MINERALS: THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD HEALTH

Ever feel a little rocky?


It’s not surprising—you have enough different minerals in your body to keep a geologist busy for days!
You need the essential minerals every bit as much as you need vitamins. In fact, without the minerals, your vitamins can’t do their job, and vice versa. And like vitamins, some minerals
have important roles in helping you prevent and treat health problems. All the minerals in your body add up to a market value of just a few dollars. But when it comes to your good health, they’re worth more than their weight in gold.

Calcium: Drink Your Milk!

Close your eyes and think back to your childhood. You can probably still hear your mother saying, “Drink your milk! It’s good for you.” You might even find yourself saying the same thing to your own kids today. Well, your mom was right—and so are you. Milk is the best food source of calcium, and kids need plenty of calcium to build strong bones.

Close your eyes and think back again, this time to your teen years. You can probably still hear yourself saying to your mother, “Aw, Mom, milk’s kid’s drink.” Your mom was right—and you were wrong. Milk—or more precisely, the calcium in milk—isn’t just for kids. You need calcium all through your life to keep your bones strong.

Why You Need Calcium?
Calcium is by far the most abundant mineral in your body. It makes up about 2 percent of your total body weight, or between 2 and 3 pounds if you’re an average adult. Most of your calcium—98 percent of it—is in your bones. Another 1 percent is in your teeth, and the last 1 percent circulates in your blood. Small as the amount of calcium in your blood is, it’s very important—so important that your body will pull calcium from your bones to make sure there’s enough in your blood. Among other things, calcium helps regulate your heartbeat, control your blood pressure, clot your blood, contract your muscles, and send messages along your nerves. Calcium is needed to make many different hormones and enzymes, especially the ones that control your digestion and how you make energy and use fats. It also helps build your connective tissue and may help prevent high blood pressure and colon cancer.

Magnesium: Magnificent for Your Heart

If sometimes you feel like a nut, go for it! Nuts are high in magnesium, and this magnificent mineral helps maintain your maximum health. Magnesium makes your muscles relax—and that plays a big role in keeping your heartbeat healthy and holding down your blood pressure.
Today many doctors have realized that magnesium makes a big difference for some patients. Magnesium is getting to be a mainstream medication for people with migraines, asthma, and diabetes. Getting enough magnesium helps these people control their medical problems. Magnesium has one other major mission: Working with calcium, it helps keep your bones strong throughout your life.

Why You Need Magnesium?
Every single cell in your body needs magnesium to produce energy. You also need magnesium to make more than 300 different enzymes, to send messages along your nerves, to make your muscles relax, to maintain strong bones and teeth, help your heart beat, and to keep your blood pressure at normal levels. Magnesium seems to help some health problems, such as asthma and diabetes, and can be very valuable for treating heart rhythm problems.

You also need magnesium to use other vitamins and minerals properly. Vitamin C and calcium both work better, for example, when there’s plenty of magnesium around.To do all that, you need a fair amount of magnesium. In fact, your body contains about 25 grams of magnesium. Most of it’s in your bones and teeth, but you also have a lot in your muscles and blood. The amount in your blood is very important for keeping your body’s functions in balance. Just as you need calcium to make your muscles contract—when your heart beats, for example—you need magnesium to make them relax again. That’s why the levels of calcium and magnesium in your blood have to be steady and why you need to be sure you’re getting enough of both. If you don’t have enough of them, your body will pull these minerals from your bones and put them into your blood—which can lead to weakened bones.

Zinc: Immune System Booster.

Look up zinc in the encyclopedia and you’ll learn all about this important industrial metal. You’ll learn about how it’s used to make pipes and galvanized metals that resist corrosion. You’ll learn that 6.8 million metric tons of zinc are used every year. You might even learn that there are 338 zinc mines in the world. What you won’t learn is that the same stuff that galvanizes metal is also incredibly important for your health.

Zinc is very important for your immune system. In fact, if you have a bad cold, taking extra zinc could get you back on your feet several days sooner. Zinc also helps you heal quickly from wounds, keeps your skin healthy, helps preserve your eyesight, and might even improve your memory. It’s no surprise that today many doctors and nutritionists tell their patients to “think zinc!”

Why You Need Zinc?
Over 200 different enzymes in your body depend on zinc to work properly. Here’s just one example: You need zinc to make the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol. If you’re deficient in zinc, your body can’t process alcohol and you get very drunk on just a small amount.
You also need zinc to make many hormones, including the ones that tell your immune system what to
do when you’re under attack from germs. Zinc is essential for making the hormones that control growth and for the important male hormone testosterone. You have some zinc in every one of your body’s cells, but most of it is in your skin, hair, nails, and eyes—and in your prostate gland if you’re male. All told, your body contains just over 2.2 grams of zinc.

Minerals are considered essential nutrients—because acting in concert, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage, so guys…..

Don’t take them for granted! 🙂

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