Mineral deficiency

Mineral deficiency

Anika

Anika

The cause of many chronic diseases

Minerals are involved in innumerable processes in the organism. No matter whether we grow, maintain or regenerate cells. Minerals always play a major role. A lack or excess of minerals means that the natural balance is no longer present and inevitably leads to illness.

In order for the organism to function, the ratio of minerals to each other must be right. The body has set up a complex set of regulations for this purpose. Nevertheless, only one in ten has a perfect mineral level.

What do minerals do?

  • They significantly increase the immune response and thus act against the symptoms of autoimmune diseases and allergies
  • Regulate cell growth
  • Positively influence the vascular functions
  • Regulate and maintain normal blood pressure
  • They regulate the acid/alkaline balance
  • Influence the release of hormones
  • Counteract stress and have a calming (regenerative) effect on muscles
  • Effective against migraine and muscle cramps
  • Minerals support brain function
  • Anti-inflammatory effect and prevent plaque deposits on the arterial walls

Minerals are classified into two groups

Bulk elements

As its name implies, every organism contains and needs a high amount of it. Bulk elements are needed to build the body. They are responsible for the stability of the bones and hardness of the teeth. In addition, as electrolytes in the body fluids, they ensure a correct electrical charge inside and outside the cell. They maintain the pressure difference within the cell tissue. Minerals also play an important role in metabolism and in the maintenance and regulation of the immune system.

The bulk elements in detail

Calcium

  • Calcium is the most important component of the skeletal system and the teeth. After all, we carry about one kg of it around with us. This makes it number one in terms of quantity. 99% of calcium is found in bones and teeth. 1% serves to activate enzymes and is partly responsible for muscle contraction.
    The application of calcium (supplemented or intravenous), however, must be considered very critically, as the regulating magnesium is usually also missing. This can lead to arteriosclerosis and, if osteoporosis predominates, brittle bones. In order to prevent this, sufficient magnesium and, in the case of osteoporosis, collagen must be present in the body.

Chlorine

  • Among other things, chlorine serves to regulate the body’s fluid balance. It can be sufficiently ingested through food, so it will not be discussed here.

Potassium

  • Potassium is an important electrolyte, 98% of which is present inside the cells. The main function of potassium is to regulate blood pressure and maintain vascular function. Intracellular potassium plays a major role in the bio-electricity of cell membranes, cell growth regulation. In the β cells islets of Langerhans in the pancreas, it regulates the release of insulin. The need for potassium is 4.7 grams per day. Unfortunately, almost nobody achieves this anymore. For this reason, supplements are often used and can easily be overdosed. This can lead to diarrhoea, muscle weakness and ventricular fibrillation.

Magnesium

  • Magnesium is probably the best known mineral. This is because the insufficient supply of magnesium has been known for decades. The shelves of consumer markets are filled with numerous magnesium supplements. Magnesium is the substance that makes teeth hard. In addition, magnesium has multifaceted functions, especially in the entire metabolic process and immune system. It is the antagonist of calcium and ensures, for example, deposition in the blood vessels.
    The biggest problem with magnesium is its very poor oral usability. Unfortunately, this leads many people to take higher doses of dietary supplements. However, this is fatal, because the intestinal environment changes, which causes diarrhea and eventually gastritis.

Sodium

  • Sodium is a regulator and antagonist of potassium. Unlike potassium, 98% of it is found outside the cell (extracellular). Dizziness, nausea, vomiting are typical symptoms. Later paired with insecure, wobbly gait, memory disorders and confusion. It is not uncommon for these symptoms to be diagnosed with the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia – although there may be a complete different problem. Approximately every 20th elderly patient is simply missing some sodium.
    As with everything else, you have to find a balance here as well. Too much salt is just as harmful as too little salt.

Phosphor

  • Phosphorus plays a crucial role in the energy metabolism of the cell. Besides calcium, phosphorus is also one of the most important bone and dental building blocks. With phosphorus, there is usually no need to be afraid of a deficiency.

