'You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency' said the late, two times Noble Prize winner, Dr Linus Pauling. Yet we continue to ignore these findings in our quest for a healthy lifestyle.
Since the early 1950's there has been a serious decline in minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium as well as other trace elements, being found in fruits and vegetables. This has been accredited to poor land use management.
We now buy fruits such as strawberries which are large and look good in the shops but are tasteless, and tomatoes which have been modified to such and extent that they grow fast, last longer in the shops but have very little nutrient value.
Often they are picked green in order to transport them to market.
If we are constantly devoid of the right balance of natural minerals it is little wonder that disease is rife in our society.
The most important minerals that we need are calcium and magnesium along with iron and potassium. Other trace elements needed at phosphorus, sodium chloride, sulphur, zinc, copper, manganese and a host of minor trace elements.
There are a number of ways you can improve your mineral intake, the best is to eat good quality vegetables, meat and fish products.
I love going to the farmers markets or buying from the farm gates along the country roads.
Another way to get your fresh fruit and vegetables is to find a local green grocer (fruit and vegetable store), who buys most of their produce from local specialist farmers. This ensures that the produce gets the opportunity to ripen naturally.
If you have trouble getting fresh natural products locally there are thousands of mineral supplements commercially available. Be careful with your selection as some supplements have fillers added to bulk the size up and could take time to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Mineral deficiency is a major problem that can be overcome by reversing the way we tend to buy convenience foods. Get rid of the 'I don't have time' syndrome and concentrate on making ourselves healthy.
Return from mineral deficiency to mens health