Minerals are inorganic compounds- meaning that they do not contain carbon. They originate in the earth- in our soils, and cannot be made by living organisms. Plants take up minerals from the soil they grow in – which is how we obtain most of the minerals in our diet – from the plants we eat or indirectly from animal sources.
The mineral content of soil varies geographically- for example New Zealand and Tasmanian soils are low in Iodine, Australian soils are deficient in Selenium.
Traditional non organic, large scale farming of our soil uses massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides to keep crops free of bugs and disease- its this large scale farming which depletes soil of its minerals- leaving it hard and dry, and in some cases, unable to be ploughed again for next season, let alone grow a crop that will absorb what little minerals remain. If there is no mineral content left in the soil- obviously our plants are unable to take up the minerals, in turn we humans folk are unable to obtain those minerals from the plant, fruit and veg that we eat.
Unlike Vitamins…Minerals do not supply energy, they act as co factors to enzymes- that is, they are the catalysts, the things essentially required by the body for correct and efficient function- minerals make up the structure of the body- literally the structure of our bones, they regulate every single cell membrane within our body, maintaining correct acid / alkaline balance and so much more.
All minerals are toxic to our body in large amounts and must be taken under the supervision of a registered practitioner. Toxic minerals- collectively known as heavy metals can build up in the body and interfere with physiological function. Aluminum, lead, cadmium and mercury are examples of these.
Given the ability of heavy metals to poison our body- you would think they be scarce to find – this is not so. Aluminum for example is a major ingredient in most regular antiperspirants. Most people spray Aluminum filled antiperspirants straight into their arm pits every day for a life time. Why is this so significant? Well those wofty pits of ours, house lymph nodes. Lymph nodes act as filters or traps for foreign particles- including heavy metals, and are important in the proper functioning of the immune system. They are packed tightly with the white blood cells called lymphocytes and macrophages. When you are spraying Aluminum straight into the pores of your arm pits- you are spraying that heavy metal straight into your Lymph Nodes! The Aluminum builds up over time to toxic levels- oh and as a side note, apart from Lymphatic cancers, Aluminum can induce Alzheimer’s. INDUCE Alzheimer’s my friends- please do not disregard the facts. Just because you find products in our every day life- in “super” markets or on the television, does NOT meant that they are there for good health or for the sake of baby fresh pits! This planet is about a few things- and one of those is making money at unbelievable cost to quite often the health and longevity of the human race. Its not just anti-antiperspirants, were you will find Aluminum- Aluminum is everywhere, in pots and pans (you can be aluminum free), your your soft-drink and beverage cans and in the commonly and often over used reflux and heartburn medications of antacids.
Due to soil depletion, one mineral we are often deficient in is Selenium. Selenium is grossly deficient in most of our population.
Symptoms of Selenium Deficiency
This is extremely common today. I will call this syndrome or tendency selenium deficiency disease, as it is so common.
Those who are deficient in selenium and silicon tend to be irritable, anxious, rather hopeless, depressed, negative and not pleasant to be around. They all have low thyroid function, even if the serum thyroid hormone levels seem normal. Physical symptoms also often include impaired hair and nail growth, fatigue that can be severe, nervous sensitivity and irritability, a tendency for infections and cancer, an impaired immune response in general, weak adrenal activity, and other symptoms as well that are secondary and related to these such as hypoglycemia, allergies, asthma, low or high blood pressure, arterial disease and others.