Sulphur

  • Sulphur is an important component of amino acids and a few vitamins. It is therefore important for a functioning metabolism. As a rule, sulphur is sufficiently absorbed through food. Those who want to do something good for their skin eat foods containing sulphur, e.g. onions, garlic, eggs, nuts and cheese.

Trace elements

The mostly unexplored trace elements are only present in very small amounts in the body. Their function is multi-faceted. However, they are mainly responsible for the activation of enzymes and thus essential elements of the metabolic process. Organic food (also organic meat) contains sufficient trace elements. So if you eat healthy food, you usually have no deficiency. Therefore, this article does not deal in detail with the individual trace elements.

Bulk and trace elements have one thing in common. The body cannot produce them on its own by its own metabolic processes. Therefore, they have to be supplied from the outside. This happens via food and regulation via the skin.

All minerals are temperature stable, which means that we can heat them without concern. But what you should still think about is their excellent water solubility. So if you pour away the cooking broth from food or the rest of the salad dressing, you tip a large amount of valuable minerals into the spout. Usually more than the remaining amount in the food.

Mineral deficiency

Magnesium, calcium and potassium deficiency is an omnipresent phenomenon and not only in Central Europe. Experts have been arguing for years about the need for magnesium.

According to conventional medical experts, there is no magnesium deficiency and the daily requirement is only 350 to 400 mg. This statement is refuted at least by a study of 1033 people published at the International Magnesium Congress, which showed no ideal values for 90% and serious deficiencies for 54% of the participants.

A study carried out in 2005 revealed that over 66% of Central Europeans were unable to cover their daily magnesium requirements. In the 1990s, the Americans still took in about 500 mg of magnesium, but to date this figure has fallen to about 200 mg. There are similar findings in the case of calcium and potassium.

Every illness, every ailment can be traced back to a mineral deficiency.

Caution with magnesium supplements!

From the list of the bulk elements mentioned above, as well as the scientifically proven findings about the deficiency of magnesium, calcium and potassium, it results that an additional intake, in the right proportion to each other, is very important. Unfortunately, this is not entirely harmless. Certainly you think now, what should be dangerous about it. Mineral preparations are everywhere in every supermarket.

People who have an increased magnesium requirement are e.g. athletes and therefore take magnesium regularly. It is noticeable that people with stomach ulcers are often found in this group. It was investigated whether there is a connection between regular consumption of minerals and stomach ulcers.

The mineral preparations examined significantly increased the pH value in the stomach, which can damage the mucous membrane of the stomach, as a result of which the stomach acid can attack (digest) the stomach wall unhindered. This process can cause stomach ulcers and cancer. Thus, these preparations were suspected of causing diseases.

How does a mineral deficiency develop?

If a mineral deficiency is discussed as one of the causes of certain diseases, it is repeatedly pointed out that we do enough for ourselves with a healthy diet and that there are no mineral deficiencies at all.
This is simply not the case in certain situations.

Let’s take magnesium as an example. It is involved in over 300 crucial processes in the body. A deficiency can cause neither our respiratory, excretory, lymphatic, digestive nor immune systems to function optimally. It is also needed for our muscles, skeletal and reproductive systems or even our metabolism to function optimally. A magnesium deficiency can be the trigger or at least be co-responsible for many diseases. On the other hand, a properly filled magnesium reservoir increases general well-being, relaxation and resistance. But despite a healthy diet, there are various factors that can lead to a deficiency and almost everyone can be affected.

If you look at the statistics and numerous studies on the supply of minerals, the question inevitably arises, where does the constantly growing mineral deficiency, especially in the bulk elements, magnesium, calcium and potassium, come from?

Causes of a deficiency or increased demand

  • Depleted agricultural land
  • Soil erosion, as minerals are leached out by heavy rainfall
  • Nutrition: low dietary magnesium, malnutrition
  • Medication: oral contraceptives, antibiotics, diuretics, anti acids
  • Endurance sports
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Stress
  • Shoes
  • Water filter

Shoes

Except for the shoes, it’s all pretty obvious. But what do shoes have to do with a poor mineral supply? It has been known from science for many years that we absorb minerals through our skin, especially through our feet (also through the sole of our feet). Since we hardly ever walk barefoot anymore, this form of nutrient absorption is completely absent for many people.

