Along with being a major structural component of our bones, teeth, skin, hair & nails, minerals play an important role in many metabolic functions in the body – essential for the functioning of enzymes, fluid balance, energy production and more.
My first choice for nutrition is always from the foods we eat. No pill or tincture can replace the vitality of vegetables and natural, unprocessed foods. I am convinced that the myriad of nutritional components, not yet isolated or named by scientists, still provide untold benefits. Equally important is not consuming negative nutrition foods: the stripped-down, processed foods that actually leave a deficit of nutrients in our bodies. That being said, there are situations where we may feel that our food sources are not able to provide the full amount of nutrition for optimal health, and this is where carefully chosen, high-quality supplements can be helpful.
Another factor to consider is that many of our foods are said to not contain the same levels of nutrition as they once did. The reasons for this are not entirely understood, but it is generally known that in the last several decades, levels of vitamins and minerals in our produce and meats have dropped significantly. This is yet another reason for me to choose organic over conventional (more on that later), as the soils are richer in nutrients from the lack of chemicals and natural farming methods.
My recent discovery involves trace minerals, the micro-minerals we need in very small (trace) amounts. These minerals are stripped from our water supply when we go through the trouble of purifying our drinking water. Like antibiotics, the process of reverse osmosis filters the water of both good and bad components. Along with chlorine and most of the fluoride (which I’m happy to do without), I’m told that 90% or more of the minerals are removed. I have been drinking reverse osmosis for years, and do so primarily because of the purity of the water, as well as the superior taste.
Although we do take in most of our minerals from foods, the quality of our drinking water is, or should be, an important consideration. My solution to ensure that I’m not short-changing my bones & teeth, and all the other important functions in which minerals play a role, is to continue to filter with reverse osmosis, then add the liquid concentrated drops of trace minerals from Trace Mineral Research. Our Paradise Foods locations now carry the liquid drops, which are easy to add to your drinking water (I have started with 20 drops / gallon –that’s just 1 ¼ drops per cup). This is a new regime for me, so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.