Back in the day, humans used to drink water from fresh streams that contained high mineral content. It was easy to get all the benefits of what basically are rocks. Why do we need these tiny rock fragments in our bodies? Our system depends upon them to function properly on so many levels. Let us describe a few of the most important ones:
Magnesium: This one factors greatly in our overall wellbeing. Modern lifestyle and diet tend to reduce our ability to absorb magnesium (for example, artificial sweeteners can interfere with our magnesium levels). Stress makes it harder for us to keep our levels up. But why do we need it? Easy, it regulates all our of metabolic processes, meaning keeping our heartbeat consistent, and enabling our cells to “take out the trash” so to speak. It keeps our nerves and muscles functioning and our bones strong. Plus it aids our immune systems, our inner warriors to keep us healthy.
Sodium: Salt, we can’t live without it, and it makes everything taste great. Nutritionally, it helps control blood pressure and volume as well as normal function of muscles and nerves.
Potassium: This mineral is vital for life. It acts as an electrical conductor and in that enables cells, tissues and organs to thrive. It’s a builder of proteins, which we need for our muscles, and a breaker of carbs, which we need for our energy use. There’s a reason why you should be eating your banana at breakfast besides the yummy taste.
Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and is aids in the body’s metabolic exchanges.
Sulfur: A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins). Known as a powerful detoxifying agent, as it works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins.
Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth. Also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores.
Zinc: Contains anti-oxidant properties which help to reduce the early signs of aging. It also helps to speed up the healing process.
Needless to say, there are many more, actually over 300 minerals that we need in very small amounts to perfectly coordinate all of our intricate body functions. But our diet and lifestyle do not provide these for us automatically. When you are experiencing a mineral deficiency, one of the first indicators can be seen in the skin. Our skin really is an amazing huge organ that transfers substances into and out of our bodies. Think anything that goes on your skin ends up in your blood stream, and the sweat, oil, heat etc that is released by it. When your skin isn’t functioning well to protect your body, it can be a sign of a mineral issue. Conditions like eczema and psoriasis are serious signs of internal imbalance, or even auto-immune issues. With a myriad of causes, internal issues can not solely be addressed by topical solutions. Each case requires investigation into the root cause. But a great place to start is to address mineral deficiency. The wonderful aspect of our skin’s relationship to minerals is our ability to absorb what we need through osmosis, simply putting minerals on our skin makes them available to our systems.
How to best use this brilliant system? We created a series of Mineral Mists to use in conjunction with our facial moisture oil to feed our bodies the minerals needed as well as protect and moisturize the skin. We also have formulated a high mineral dosage mist called Instant Alchemy Mineral Mist that can be used in conjunction with any of our oils to address a variety of skin discomforts. We also recommend checking out this List of High Mineral Foods to add to your diet. The benefits are many!