You have always known how important it is to take your daily vitamins – but did your mother ever insist on minerals?
Minerals are just as vital – possibly more so because, without them vitamins are virtually useless. In fact it has been established that the human body requires a daily intake of 60 different minerals in order to repair and renew itself.
Without minerals there can be no long, healthy and active life.
But nobody who eats a normal died is getting their full complement of these life-giving nutrients. This may sound shocking but it’s a fact. The food we eat – whether it is meat, vegetable, organic or not, all comes from farmland which has been in use for hundreds of years – and every year at harvest time more minerals have been removed.
Land that once contained scores of different nutrients can now provide no more than ten or twelve – and if the minerals are not in the soil and not in the food, then they are not in you.
Over-farming, modern fertilizers, acid rain, air pollution – there are plenty of reasons. But the result is the same: Surveys show that when we eat our fruit and veg today, whether a parsnip, leek, broccoli or indeed anything produced commercially, we are only getting 10 – 12 minerals.
Sizzling Minerals contain not just the 60 minerals our body needs, but an extra 15 for good measure: 75 minerals in an effervescent tablet that you drop in a pint of water and sip during the day – or as I do, half a tablet in the morning in half a pint of water, and the other half last thing at night before bed. Not only does this enable the minerals to get into your body as you sleep, but it also ensures you drink enough water – a good thing in its own right.
Some people ask me whether they can take this with their regular medication. This is not a medicine. There is nothing in it that you should not find on your dinner plate. Sizzling Minerals are 100% natural and come from the Pristine Mountains in Utah where for a thousand years the Native Americans knew the spring water had healing properties. There was a reason for that: During the ice age, when the forests were compressed and turned into coal, this vegetation was shielded by a limestone shelf and remained in it vegetative state.
Now Simply Naturals extracts this vegetate and, using purified water, brings these 75 natural minerals to you by post.
You may say that you can buy cheaper minerals from the Health Food shop or online. But here we are talking about metallic minerals made from rock, clay, seashells, river beds and the like. Our bodies are not designed to digest rocks and clay and so we can only absorb less than 20% of these supplements. Even the expensive “plant-based” variety will contain at most 21 different minerals out of the 60 you need every day.
Only with Sizzling minerals do you get all the minerals you need in a great-tasting effervescent drink – and at an affordable price.
Here is a good report about mineral depletion,
Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?
Because of soil depletion, crops grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today
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Dear EarthTalk: What’s the nutritional difference between the carrot I ate in 1970 and one I eat today? I’ve heard that that there’s very little nutrition left. Is that true?—Esther G., Newark, N.J.
It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it—especially compared to some of the other less healthy foods you likely also eat—but it is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties most of us get today. The main culprit in this disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion: Modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows. Sadly, each successive generation of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is truly less good for you than the one before.
A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition.
“Efforts to breed new varieties of crops that provide greater yield, pest resistance and climate adaptability have allowed crops to grow bigger and more rapidly,” reported Davis, “but their ability to manufacture or uptake nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth.” There have likely been declines in other nutrients, too, he said, such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins B-6 and E, but they were not studied in 1950 and more research is needed to find out how much less we are getting of these key vitamins and minerals.
The Organic Consumers Association cites several other studies with similar findings: A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
What can be done? The key to healthier produce is healthier soil. Alternating fields between growing seasons to give land time to restore would be one important step. Also, foregoing pesticides and fertilizers in favor of organic growing methods is good for the soil, the produce and its consumers. Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should buy regularly from local organic farmers.
UT’s Davis warns that just because fruits and vegetables aren’t as healthy as they used to be doesn’t mean we should avoid them. “Vegetables are extraordinarily rich in nutrients and beneficial phytochemicals,” he reported. “They are still there, and vegetables and fruits are our best sources for these.”
When thinking about your health, and taking supplements, do not forget about your minerals, they are so important, yet not talked about their importance like vitamins are.
Also when buying your supplements, look for plant derived ones, not metallic that your body struggles to absorb, this is so important. Check out http://www.lovelyminerals.com for testimonials from people that have had amazing results with Sizzling Minerals when nothing else has worked. And don’t forget to download your Free book on why you should be taking your minerals from the box at the top of the page.