Trace Metabolic Functions Minerals

The only known function of iodine is that it aids in the formation of thyroid hormones, which help regulate cell activities. It is found mainly in clams, lobsters, shellfish and seafood, plants grown near the sea and foods with iodine added (iodised) salt. Selenium is the major mineral antioxidant and is required for many processes in the body. Vitamin E and selenium reinforce one another and can make up for one another if one is deficient. Selenium works well to help sun-damaged skin. Research also shows it can possibly help prevent viruses attacking the heart and lowers the risk of many cancers. Selenium is found in shellfish and meat as well as whole grains, but soils are often deficient in selenium, and the sulphur content in many fertilisers can also inhibit plant absorption.Selenium should be taken every day as an aid to fight oxidative free radicals that cause premature aging and stress. Low levels of selenium are also associated with mood disorders, degenerative diseases, thyroid problems, psychiatric disorders, poor immune functions and skin conditions.Copper helps promote bone growth and maintains the health of nerve tissue. Iron, copper and cobalt work closely together in the production and maturation of red blood cells. It is found in beef, liver, seafood, nuts, dry roasted cashews, dried beans and sunflower seeds.


So Much Things About Food supplements You Should Know

Ideally, a healthy and varied diet would provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. In some cases, however, food is grown in depleted soils or artificially under lights in hothouses. For example, selenium content in soils is varied and regional. New Zealand soils are quite low in selenium, as are parts of Australia, South Africa and North America, but it is important as an antioxidant and in supporting Vitamin E in your body. Antioxidants are certain minerals and vitamins, which are found in food sources. There are now many substances available from both natural and synthetic sources. Many (and certainly not all) of them can mimic the properties of natural antioxidants. A good rule of thumb is to see if the ingredients included in an antioxidant supplement are part of the natural human diet. If they are not, for example, if they come from tree bark, then do you thin) it would be appropriate to add them to the human food chain? Some studies suggest not. But, remember, one dose of antioxidants will not give you a healthy, youthful body fore\ They must be continually replaced in your diet to keep pace with free radical production. a diet laden with fresh, unprocessed wholefoods is essential.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Many people today take vitamin products. There is no doubt that many offer nutritior insurance. However, studies have shown that some supplements are poorly digested and ix through the body without much benefit. We have both taken supplements over the years f all sorts of reasons. Often we relied on health professionals or pharmacy assistants to advi us as to which supplements we should take and how often. We placed our health in the han of people we didn’t even know and who may have had little idea what our bodies neede By educating yourself and continuing to learn about supplements you will, over time, mal more sophisticated decisions about which ones to take and how to optimise your diet wil quality supplements. The responsibility lies in your hands.

Macro minerals

Calcium is important for building healthy bones and teeth, and also plays an essential role in nerve and muscle function and blood clotting. It keeps muscles moving smoothly and prevents cramping. Approximately 99 per cent of the calcium in your body is present in the bones, teeth and skeleton; the other 1 per cent is found in and around cells. You will find calcium in milk and milk products; calcium-fortified foods; the bones of fish like sardines and salmon; tofu, spinach and oatmeal. Phosphorus works with calcium to help build bones and teeth. It is used in the energy cycle and helps in the formation of red blood cells. It is found everywhere in foods with more being added during food processing and in plant fertilisers. Some of the best places to get phosphorus are high-protein foods like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, whole grains and milk.Magnesium is a wonderful mineral that is involved in just about every biological process in the body. It is essential for nerve and muscle function and the renewal of proteins, and is needed to make body tissues, particularly your bones. Main food sources are whole grains and legumes, green leafy vegetables, nuts, mushrooms and bananas. Much magnesium is lost during food processing, so use stone-ground wholemeal flour or brown rice.Sodium is one of the few minerals that we easily have in excess in our diets. Fourteen to 28 g of sodium chloride (salt) per day is considered excessive, but not uncommon in developed countries (1 teaspoon = approximately 5 g). Ten per cent of daily sodium comes from the natural salt content of foods. Fifteen per cent of salt is added during cooking or at the table, and a whopping 75 per cent of salt is added during the processing and manufacturing, as it also acts as a preservative.

