by RENATO “WATERDOK” PARAGAS, M.D.
When dealing with health and well-being, nutrition plays a very critical role. Nutrition involves the proper intake of the six basic essential nutrients namely: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Of these, minerals and water are the most ignored and most neglected. Because of the neglect, people today are suffering from various serious sicknesses that are not cured or treated easily. Instead of focusing on the correction of the dietary deficiencies, they resort to numerous synthetic substances believing that they would provide better solution to their maladies. Instead, they become sicker and when in the verge of death, they anxiously begin to search for alternative solutions.
Dr. Gary Price Todd, author of Nutrition, Health and Disease, cited that the human body needs at least 60 trace minerals in order to maintain a disease- and ailment-free state. So, what are essential minerals and how do they maintain and sustain life?
Nutritionally speaking, minerals are naturally occurring inorganic substances of definite composition and definite crystal structure, when broken down into their proper form, play critical roles in supporting a number of physiologic functions within the body. Without them, normal physiologic functions do not occur and this results to organ dysfunction leading to disease. Essential minerals are required for growth, tissue repair, nerve function, metabolic actions and other vital bodily processes. Their true functions are represented by each letter of the word M-I-N-E-R-A-L-S.
M – maintain electrical impulses. Of the six essential nutrients, only the essential minerals provide electrical impulses. The electrical impulse is produced by electrolytes, the minerals in the blood and other body fluids that carry electric charge, either positive or negative. Their presence is evident in the tracings seen on the electrocardiogram (ECG) or electroencephalogram (EEG). Doctors only declare a person “dead” when no tracing (flat line) is noted.
I – improve muscle action. Without electrical stimulation, muscles cannot work efficiently. This is very evident on people who have suffered from stroke. The affected muscles are dysfunctional.
N – neutralize stress. According to Dr. Fereydoon Batmangelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, the number one stress to the human body is dehydration. The adult human body is composed of 70 percent water. In its shortage, the vital functions of water cannot occur and cause stress to the body. The calming effect of water is often observed when offering a glass of water to people who are emotionally stressed such as when in rage, in grief and nervous. Minerals help hydrate the cells and tissues adequately by regulating the amount of water inside and outside the cells. Shrinkage or edema of tissues occurs when there is excess or deficiency of minerals.
E – extract toxins out of the cells. Magnesium, an intracellular mineral, is a very effective detoxifying agent. It does not only eliminate the acidic metabolic wastes but also extracts and excretes chemical substances, heavy metals, pharmaceutical metabolites, and other toxic elements out of the body. This capability of minerals explains the occurrence of healing crisis in people who adopt the natural approach to manage their disease.
R – regulate water contents of the body. Various organs of the body are composed of different percentages of water. The brain is 75 percent water; the blood, 86 percent; the liver, 86 percent; the kidney, 83 percent; the fat tissue, 20 percent; and the bone, 22 percent water. The electrolytes are responsible for maintaining proper hydration of the organs.
A – activates enzymatic functions. If water is the liquid of life, minerals are the sparks of life. Minerals trigger the biochemical reactions in the body. They function like spark plugs in a gasoline-operated engine. Deficiency in minerals prevents efficient biochemical reactions that provide sufficient energy for the organs to function optimally.
L – load up to strengthen the immune system. Minerals such as magnesium, selenium and zinc are known to be potent immune boosters and infection fighters. They play critical roles in strengthening the capability of the white blood cells to destroy and eliminate pathogenic microorganisms that cause disease. These minerals inhibit viruses to enter the cell membranes and also increase the phagocytic capability of the white blood cells by as much as 300 percent. During this pandemic, I believe that mineral supplementation is a better option over vaccination in containing and conquering COVID-19 provided that you take the right quality and quantity of the supplement.
S- sustain cell life. If any of the aforementioned function does not happen efficiently, life cannot be sustained. Every function is very important to life at any age of the person.
The body does not produce minerals on its own, therefore it is necessary to get them through foods or supplementation. Typically, food is the best way to get minerals as they are more easily absorbable in this form than through supplements. Although eating a diet with a variety of organic fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and meats is a good way of getting minerals, meeting the body’s daily requirements for optimal health is very difficult today. Plants can no longer absorb minerals from the soil due to their depletion. The modern industrial farming methods have depleted the minerals in soils making it less and less mineral-rich compared to the past generations.
