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Minerals & Ionic Minerals
By Mr. Steven Horne

Also read: Mineral Depletion Causes

Note from Four Winds

1. All enzymes are made of proteins (from the food we eat).
2. Your cells use amino acids (from proteins) as building blocks to create "systemic or metabolic" enzymes.
In addition to digestion, enzymes are known to catalyze about 4,000 other chemical reactions in your body. Most enzymes work best at normal body temperature and in an alkaline environment. As such, high fevers and over-acidity reduce the effectiveness of most enzymes.
3. Minerals are required to activate thousands of metabolic enzyme reactions within the body. Minerals must be obtained from the soil. If the mineral is not in the soil, it cannot possibly be in the plant (and as a consequence in the food we eat!).
Our very existence is dependent upon the body's ability to utilize minerals because minerals activate enzymes!

When it comes to nutrition, adequate mineral intake is one of the cornerstones of good health. Minerals not only play a vital role in the formation of bones, teeth, muscles and connective tissues, they are also critical to body functions. This is because minerals play an essential role in activating the thousands of enzymes that run every process of the body. Unfortunately, the use of chemical fertilizers has greatly depleted the mineral content of modern soils. Adding the traditional NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) fertilizers does not replace macro minerals like calcium and magnesium or trace minerals like copper, zinc, iron, manganese and chromium that plants absorb from the soil.

Furthermore, it is friendly microbes in the soil that help make minerals available to plants. The use of toxic chemicals like pesticides and herbicides on the land has diminished the healthy microflora in the soil. This means that even when minerals are available in the soil, plants may not be able to utilize them. It is a similar problem to what happens in human beings when antibiotics destroy the friendly flora in the intestinal tract.

 
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Food is No Longer Enough

At one time, people could obtain all the nutrients their body needed, including minerals, from food. That is no longer the case, which is why all commercial animals feeds contain vitamin and mineral supplements. This depletion of the soil didn't happen overnight. It has been going on for over 100 years and has been confirmed by numerous studies.

In 1936, Senate document 264 warned that the depletion of trace minerals in our soil would eventually lead to a national crisis and a dramatic increase in mineral deficiency diseases. The study concluded that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.

In 1997, the U. S. Department of Agriculture confirmed this prediction. Donald Davis, a senior researcher at the University of Texas, compared Dept. of Agriculture figures on nutrient content for 43 common fruits and vegetables. Davis says historical data spanning 50 to 70 years show apparent declines of 5 percent to 40 percent or more in minerals, vitamins and protein in vegetables.
Washington State University researchers Stephen Jones and Kevin Murphy found that today's wheat has less nutritional value, stating that modern grains have been developed for baking qualities related to protein rather than essential minerals. "You would have to eat twice as many slices of modern bread as you would of the older variety to get the same nutritional value, they added."

In 2001, the Journal of Complimentary Medicine pointed out that U.S. and U.K. government statistics show a decline in trace minerals of up to 76% in fruit and vegetables over the period 1940 to 1991. In 2003, New Canada reported that today's fruit and vegetables contain far fewer nutrients than they did 50 years ago. Over the entire 20th century, the average mineral content in cabbage, lettuce, spinach and tomatoes declined from 400 mg. to less than 50 mg.

In 2004, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition examined food composition changes from 1950 to 1999 recorded in the USDA food composition tables. Forty-three crops were examined showing the statistically reliable decline of six nutrients. The declines were observed in protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin and ascorbic acid.

These studies make it clear that the problem of mineral deficiency is a serious one. That's why just about everyone needs to consider some form of mineral supplementation if they want to be healthy.

 



Role of Minerals in the Body

  • Minerals act as co-factors for enzyme reactions. Enzymes don't work without minerals. All cells require enzymes to work & function. They give us our vitality.
  • They maintain the pH balance within the body.
  • Minerals actually facilitate the transfer of nutrients across cell membranes.
  • They maintain proper nerve conduction
  • Minerals help to contract and relax muscles.
  • They help to regulate our bodies tissue growth.
  • Minerals provide structural and functional support for the body.


Ionic Minerals with Acai
Written By: Steven Horne

Ionic Minerals with Acai provides 70 charged trace minerals that are ready for absorption. Trace minerals are vital for daily body maintenance and nightly rebuilding processes.  This product also contains Acai berry concentrate, which provides potent antioxidants and other key ingredients, while imparting a delicious natural flavor.


Ionic minerals are easily and quickly absorbed and taken into the cells that line the intestinal tract. Minerals are readily employed in the body’s many physiological activities, including nutrient transport, enzyme reactions, metabolism, and immune system support.  Ionic minerals also play an important role in supporting a healthy pH balance.

The minerals in Ionic Minerals with Acai come from ancient plant deposits in central Utah and provide a natural balance of essential minerals.  These minerals are in a colloidal state, which means they are in liquid suspension and are more readily available for assimilation by the body.  Ionic Minerals with Acai tastes good because of the Acai berries and a small amount of natural flavoring.  No sugar is used because sugar may interact with some minerals and decrease their absorption into the body.

