I am excited today to have a guest post from Mercola.com, the world's #1 natural health website! I have visited the Mercola site many times as a great resource for natural health information. They cover everything from nutrition and fitness, to the health of your pets and home.
My hubby and I have been working hard lately to be healthier and care for the bodies God has given us. It's definitely a challenge, but great to have resources to guide us along the way. One of the biggest changes we have made is the way we eat. We have started eating fresh, organic foods and cutting out processed sugary foods. It sure makes a big difference!
What are some things you do to keep you and your family healthy?
The following article from Mercola.com discusses how what we eat is so important. If we aren't getting the proper vitamins and minerals it can be detrimental to our health. This is especially true of our children. Here's some great tips on how to take control of your child's health and make sure they are getting the proper nutrition through what they eat or even through supplementing!
Why Your Child May Be Deficient in Minerals
Many people may suffer from a certain type of deficiencyin minerals, such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium, and have no idea that they do. Each of these minerals support an important function in your body, and having insufficient levels can give way to certain symptoms.
Unfortunately, these deficiencies can also happen in children. One of the most common reasons why this occurs is the quality of food you and your kids eat.
Mineral Deficiency Through Diet
Many children prefer eating processed food, such as fast food and soda, to eating healthful whole foods.
Advertisements deceive you by saying that these products are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Such products contain synthetic varieties of nutrients as well as artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, and other additives. They may also contain high amounts of calories, trans fat, and sugar, which all contribute to poor health.
On the other hand, other types of diet, like vegetarian/vegan diet and high-grain diets, can lower levels of trace minerals in your body. For instance, these diets have low zinc bioavailability because of their high amounts of phytic acids, which can impair absorption.
The Role of Soil in Supplying Minerals
While processed food is a poor nutrition source, whole foods may also be at risk for delivering inadequate nutrition.
Eating foods cultivated from mineral-deficient soil is a huge problem. Commercial or large-scale farming practices, like monocropping (the process of planting huge areas of land with the same crop year after year), deplete the soil of essential minerals.
According to an article in Time World, 40 percent of the world’s soil used for agriculture is categorized as degraded or seriously degraded. Because of unsustainable practices, the world is losing its fertile topsoil at a rate 10 to 40 times the rate it can be replenished.
The soil is also losing the microorganisms that make it better at nurturing crops and store water and nutrients. These beneficial microbes require carbon to survive, but they become deprived of it because of chemical fertilizer use, overgrazing, genetically modified crops, and other commercial farm practices.
It’s not a mystery why whole foods are depleted of minerals and why even whole foods are causing suboptimal health. One solution is to support farmers who use sustainable methods of cultivation. Organic food possesses a higher concentration of essential minerals that can promote proper body function. The cost of organic produce may be higher, but it’s a wise investment for your family’s well-being.
What Causes Ineffective Mineral Absorption?
It is possible that you are consuming adequate amounts of mineral dietary sources but are not absorbing them effectively. This can depend on your digestive health, specifically on your stomach’s supply of hydrochloric acid (HCL). Some minerals – such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium – are dependent on your body’s supply of HCL, and may not be absorbed effectively with low levels of HCL.
Several reasons for decrease in the production of HCL include use of certain medications, like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Research has shown that PPIs inhibit the absorption of minerals, such as magnesium and iron. ACE inhibitors and thiazide diuretics can also deplete your body of trace minerals.
In order to avoid the use of medications in the first place, you need to optimize your and your children’s health. While drugs are manufactured to relieve disorders, they also have side effects on your health, specifically your digestive health, and may disrupt the natural healing capability of your body.
About the Author:
Adrienne Razon is a writer from Mercola.com. She has written numerous articles about nutrition and fitness. At the moment, she is researching zinc deficiency symptoms in children and how this deficiency can be prevented.