is needed for healthy mucous membranes. Mucous membranes are involved with absorption and secretion. They include nostrils, lips, mouth, ears, eyelids, genital area, and others. Potassium is also needed for healthy metabolism, nervous system functioning, and muscle contraction. Potassium and calcium are critical for healthy heart function.

Magnesium is important for the muscles, especially in relaxation, in bone and is important for many metabolic functions. Iodine is needed for thyroid health and other metabolic hormones. Even sodium (in natural form) is needed for metabolism, purification, normal function of muscles and nerves and healthy blood pressure.

Minerals are also critical to the functioning of every organ that secretes a hormone – all members of the Endocrine System. For example, you need iodine for the thyroid, chromium for the pancreas, sodium, and copper for the adrenals, manganese for the pituitary and zinc for the ovaries and gonads. There are many more minerals needed by the body for hundreds of other functions. The point of all this is that if you want your organs, tissues, and various functions to behave properly, you have to give them the fuel that they need – Minerals! Of course, you also need good vitamins, good fats, good proteins, good carbs, water, etc. to help them along!

Your body only works as well as the foundational building blocks provided. Make sure your diet is rich in a variety of minerals by making sure you get them in a food supplement form which contains the whole gamut of minerals, and not just a few!