Minerals play an integral role in proper body functioning. Minerals are extremely important in drawing substances into and out of cells, maintaining a delicate internal water balance needed for all mental and physical processes, stimulating the hormonal secretion of glands, and causing the nervous system to send commands to all parts of the body.  Most people don't get enough minerals in the foods they eat.  Over used soil and fertilization can lead to imbalances in the mineral profile of soils and plants.  Furthermore, animals may over-graze an area or eat a diet low in minerals, which can also lead to mineral deficiency.  Even certain types of food preparation can result in decreased mineral content.

Mineral imbalances often result in illness. 
Too much zinc, for example, can deplete the body's copper reserves, while too much calcium affects the body's absorption of magnesium.  Most minerals have interrelated functions in the body.  Too much or too little of one mineral will affect other minerals within the body.  The recommended serving of Ionic Minerals with Acai ensures the correct ratios and potency of the minerals in the formula.  It provides essential minerals in optimal balance.  Many of these minerals are particularly useful in strengthening bones and teeth.  In addition, they keep the skeletal tissues strong and help prevent osteoporosis.

Here is a breakdown of the minerals and other ingredients in this formula

Fulvic acid
Ssupplies electrolytes, enhances nutrient transport, catalyzes enzyme reactions, increases assimilation, and helps rebuild the immune system.

Boron
Is essential for absorbing calcium in the bones and may prevent post-menopausal osteoporosis.

Calcium
Aids in the growth and repair of bones and teeth.  It may also prevent osteoporosis and high blood pressure.  In addition, this mineral reduces insomnia and stimulates muscle growth.

Manganese

Keeps the skeletal and connective tissues strong.  It is also important because of its role in changing glucose into energy.

Silicon
Participates in many vital bodily functions such as initiation of bone calcification.  It also promotes healthy hair, skin, nails, cellular walls and connective tissue and plays certain metabolic roles in essential body functions.

Sulfur
Povides strength and luster for hair and nails.  This important mineral is also vital to protein absorption because it makes up part of many major amino acids.

Vanadium
Deficiency causes bone abnormalities and higher concentrations of cholesterol in the plasma.  Proper amounts of vanadium may inhibit cholesterol formation, especially in the elderly.  In addition, this mineral helps to keep metabolism on an even level.


Some of these essential minerals are important in promoting a healthy immune system.

Germanium
Works to improve cellular oxygenation which helps the body fight pain, keep the immune system functioning properly, and rid itself of toxins and poisons.

Iron
Is important in preventing anemia.  It aids the body in fighting against bacteria and is needed for a healthy immune system.  Further, iron is involved in keeping a balanced body temperature.  It may also be important to healthy behavior and learning in children.

Selenium
Protects the body from free radicals by neutralizing toxic chemicals and damaging toxins.  It also stimulates the immune system.

Silver
Deficiencies often correlate to immune deficiencies.  In colloidal form, silver disables the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, fungi and viruses use for oxygen metabolism.  This mineral is an important antibacterial agent and infection fighter.

Zinc
Is a vital mineral in DNA and RNA formation.  It may also be important in promoting healthy sight, healing and fertility.  Zinc is also essential for the activation of over 200 enzymes within the body and is vital to both growth and healthy immune system functioning.

Many of these minerals are vital in providing the body with proper amounts of energy and stimulating growth.

Cesium
Has important links to the body's energy levels and to brain functioning.  It is also used by some as a cancer preventive.

Phosphorus
Is necessary for the body's absorption of B-complex vitamins.  It aids in cell division and reproduction and provides energy for the body.  In addition, phosphorus may prevent dental problems.

Potassium
Assists in muscle contraction and in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in body cells.  It is important in sending nerve impulses as well as in releasing energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates during metabolism.

Tin
Is important for growth, hearing, hair growth and nervous system functioning.  Tin deficiency may result in depressed growth.

The heart and blood are also affected by various essential minerals.  A proper balance of these minerals may not only promote healthy living, but also reduce risks of certain diseases.

Chromium
Balances blood sugar levels and may prevent diabetes and arteriosclerosis.  It also decreases cholesterol levels in the blood.

Cobalt
Is a vital part of Vitamin B12.  It is important for function and maintenance of body cells and is essential for adequate red blood cell formation.

Magnesium
Is necessary in helping to keep the heartbeat regular and the blood pressure low.  Without magnesium, calcium may not be efficiently absorbed by the body.  Magnesium also helps those who suffer from migraines, nervous tension and PMS.

Molybdenum
Is critical for mobilization of iron reserves from the liver and for regulation of blood fat levels.
A healthy nervous system is vital to everyone.  Certain minerals are beneficial to the functioning of this system.

Lithium
Is involved in sodium metabolism and its transportation in nerves and muscles.  This mineral is further associated with the functioning of the autonomic or involuntary nervous system.

