We posted a while ago on the importance of electrolytes for remaining mineralized- a shocking 90% of Americans are demineralized, leading to an abundance of disease and illness.
There are other minerals your body needs to function well, albeit in smaller quantities than electrolytes. They are called ‘trace minerals.’ All of them participate in key chemical processes going on within your body.
8 Key Trace Minerals Your Body Needs
Here is a list of trace minerals your body needs. We’ve included with each electrolyte its role in the body and some foods that you can eat to make sure you’re getting it.
What it does: helps transport oxygen to the body,
Foods containing it: squash and pumpkin seeds, liver, shellfish, nuts, red meat, beans and lentils, whole grains, dark leafy greens, soy, dark chocolate.
What it does: assists in producing thyroid hormones,
Foods containing it: iodized table salt, seaweed, cod, milk, seafood
What it does: Maintains enzyme functioning, nutrient absorption, wound healing, and bone development
Foods containing it: seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grains, tofu, beans, spinach, tea
What it does: assists in metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, assists in metabolism of insulin
Foods containing it: meat, eggs, seafood, wheat germ, apples, banana, spinach
What it does: participates in bone and connective tissue production, helps to code enzymes, eliminates free radicals
Foods containing it: seafood, kale, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, avocadoes, goat cheese, tempeh
What it does: ensures function of thyroid gland, protect against free radicals
Foods containing it: brazil nuts, seafood, fish, whole wheat bread, seeds, meat, whole grains
What it does: act as a catalyst for enzymes, facilitates break down of amino acids in body
Foods containing it: legumes, cereals, leafy vegetables, liver
What it does: boosts immune system, builds proteins, triggers enzymes, creates dna, acts as neurotransmitter
Foods containing it: seafood, spinach, seeds, cashews, chocolate, beans, mushrooms
Am I demineralized?
As each trace mineral serves a different function, the symptoms of demineralization will depend on the mineral that is absent, and to what extent. A blood test will determine what deficiencies you have with certainty, but some are more common, particularly Iron and Iodine.
If you discover that you are demineralized, be glad you found out! You can reap the benefits of mineralization by eating a diet rich in the foods listed above. Mineral supplements can also help address an electrolyte deficiency, but are no substitute for a healthy diet.
One way to ensure that you are getting a steady dose of trace minerals is drinking Santevia Mineralized Alkaline Water. Santevia water contains trace minerals, giving you a leg-up on your mineralization needs.
Remaining mineralized and hydrated costs pennies a day and can ensure that you feel great and function at your best. To find out Santevia’s range of products for creating mineralized, alkaline water, click here.
This post was written by Chris Herron