Minerals are vitally important for optimal health in the human body. Therefore, I want to talk to you about the connection between minerals (specifically alkaline minerals) and the pH of the human body. But first, I want to give you a brief explanation of the pH scale in case you are unfamiliar or simply need a little reminder.
pH stands for power of Hydrogen and it measures the hydrogen ion concentration in your body. A pH level of 7.0 is considered neutral while a pH level below 7.0 is acidic and a pH above 7.0 is alkaline. Therefore, the pH scale can help us to understand how either alkaline or acidic our body is.
Not only are our bodies (and our blood) either acidic or alkaline, but the foods we eat are as well! When food is digested and processed in our digestive system, it leaves either an alkaline-forming residue or an acid-forming residue.
In order for life to exist within the human body, the pH of the blood must remain at 7.4! The pH of the blood cannot deviate.
You guessed it; because 7.4 is alkaline this means we must eat a larger quantity of alkaline-forming foods and a smaller quantity of acid-forming foods. Experts believe that 80% of the foods found in nature are alkaline-forming, while the other 20% are acidic-forming. Therefore, we should eat according to this ratio.
So, what happens when we consume too many acid-forming foods and drinks and the pH of our blood is threatened?
When our bodies become too acidic and the pH of our blood is threatened (remember, it cannot deviate from 7.4), the body leaches alkaline minerals from its reserves to compensate for the over-acidity of the body.
These alkaline minerals are: magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and iron.
For example, when the blood is too acidic and life is threatened, the body comes to the rescue by pulling the mineral calcium from the bones. This ultimately leads to calcium loss and a breakdown of the body’s bones. The same is true for the other four alkaline minerals: the body uses up these minerals to fight against acidity and, therefore, they are not available to be used for their primary purpose.
The five alkaline minerals are vitally important for optimal health for a number of reasons. Each of them can be beneficial in keeping the body more alkaline and four of them (magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium) are also macro-minerals, meaning they are needed in large quantities in the body.
To learn whether your blood is acid or alkaline, call today to sign up for a live blood cell screening.
Whether or not you are too acidic is just one weakness that can be seen at the cellular level! In addition, I will help you identify other weaknesses and imbalances at the cellular level and we will work together to improve these weaknesses.
You may have heard that taking a multivitamin is a waste of money because the body cannot absorb the vitamins, and therefore, “you are only paying for expensive urine.” As funny as this may sound, there is much truth found in this way of thinking! A multivitamin, or a vitamin in general, cannot be used in the body without minerals.
What this means is that when the body is deficient in minerals, vitamins do not have the tools they need to complete their job, so they become useless. Without minerals, vitamins have no function! The body can use minerals without vitamins, but it cannot use vitamins without minerals.
This is one reason why you may be “paying for expensive urine” if you are taking vitamins. Without the necessary minerals in your body, vitamins are simply flushed out through the kidneys. Again, they have no use!
We know that minerals come from plants, which get minerals from the soil! The extremely unfortunate part is that our soil is becoming more and more depleted of necessary minerals; on average, fruits and vegetables have 12 of the 70 necessary minerals! There are very few supplements I suggest that EVERYONE take; however, a mineral supplement is one of them.
If this information makes you question whether you are mineral deficient, I am pleased to say that a live blood cell screening will reveal such a deficiency. I encourage you to make an appointment to learn about the nutrients your body is starving for at the cellular level and what you can do to replenish these essential nutrients.
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Today I want to answer two important questions about minerals: What are minerals? And where do they come from?
What Are Minerals?
Minerals are inorganic compounds that cannot be manufactured by the human body: they must come from food or supplements or both. There are two categories of minerals: macro-minerals and trace minerals.
Macro-minerals are minerals that your body needs in large quantities. Examples of these include: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulfur.
Trace minerals are minerals that your body needs in smaller amounts. Some examples include zinc, manganese, copper, iodine and chromium.
Where Do Minerals Come From?
While the human body is capable of producing some of the nutrients it needs, such as a host of amino acids and Vitamin D, the human body cannot produce minerals. Minerals can only come from plants, which derive their minerals from soil. When our soil is rich in minerals, so is our food. Likewise, when our soil is depleted of minerals, our food supply will be depleted as well.
The problem we face today is found in the depletion of our soil, and thus, the quality of our food supply. In the words of Dr. David S. Dryer: “Our soils are becoming more and more depleted of necessary minerals. Many fruits and vegetables now have less than 12 minerals out of the 70 plus minerals that humans need for proper functioning – and which were present in our foods only one hundred years ago.”
A study titled “Nutrition Under Siege” examined data published by the USDA ARS (Agricultural Research Service) Nutrient Data Laboratory and, upon comparison of the data, concluded “a sharp decline in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients in many foods since the last comprehensive study published over twenty years ago.” This decline in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients was attributed to “a steady deterioration in soil, air and water quality.”
We need, in proper quantities and proportions, over 70 minerals for peak performance of every cell in the body. Many of us are not getting the minerals we need from our diet, and without a mineral supplement, we tend to be deficient!
Schedule an appointment with Cell Harmony TODAY to learn how you can get more minerals into your body!
However, there is another equally important reason that Vitamin B12 deficiency is linked to fatigue and can only be understood at the cellular level. Let me explain…
There is a specific cell form that is associated with Vitamin B12 deficiency, known as anisocytosis. Anisocytosis is a condition where a person’s red blood cells are of unequal size; some of the red blood cells are abnormally small and some of the red blood cells are abnormally large.
Our red blood cells are designed to be of perfect size so that when they pass through the capillary beds, they simply “squeeze” through. It is this squeezing effect that allows an exchange of oxygen, nutrients and hormones.
However, when our red blood cells are smaller than normal, this squeezing effect does not occur. Instead, they simply slip through without exchanging oxygen and nutrients, as they should.
When our red blood cells are larger than normal, they have to “fold” to pass through. This folding reduces some of their contact with the capillary wall, and again, hinders the transfer of oxygen.
As you can see, the issue of Vitamin B12 deficiency leading to fatigue is two-fold. First, when a person is deficient in Vitamin B12, their red blood cells are incapable of carrying the proper amount of oxygen due to low levels of hemoglobin.
But the issue doesn’t end there. In addition, their red blood cells may be of unequal size (anisocytosis), hindering the cell’s ability to exchange oxygen in the capillary beds (where the exchange should happen).
Oxygen is needed by every cell in our body to live and function properly. Without oxygen our cells cannot function properly and they can even die prematurely. Therefore, it is the low levels of oxygen in the blood that ultimately lead to fatigue. Low oxygen levels can lead to other health conditions, too, such as dizziness, headache and shortness of breath.
If you (or someone you know) suffer from chronic fatigue, you could be deficient in Vitamin B12. Call today to schedule a live blood cell screening to determine if your blood shows a Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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