Mineral deficiency in soil was documented as early as 1936. Senate Document 264 presented during the Second Session, 74th U.S. Congress in June 1, 1936 declared this horrible state. Here are some excerpts of the document:
“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soil from which our food comes from are brought into proper mineral balance?... The alarming fact is that the foods - fruits, vegetables and grains – now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us no matter how much of them we eat. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them are not worth eating as food… 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.”
The lack of minerals in the foods that we eat was documented 85 years ago. Worse, we are not doing our best to replenish the lost minerals in the soils. Deforestation to accommodate the increase in human population has worsened the condition. The unhealthy lifestyle and poor dietary habits that we adopted further caused the deficiency. Intake of excess sugar, substance abuse such as alcohol and drugs, and medications aggravated the deficiency by diminishing the body’s ability to absorb adequate essential minerals and enjoy their health benefits.
Most of us prefer taking vitamins over minerals. Vitamins are present in virtually every food we eat. However, to properly enjoy the health benefits of vitamins, minerals are needed. Many health experts stress that minerals are more critical to health than vitamins and many serious illnesses can be directly traced to mineral deficiency. Vitamin deficiency is often easily cured with a rebalancing of diet and nutrition.
Timothy O’Shea, M.D., author of The Doctor Within, declared: “Without minerals, vitamins have little or no effect. Minerals are co-factors that trigger thousands of essential enzyme reactions in the body. No trigger, no reaction. Without enzyme reactions, caloric intake is meaningless and the same for protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake. Minerals trigger the vitamins and enzymes to act. A marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease.” Dr. Charles Northern further cited that in the absence of minerals, vitamins have no function. Lacking vitamins, the system can make use of the minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.
Each mineral plays a role in hundreds of physiologic functions. Deficiencies of any mineral can result to serious illness, structural weakness, internal dysfunction, and debilitating disease. There are a wide variety of health issues associated with mineral deficiencies such as muscle cramping, fatigue, digestive issues, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, anemia, premenstrual syndrome, decreased immunity, depression, poor memory and focus, and several others. Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of Magnesium Miracle, declared that we can suffer from more than 60 common medical conditions due to magnesium deficiency alone.
As a medical professional practicing over three decades, I have devoted half of it resolving illnesses by merely prescribing mineral supplements together with purified drinking water. I have witnessed amazing results especially from cases that most allopathic conventional medicine practitioners gave up on them. When a person is sick of a nutritional deficiency, no medication will resolve the problem. With the prevalence of mineral deficiency in a global scale, correcting the said deficiency is the most rational approach to alleviate the sufferings of humanity today.
There are various dietary supplement products available in the market today. Each product claiming its own to be the best. However, not all dietary supplements are created equal especially for mineral supplements. One must first be sure that the product is food-grade, fit for human consumption, right from its source. Some products are sourced from agricultural or industrial ingredients. Check for the manufacturer to ensure that the mineral supplement you purchase possesses the various certifications that assure it is truly food-grade. Some certifications include the Food and Drug Administration’s Certificate of Product Registration (FDA CPR), Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF), Jewish Kosher, and Islamic Halal, and also check for the company’s profile and reputation in the dietary supplement industry.
After more than a decade of its use, I personally recommend IONIQUE® Concentrated Mineral Drops as the mineral supplement of choice. It is actually the gold standard of what a mineral supplement should be. Mineral Resources International (MRI), the manufacturer based in Ogden, Utah, USA, guarantees that each drop of IONIQUE® Mineral Drops contains at least 72 quality 100-percent natural, potent, health-giving ionic macro- and trace minerals. Minerals are best absorbed and utilized by the body in their ionic state. This conforms with the declaration of Dr. Gary Price Todd that our body needs at least 60 trace minerals in order to maintain a disease- and ailment-free state.
For a period of more than 15 years, I have witnessed numerous patients recover from their chronic illnesses that synthetic medications were not able to resolve despite their prolonged intake. Worse, others claim that their medical conditions worsened because of the adverse effects brought about by these chemicals. So, if you are one of the individuals who are also experiencing the same, I strongly believe that it is a high time that you begin taking food-grade mineral supplements to achieve your long sought for solution to your physical woes.
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