What is health? To some, health is the mere absence of disease; to others, health is a feeling of vitality and well-being. While not all bodies are created equal, all bodies are sustained by the same requirements. But are these requirements being met? And what obstacles get in the way of optimal health? The answers lie within these pages and the connecting links.
Lack of nutrition in our food
The primary supply of our nutrients should come from food. However, the soil from which our food comes is seriously mineral deficient (United States Senate Document #264). As a result, our food is nutritionally deficient.
"Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health.
Study after study has shown how much our food has decreased in quality. For example, did you know that in 1948 a cup of spinach contained 158 mg of iron? By 1965, a cup of spinach contained only 27 mg of iron. Today, a cup of spinach contains 2 mg of iron. You would have to eat 79 cups of spinach to get the same nutritional content from food just over fifty years ago! This problem is not going to get better. Supplementation is not just an option anymore - it's a requirement if you want to be healthy.
Common sense tells us that if the minerals are not in our food anymore, there are no minerals to be absorbed into our systems. What is not so easy to understand is that the minerals have to be in the proper form or the body cannot use them. When you see "calcium enriched" on the labels of prepackaged food in the grocery stores, is that calcium good for you? Most calcium is poorly absorbed. So why do companies add it to their products? The answer is: it's cheap and they can sell enormous amounts of the products because people think that these "calcium enriched" foods are providing the calcium their bodies need (Please see Scientific View for the explanation of the importance of calcium in its proper form).
Fortunately, the proper use of nutritional supplements in the form of minerals can make up for these deficiencies. In order for food supplements to work properly, they must be in a form that is bio-available. That is, they must be in a form that the body is able to readily assimilate. There is no room for error in this matter. Each and every one of our 76 trillion living cells needs to be fed properly or they will die. When they are dying, we are dying. When the cells die before they can be replaced, deterioration is taking place. This is called a degenerative disease. This process does not need to continue. When the needs of the cells are met and their environment is balanced, the body is like a fine-tuned machine, a machine that is able to repair itself whenever necessary.
Ionic minerals - the foundation of health
Over the years, the study of nutrients has seen some changes. At one time, cheap, synthetic vitamins were thought to be adequate to supply the nutritional needs of our bodies. Next, there were natural vitamins and minerals. Subsequently, chelated and colloidal minerals were regarded to be the best mineral forms. Each step was an improvement, as the particle size was smaller, and the body's ability to use them greatly increased. In fact, even if you use improper forms of supplements, your body will convert some of them into ionic forms that your body can use, so you can feel some difference.
We have now reached the final frontier. Ionic minerals are as much as 10,000 times smaller in size than chelated or colloidal minerals. In fact, they can't get any smaller and still be a mineral. They are atomic in size. It is hard to even imagine things this small. To illustrate this point, if an ionic mineral was the size of a BB, in comparison, a chelated mineral would be 148 feet long! It has to be broken down further before the body can use it. In order for a mineral substance to enter into a formulation with other natural substances, it has to be broken down into its simplest form, that is, ionic form. A lot of energy is required for this process - energy that could be better used elsewhere - especially for those who have a disease.
The ionic form of minerals is easiest for the body to absorb and use, especially if you have a disease, or are along in years. At one time, our foods contained what we needed to sustain life, but because of the high levels of pollution and acid rain, the mineral depletion of our agricultural soils, and because of the lack of nutrients in our food, daily dietary supplementation of ionic minerals is needed to supply us with the very building blocks of life. In essence, minerals are like the foundation to a building. The cement foundation must be there first or the building will fall apart. Minerals supply the foundation to build our bodies, and without them in balance, we will fall apart.
The importance of these facts cannot be emphasized enough. Ionic mineral deficiencies may account for the majority (over 150) of degenerative diseases today. When you take those larger chelated or colloidal minerals and put them into your body, your digestive process has to break them down into ionic or Angstrom (Å) sized particles. This is a very inefficient, energy-consuming process and most of the minerals are probably going to pass through the body unused, especially if one is diseased or aged. Also, when the non-ionic minerals spend time in the stomach, they may neutralize the acid normally used to digest food, which can harm the digestive process.
The digestive systems of the diseased and aged people work less efficiently then in young and healthy people. If minerals are ionic, they do not have to go through the digestive process, as they are already in the form that the cells are looking for.
Think about this: what happens when all of our supplements are in the proper form? Don't underestimate what our bodies can do with readily available ionic minerals. Also, don't be misled by blood analysis levels of minerals that show that you may have an abundance of a particular mineral. In a lot of instances, when the blood level of a particular mineral is high, there is a critical lack of usable amounts of that mineral in your blood, meaning your chemistry is not using this mineral because it is not in harmony with other nutrition (i.e., vitamins, protein, enzymes, fatty acids, minerals).
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The effect of acids and the aging process
Our bodies' cells are continually renewing themselves. As these cells replicate (reproduce), parts of the ends of the DNA break off, causing the cells to get weaker as we age. Our diets, daily stress and environment all contribute to the shortened lifespan of the cells. Acids and free radicals also speed up the biological clock. The length and quality of our physical lives are determined at the cellular level. (See Scientific View for an explanation of free radicals and effect of acids.)
Biologists have determined that the maximum age for humans is around 120 years. Every day our DNA is not protected, we contribute to degeneration and earlier death. Think about this: if someone lives to the age of 60 and dies of heart disease or cancer or some other degenerative disease, they have really only lived half of their life expectancy. When people say they don't want to live that long, it is because they know the longer they live, the poorer the quality of their lives becomes. But this condition does not have to exist. Something can be done about the aging process and the quality of life. We must start supplying our bodies what they need! If our bodies start showing signs of deterioration, we need to take action. With the right knowledge and resources, we can bounce back to health.
