“We’re only as healthy as our soil is fertile.”
This statement is how Dr. Darrin Starkey, N. D., of Trace Minerals Corporation began his in-person training of our staff this past Tuesday. Here are a few of the most important insights we gained from that education session.
We’re only as healthy as our soil is fertile. Unfortunately, our soil is as far from being fertile as it has ever been. Even the garden in your own backyard likely needs nutrients added to the soil in order for you to achieve highly nutritious meals from that vegetable garden.
The problem with depleted soil isn’t our only issue when it comes to our food chain. In an effort to ensure food safety, we’ve begun to filter everything we consume—water and food—which are sanitized, pasteurized, and industrialized until even less of the depleted nutrients we’ve harvested in food remain once we’ve prepared that food for consumption.
Did you know that the word organic simply means an element linked to a carbon molecule? But we use the term to mean the best of the best foods, the cleanest foods with no insecticides, fungicides, etc. While organic foods have an advantage over many traditionally-raised, they too have disadvantages. Have you looked at the labels of your fruits and vegetables lately? Just how long does it take to get a tomato from Israel? How many nutrients are lost between harvest and consumption?
Depleted nutrients have several ill effects on the body. Foods equal energy. In fact, the cells in our bodies operate off positive and negative electrical responses. A positive and negative charge placed into a tomato, orange, potato, etc. even have the ability to charge a light bulb!
Minerals like magnesium, molybdenum, and calcium are essential for the energy in your body to function optimally.
But energy isn’t the only thing your body relies on minerals for. pH (potential for hydrogen) indicates the alkaline or acidic state of the body. Even though the stomach is an acidic environment, the rest of the gut thrives more on an alkaline state. Again, proper levels of minerals in the body help us maintain the proper pH state. When we eat fast food, over-stress, drink sodas, etc., we make our body acidic, forcing the body to leach minerals from the bones and elsewhere to make up for the deficit. If you want to maintain a healthy pH balance, start by cleaning up your diet and drinking plenty of water! You need to drink 32 glasses of alkalized water to make up for the acidic storm you cause in your body by just consuming one 20-ounce soda. No wonder most of America walks around dehydrated every day and doesn’t even realize it. Some experts contend we need to consume half our body weight in ounces of water each day to stay healthy.
Our cells need oxygen to thrive. When we exercise, we bring more oxygen to our muscles. Hence the term aerobic exercise. But trace minerals like molybdenum can also help the body circulate oxygen. A body that is starved of oxygen increases the risk of letting damaged cells, which we battle every day, to take root and thrive in that oxygen-deprived environment, leading to tumor growth and even cancer.
A healthy gut is vital to a healthy mind and body. In fact, many people call the gut the second brain. Almost 80% of your body’s natural serotonin levels (the feel-good hormone) come from your gut. About 70% of your immune system function is also found there. Again, minerals, including trace minerals, can play an important role in supporting a healthy gut so that the nutrients you do eat are properly utilized.
We face so many physical and mental problems that stem from poor digestion and weak guts. Instead of supporting our bodies with hydration, good foods, supplemental vitamins and minerals, digestive enzymes, probiotics (and/or fermented food), and regular exercise (sitting is the new smoking), we wait until we need medical intervention. But even then, it’s never too late to support a healthy diet and lifestyle plan with quality supplements where needed.
As always, check with your health care provider or pharmacist before mixing supplements with prescription medications. Even multivitamins may be contraindicated. For example, vitamin K in a multi may be contraindicated if you take blood-thinning medication.
Thanks to Dr. Darrin Starkey, who has been with the Trace Minerals company for some 30 years, for our lesson on the importance of minerals and the real difference just a few drops of trace minerals a day can make in helping us all achieve our health goals.
BetsyHealth Note: This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Consult your healthcare provider before trying a supplement, especially if you have a medical condition, including being pregnant or nursing, take prescription or over-the-counter medications, or are planning on having surgery.
Reference: Education Session April 19, 2022, Dr. Darrin Starkey of Trace Minerals and the Betsy’s Health Foods Staff
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