Water filters

We would like to talk briefly about water filters. High pollution levels in some places make it necessary to deal with this topic. However, one should consider exactly what kind of filter is being used.

Reverse osmosis in particular has recently become very popular. Similar to distilled water, one should be aware of the disadvantages.

However, the usefulness of this drinking water treatment must be questioned. Because this method filters out all the substances contained in the water. The result is pure H2O, which does not occur in nature in this way – except as rainwater. Pure water is aggressive and immediately binds with other substances in the body as soon as it comes into contact with them.

Preferred binding partners of pure water are minerals such as magnesium and calcium. This water not only does not supply the body with minerals and trace elements, but also removes them. Therefore, pure osmosis water is not recommended for daily drinking water supply.

How to correct a mineral deficiency

The solution for mineral absorption therefore lies in the transdermal (through the skin) application. Transdermally, the human body absorbs as many minerals as it needs. An overdose is not possible and the irritation of the intestinal tract does not occur. The well-known sea holiday effect is used here. The immune system is strengthened, allergies and autoimmune diseases decrease and the general well-being is greatly increased. Who does not know this from their holidays?

The cause of this convalescence is not only the good air, but actually the excessive mineral absorption through the feet, during daily walks in the shallow beach water or when swimming in the sea over the entire skin. This works not only at the sea, but also in a gravel and sand river bed, as is often found in the valleys of the mountains.
Unfortunately, not all of us live by the sea and also not in picturesque mountain valleys, but in New York, Los Angeles or Boston.

A perfectly dosed and adjusted bath salt can be the solution to the undersupply. The spas and health resorts have long recognized this and use mineral baths to treat numerous diseases and ailments and also to improve detoxification.

Transdermal magnesium

The absorption and bioavailability of magnesium depends on numerous factors, such as the composition of food (e.g. absorption inhibitors: oxalates, phosphates, phytates), nutritional status of the body, dose, type and solubility of magnesium compounds, intestinal motility and fluid intake.

It is important to know that the body’s ability to absorb new magnesium through the intestines decreases when the existing magnesium deficiency has exceeded a certain limit and is already beginning to show symptoms. The magnesium intake in the intestine also decreases significantly with increasing age and in the case of gastrointestinal disorders – such as disturbed intestinal flora and fungal infections in the intestine (as a result of antibiotics and other allopathic medicines).

In all these cases magnesium – in the form of transdermal application – takes on a very special significance.

The application over the skin (e.g. in full baths or foot baths, sprayed on as oil or applied as lotion) offers extraordinarily convincing advantages. It bypasses the entire digestive system and the magnesium goes directly into the bloodstream and from there into the cells.

In the unpurified bath additives from the Dead Sea one also obtains the other minerals.

How can magnesium be used?

The 5 reasons for a sufficient magnesium intake at a glance

  •  Metabolic activity and stability of the cells: Magnesium is essential for the construction of cell membranes and pumps.

  •  No movement without magnesium: The mineral is involved in all energetic processes of our body (excitation conduction, mitochondria, Mg-ATP).

  •  Relaxation: Magnesium can lower vascular tone and blood pressure and improve sleep quality.

  •  Heart Health: Reduces the arterial stiffness.

  • Sugar metabolism: Magnesium can increase insulin activity and thus support glucose metabolism.

Book recommendation

Dr. Mark Sircus – a practicing physician and author of numerous health books – recommends at least 700 mg of magnesium daily. In his book “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” he shows different applications of the external use of magnesium chloride.

Magnesium chloride can be used to quickly and cheaply correct nutritional magnesium deficiency, improve cell function, strengthen the immune system and protect cells from oxidative damage. It brings new life and strong energy to the cells - wherever it is used internally or externally

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