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Minerals & Nutrition > Why We Need Mineral Supplements

Major Minerals And Trace Minerals
Minerals are grouped into two categories. Those that are considered to be required in our diets in amounts greater than 100 milligrams per day are called major minerals (calcium, chlorine, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and sulphur).

Those considered to be required in our diets in minute amounts (less than 100 milligrams/day) are called trace minerals. Each makes up less than 1/100th of one percent of our body weight. But that small amount is essential!

Agriculture Changes
During the period in which human biochemistry evolved, man had an extremely varied diet, selecting food from wherever it could be found in the wild. The soil the plants and fruits grew in contained a wide spectrum of minerals and nutrients.

When agriculture developed, we moved away from getting food growing in a variety of soils to food from just a few areas. However it was soon found that if you cropped the same land year after year, the soil became exhausted and crop quality and yield declined. Wind and rain erosion also began to take its toll.

The Best farms Used Be On River Flats
Quite often the rivers would flood, depositing a new batch of nutrients into the soil. Think of the Nile in Egypt.

The richest agricultural land in Australia is on alluvial river flats which used to flood regularly- eg the Northern Rivers of NSW. Even though the Snowy Mountains scheme has stopped the yearly floods that used to race down the river many years ago, the land at the the mouth of the Snowy at Orbost in Victoria is still some of the richest and most productive land in the country.

Now look at modern agriculture.
  1. Flood control has eliminated the regular natural replenishment of soil.
  2. Soil erosion is a major problem. We are losing rich mineral-containing topsoil (for every tonne of wheat grown, we lose many tonnes of topsoil). The 1992 Earth Summit estimates that Australian soil is 50% depleted. America is even worse, with 100% depletion in some cases.
  3. Farmers are paid on yield, not quality, so they have no incentive to add any more than the minimum needed (NPK).
  4. Over processing and refining of food reduces the few minerals that are present.
  5. Our modern lifestyle means many people don't even eat the government recommended amounts of fruit and veges. How many people do you know eat sufficient fruit and veges each day? According to Dr. Gladys Block, Professor of Public Health and Nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley, "Only 9% of the population eats the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily."
No Taste Means Probably No Minerals
For a simple confirmation of the effect of lack of minerals, look at the difference in taste between a home grown tomato and the mass produced variety. Even organically grown tomatoes don't taste as good if the soil they are grown in is mineral deficient.

Modern fertilisers add back enough nutrients to maximise the yield per acre - the NPK trio (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium). But the resulting crops don't resist disease or insects very well.

So pesticides are then used to keep up the yields which lead to even more problems.
A healthy plant, animal or human has a natural resistance to disease and is patterned by nature to resist invaders and heal itself.

The whole story begins to unfold as to why in the past decade the natural immune system is breaking down on a widespread basis (e.g. various forms of cancer are now the largest killers of people under 18).

Dr. William A. Albrecht, Chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri,  says:
"N P K formulas, as legislated and enforced by State Departments of Agriculture, mean malnutrition, attack by insects, bacteria and fungi, weed takeover, crop loss in dry weather, and general loss of mental acuity in the population, leading to degenerative metabolic disease and early death."

Read More on The Thesis of Body Mineral Balancing

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Minerals and Human Health
Why We Need Mineral Supplements
Mineral Nutrition of Coastal Cultures In Pre-Historic Times
Minerals And Chi
The Thesis of Body Mineral Balancing
Ionic Versus Colloidal Minerals
Doctors Mistakes
Minerals & Trace Minerals,
A Clarification of Definitions
Mineral Facts
Minerals from Sea Water
Individual Minerals A-Z



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