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Natural Weight Loss
Every living cell on this planet depends on minerals for proper function and structure.
Minerals are needed for body fluids, the formation of blood and bone, maintenance of healthy nerve function, and regulation of muscle tone, including the muscles of your cardiovascular system.
Like vitamins, minerals work as coenzymes, allowing your body perform its functions, including energy production, growth, and healing.
Because all enzyme activities involve minerals, minerals are necessary for the use of vitamins and other nutrients.
The human body needs to keep the correct chemical balance.
This balance depends on the levels of different minerals in your body.
The level of each mineral in your body has an effect on every other one, so if one’s out of balance, all mineral levels are affected.
If not corrected, this can start a chain reaction of imbalances leading to illness.
Minerals are naturally occurring elements found in the earth.
Rock formations are made up of mineral salts.
Rock and stone are gradually broken down into tiny fragments by erosion.
The resulting dust and sand accumulate, forming the basis of soil.
The soil is full of microbes that use these tiny crystals of mineral salts, which are then passed from the soil to plants.
Herbivorous animals eat the plants.
We get these minerals by eating plants or herbivorous animals.
Nutritionally, minerals belong to two groups: Bulk minerals and trace minerals.
Bulk minerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.
These are needed in larger amounts than trace minerals.
Although only very small amounts of trace minerals are needed, they’re very important for good health.
Trace minerals include boron, chromium, copper, germanium, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, silicon, sulfur, vanadium, and zinc.
Because minerals are stored primarily in your body’s bone and muscle tissue, it’s possible to become toxic if extremely large quantities are consumed.
Such situations are rare, however, because you would need to eat massive amounts for a prolonged period of time.
What’s on the Shelves
As with vitamins, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to get the amounts of minerals needed through diet alone.
Mineral supplements can help you get all the minerals your body needs.
Minerals are often found in multivitamin formulas.
Minerals also are sold as single supplements.
They are available in tablet, capsule, powder, and liquid forms.
Some are available in chelated form, which means the minerals are attached to protein molecules to carry them to your bloodstream.
When mineral supplements are taken with a meal, they’re usually automatically chelated in your stomach.
There’s some controversy over which mineral supplements are best, but we prefer chelated forms.
Once a mineral is absorbed, it needs to be carried by your blood to your cells and then carried across your cell membranes in a form that can be used by your cells.
After minerals enter your body, they compete with one another for absorption.
For example, too much zinc can rob your body of copper; too much calcium can affect magnesium absorption (and vice versa).
Consequently, supplemental minerals should always be taken in balanced amounts.
Otherwise, they won’t be effective and may even be harmful.
The absorption of minerals can also be affected by the use of fiber supplements.
Fiber decreases your body’s absorption of minerals.
Therefore, supplemental fiber and minerals should be taken at different times.
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