The body has a way of dealing with acids and stopping free radical damage but it comes at a very high price. When our food intake does not provide the proper minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants for life, the body compensates by removing minerals from our bones. We may be losing mineral reserves on a daily basis without evening knowing it. Minerals are meant to be taken from our bones only in times of emergency. Unfortunately, we may prematurely run out of minerals and "suddenly" get a degenerative disease. The word "suddenly" is misleading because no one "suddenly" gets a disease - disease has been developing from the first day their bodies were not supplied with the proper nutrients and minerals. They have only "suddenly" discovered it.
The leading Cancer Society in America says that 1 out of 2 people will get cancer at some point in their lifetime. This statistic should be alarming to you - it's alarming to me. And cancer is only one disease!
By supplying our bodies with the proper nutrients, we can dramatically slow down acid and free radical damage and live to our biological potential.
"Alkalinity equals energy." *
The pH levels of our bodies' fluids (acidity versus alkalinity) play a crucial role in maintaining homeostasis (chemical balance) throughout our bodies. This balance is needed to maintain all of the separate functions of the many systems of the body into one system. That is, the cells in the body are continually breaking down (catabolism) and constantly being rebuilt (anabolism). As this process plays out, we have a new body every seven years. However, when the cells are dying at a faster rate than they are being replaced, degeneration (i.e., disease) sets in. Disease exists even before symptoms appear. By the time symptoms are discovered, disease may have progressed to a dangerous level. Maintaining the proper pH of our bodies' cellular fluids is clearly one of the most important steps in returning the balance to the body so that degeneration does not occur.
In most areas of the body, the proper pH is slightly alkaline - around 7.4 on the pH scale. But during time of stress or sickness, the pH levels of the body become more acidic. Acids can destroy and deteriorate just about everything they come in contact with. If you take a battery acid and poured it on a sheet of metal, it would eat a hole through the metal. That acid would also burn a hole in your flesh. Alkalinity is the opposite of acidity. If acidity is associated with disease, then alkalinity is associated with health.
Our bodies' pH levels should be alkaline, registering between 7.0-7.5 on the pH scale. Saliva is an indicator of the body's overall pH level (one very easy way to check the pH levels of the body is to use litmus paper to check saliva first thing in the morning). Saliva mixes with our food as we eat and begins the process of digestion, turning starches into sugars. It is critical for the pH to be slightly alkaline for this to take place. Of course, if our saliva is acidic, the acids can attack our teeth and may deteriorate them - even if we take good care of them. The acids may even cause metal fillings in our teeth to deteriorate and find their way into our system and do great damage.
When we have people do saliva pH tests in the morning and the reading comes out at 6.5 some people say, "That's not too bad." Excuse me, but it is bad. Their saliva is nine times more acidic than it should be. Another way to say it is: their saliva is 900% more acidic than normal. When you put it this way, people will put it into proper prospective. The pH levels of the saliva can be a fairly accurate indicator of the health of the body. People with known diseases almost always check acidic…between 4.5 and 7.0. Healthy people usually register an alkaline 7.0-7.5. The exception to this is with people who smoke. Their bodies are so acidic that minerals are being pulled out of the bones and concentrated in the mouth area where the free radical substances are concentrated - thus giving a false reading to the test. It is astonishing to discover that one puff off of a tobacco or marijuana product, or any other kind of smoke, causes more than 375,000 free radicals to form in the body. Read that again - that's every puff! These free radicals make the body very acidic, which leads to degenerative disease.
It is always important to keep the fluids in our bodies slightly alkaline in order for all the functions to take place. If our blood becomes slightly acidic we would shortly die, so the body compensates by pulling minerals from the bones to keep us alkaline. From his "Textbook of Medical Physiology," which is used to train medical students, Arthur Guyton, Ph.D., M.D. ** emphasizes the key to health:
The first step in maintaining health is to alkalize the body. The cells and body fluids of a healthy body are alkaline while the cells and body fluids of a diseased body are acidic, meaning they are below a pH of 7.0. The more acidic the cells, the sicker we become. If the body cannot alkalize the cells they will become acidic and thus, disease sets in. Our bodies produce acid as a byproduct of normal metabolism. Since our bodies do not manufacture alkalinity, we must supply the alkalinity from an outside source to keep us from becoming acidic and dying.
"Textbook of Medical Physiology," Guyton, A., Ph.D., M.D. (emphasis added.) The key to health is to "alkalize the body . . . from an outside source." However, supplying our bodies with good alkaline minerals from an outside source is easier said than done! Not all mineral forms are readily assimilated and our food is mineral deficient. In fact, the lack of minerals in our food can contribute to an acidic condition in our bodies and is responsible for nearly every degenerative disease that is known.
The cells in our bodies are susceptible to damage by a small change from the slightly alkaline environment toward one that is even slightly acidic. The acidic environment speeds the biological clock of our cells. What may be viewed as aging may in truth be the effects of the acids that are deteriorating the body. The collagen and the elastin in the skin deteriorate not because of time but because of the effects of acid molecules over time. The bones get weak and brittle and porous because the body seeks to neutralize the acids in the body by leaching minerals out of the bones.
We need to make changes in the way we think of health; we need to think of health in terms of alkalinity! Our food no longer supplies our diets with the proper minerals and our lifestyles are very stressful. Supplying our bodies with alkaline foods and ionic minerals is the key to a healthy, successful, and productive life!
* Quote from Nutritional Biophysiologist, educator and international lecturer on human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biochemistry and sports medicine, Kurt D. Grange, Ph.D., N.D.
** Dr. Guyton is one of the most recognized authors on human physiology.