Mineral deficiency in today’s world

Today, in an era of industrial chemically-based agriculture, most of us do not get the minerals we require for good health.

Minerals

An official report of the Rio Earth Summit a few years ago concluded that over the last 100 years average mineral levels in agricultural soils had fallen worldwide—by 72 percent in Europe, 76 percent in Asia and 85 percent in North America.

There are many factors to blame for this depletion—primarily artificial chemical fertilizers. It is now known that plants once absorbed 70 to 80 different minerals from soil that contained bacteria, fungi, plant and animal life in a state of constant interaction and balance.

Each of those organisms need dozens of different minerals to survive and perform its role in the ecosystem.

Artificial fertilizers used for industrial farming are NPK fertilizers (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium). These deficient chemical fertilizers gradually change the soil pH towards acidic conditions in which these bacteria cannot survive.

To combat soil acidification farmers lay lime on the land, adding back calcium and magnesium to raise the soil pH, but it also converts manganese and some other essential minerals into chemical forms that plants are unable to absorb.

Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides also reduce the uptake of trace minerals by plants, and many chemical medications taken by humans interfere with the absorption of nutrients as well.

Every crop and every animal sent to market marks a further depletion in the mineral status of the soil and thus a depletion of mineral intake by the humans and other living creatures that consume them, rendering our bodies both unable to detoxify foreign substances adequately, or to absorb essential nutrients.

This devastation of the soil and the quality of the food grown and raised on it is rarely mentioned—for obvious commercial reasons.  But the importance of those numerous missing minerals cannot be overestimated (which is why we write about them every month or two).

Consider our continuing and increasing susceptibility to diseases—heart disease (magnesium), cancer (selenium), diabetes (chromium) and mental illness (zinc). Zinc is one of the most commonly deficient minerals and the most critical for mental health.

There has never been a more important time in history for each of us to do our own research on minerals and other vital nutrients and discuss nutrition with your health practitioner—even question and challenge him or her if all they can offer is a prescription.

Buy organic food when possible, or grow what you are able yourself.

And check out high quality supplements that are easily absorbed by the body. This is important because many supplements are manufactured with synthetic ingredients and are a waste of money.

And finally, keep in mind the words of two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling–-You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.

Source: www.purenewyou.com

 

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