Sodium
Aids in the transmission of nerve impulses.  It is also important in maintaining the health of the cell fluid and essential for proper function of the adrenal glands.  Sodium prevents calcium and other minerals from causing clots in the capillaries.  In addition, the body's absorption of iron depends on sodium.

Acai berry concentrate
Provides valuable antioxidants, amino acids, anthocyanins and essential fatty acids.

In addition to the previously mentioned minerals, Ionic Minerals with Acai contains: Aluminum, Antimony, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Cerium, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Gadolinium, Gallium, Gold, Hafnium, Holmium, Iodide, Indium, Iridium, Lanthanum, Lithium, Lutetium, Neodymium, Nickel, Niobium, Osmium, Palladium, Platinum, Praseodymium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Samarium, Scandium, Sodium, Strontium, Tantalum, Tellurium, Terbium, Thallium, Thorium, Thulium, Titanium, Tungsten, Ytterbium, Yttrium, and Zirconium.

It is recommended to take one tablespoon of Ionic Minerals with Acai with a meal (breakfast) and one tablespoon before retiring. To be mixed with a glass of water.

IDEAL COMBINATION OF PRODUCTS FOR IMPROVED WELLNESS
(all three products)

 
 

 

What are "Probiotics"?

Probiotics are defined as organisms such as friendly bacteria which contribute to the health and balance of the intestinal tract, protecting against disease and improving nutrition. (1)
Many of these tiny beings exert their beneficial effects in a transitory nature, and are either not resident in the gastrointestinal system of humans, or reside only in the GI tract of infants, conferring immunity until their adult complement of intestinal flora is acquired.

Altogether the total microflora (bacterial population) of the human body may weigh up to 4 pounds and, according to different authors, is comprised of from 100 to more than 400-500 different species of bacteria! (Feeling a little crowded?) (3) Another interesting fact about gut bacteria is that they outnumber the cells of your own body 10 to 1!

Since the mouth and GI tract are part of the same system, it makes sense that the organisms found in one area could be found in nearly all areas. But why are they also found in the vagina? First of all the microflora play a role in maintaining the health of that area. Even the allopathic medical community is becoming aware of this fact, since the prestigious New England Journal Of Medicine has published a research article indicating acidophilus can prevent and possibly cure yeast infections.(4)

Symptoms or signs indicating Gut/Bacteria Issues

Digestive Issues
 
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn/acid reflux
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis)
Mental Issues
There might be a link between gut (bad) bacteria and the following issues:
 
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Autism
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
If you are deficient in any of the below (your medical doctor can tell you), you might have an unhealthy gut.
 
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B12 and B7
  • Magnesium
Antibiotics
 

Antibiotics clean out bad bacteria, but they also get rid of many of the good bacteria in the gut and those are essential for your health. Antibiotics are unable to discriminate between both good and bad bacteria.

Chronic, Unmanaged Stress

 

Unmanaged stress raises cortisol levels, which can stop the gut from working properly. If you have been stressed for the past few months (or years, or decades) but have not acted to manage your stress, you are more likely to have an unhealthy gut.

Skin Conditions
It is now a known fact that many skin conditions have a lot to do with an unhealthy gut. Balancing your gut bacteria might help solve such skin issues.
 
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
Autoimmune Diseases

If you have to deal with any of the health issues listed below you might be able to make your symptoms go away by simply taking care of your intestinal flora.

 
  • Hashimoto’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
   


Most Common "Friendly Bacteria"

Lactobacillus acidophilus
This is one of the most popular probiotic strains due to its wide reaching benefits, such as reduced IBS-related inflammation, decreased allergic response, inhibition of pathogenic bacteria, and much more. This probiotic strain also naturally adheres to human intestinal cells and produces anti-microbial substances, while surviving better in the human gastrointestinal tract than other strains.

Lactobacillus casei
This strain provides many of the same benefits as acidophilus, with the addition of reduced H. pylori (a common cause of stomach ulcers and even cancer) severity, and protection against salmonella. Despite what the name may lead you to believe, many strains of Lactobacillus may be beneficial for those with lactose intolerance.

Bacillus coagulans
Shown to boost immune system response and to reduce IBS-related abdominal pain.
Bifidobacterium infantis – Reduces diarrhea, inflammation, and allergic responses. This bacteria strain has also been shown to be naturally resistant to stomach acid.

According to WebMD... Bacillus coagulans is also used for general digestion problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), a bowel disorder called Clostridium difficile colitis, excessive growth of “bad” bacteria in short bowel syndrome, and infection due to the ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Some people use Bacillus coagulans to prevent respiratory infections and ramp up the immune system. It is also used to prevent cancer or the formation of cancer-causing agents.

Note: Lactobacillus family exist happily in the small intestine, whilst some such as the Bifidobacterium family prefer the large intestine.


Selected References

The Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products, 6th edition by Steven Horne and Kimberly Balas
How to Get Well by Paavo Airola, N.D., Ph.D.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C.
The How to Herb Book by Velma J. Keith and Monteen Gordon