Guidelines for Buying Health Supplements

  1. If you live a busy lifestyle and know that at times you are not eating right, you may require supplementation.
  2. As mentioned before, be aware of the following antagonists when purchasing supplements: folic acid with zinc, iron with Vitamin E, Vitamin B and antioxidants.
  3. Avoid supplements that mix vitamins and minerals with herbs. While vitamins and minerals supplement your diet, herbs are treating your body, and when taken on their own work a lot more powerfully.
  4. In stressful times, you may well suffer from a lack of the Vitamin B group, because when your body is under stress it can limit B absorption from your food. Adding a good acidophilus supplement to your diet for a few weeks helps your body regain the balance that is often thrown out by stress.
  5. If you still wish to take a Vitamin B supplement, always use a B complex, as the B group all work together. Here is what to look for:
    1. Concentrate on the date of manufacture more than the brand.
    2. Look at the expiry date — freshest is always best with Bs.
    3. And buy small pack sizes, no more than 30 tablets at a time.
  2. B vitamins degrade rapidly when mixed with water, so adding them to vitality drinks may mean there is little left by the time you drink them.
  3. The label lists what they put in, not necessarily what you get out.

Your Body-Maids Keeping Things in Order

Minerals co-exist with vitamins and their roles are very closely related. For example, Vitamin C helps increase the absorption of iron, and calcium absorption is improved in the presence of Vitamin D. Some of the complex B vitamins are absorbed only when combined with phosphorus, and zinc helps the liver release Vitamin A.Minerals also help maintain the delicate water balance essential for mental and physical functions. They assist the body to keep all fluids from becoming too acid or alkaline, and aid in the creation of antibodies. All the minerals needed by the body (that are known) must be obtained from the foods we eat.

What goes into your skin?

Cosmetic surgery

Some women are convinced that cosmetic surgery has been the best thing for them. We know women who have had breast reductions and their health has benefited hugely, women who have had a very subtle eye lift and it is true that their eyes have taken on a whole new look.

From a holistic point of view, however, we would encourage you to investigate the best options for your body, the best procedures available and the best doctors who have total regard for your health, not your pocket. As you may be aware, there have been many horror stories regarding ‘beauty enhancement treatments: Our concern is that some may be detrimental to your health, so investigate fully before embarking on any kind of cosmetic surgery.

However, it is not all bad news. If we place a greater emphasis on reducing stress, a healthy diet, plenty of water and fresh air, skin protection, regular exercise along with plenty of sleep and relaxation – then we are giving our body the best chance to grow older more gracefully.

Healthy skin from the inside

Nature has provided us with an amazing selection of vegetables, fruits and nuts. All are great for your skin, providing essential phytonutrients (nutrients found in fruit and vegetables) (see page 111), vitamins and antioxidants.

You need fat in your diet; your skin would look lifeless and dull without it. Good-quality fats like the omega fats are the building blocks for healthy cells. So make sure you include these good fats in your diet. Good sources are fish, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed oils.

Excess sugar and refined foods such as cakes, biscuits and confectionery play havoc with your skin and can slow the whole body‘s healing system. Limit your intake and make sure you include good sources of protein to help balance blood-sugar levels that can lead to sweet cravings.

There is nothing like a good workout that makes you sweat to eliminate toxins from the skin. The increased blood flow also brings nourishment out into the skin and encourages your skin to breathe. Your skin will take on that healthy glow!

Living in our modern-day society exposes our bodies to a lot of stresses: pollution, excessive radiation exposure (sun and computers), inadequate diets, overworking, over-exercising, smoking, drinking … the list goes on. To supply your body and skin with optimum nutrition we recommend taking a good quality antioxidant that supplies natural vitamins and minerals at optimum levels, and in a natural form as they would be found in a healthy diet.

Everyday stress is a part of life. But when stress turns to anxiety and worry, it starts to affect your health and skin. When you are under excess stress this affects your hormonal system, which often triggers skin problems and sensitivities, as well as lowering your immune system. Strain and worry is also worn on your face, so start to relax. Recognise when you need time out, and nurture yourself.

Sleep is vital to good health. During those hours you spend in bed your body goes about repairing damaged tissues, and there is a surge of your growth hormone, which stimulates cell renewal. There are also some studies that show that a lack of sleep speeds up the aging process. So flick off the TV and go to bed!