zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium. These minerals are necessary for many functions in your body, like fluid balance, sustenance of bones and teeth, muscle health and contractions, and nervous system function. Minerals are also crucial for making enzymes and hormones.
Since almost everyone knows about the most common minerals like calcium and iron, this month, I will be focusing on the importance of the minerals that are as important, but we do not hear as often such as Selenium. Selenium, this amazing nutrient is vital to your health. It is an essential trace mineral. This means your body must get this mineral in the food you eat. Health benefits of selenium include:
A daily multivitamin is not the best way to get most of your vitamins and minerals. Unless you suffer from a medical condition or are taking a medication that could lead to a deficiency or excess of a mineral; you should try to get most of your minerals from the food you eat. For the most part, it's not difficult to get enough amounts of these minerals from the foods you eat, and as long as you eat organic and healthy balanced diet, you should be getting enough of all essential nutrients. Let 's look at the foods which contain these vital nutrients:
The amount of selenium in vegetarian foods can vary depending on the selenium content of the soil in which they were grown. Quite a few reliable studies indicate that organic foods have substantially more minerals, as much as 90 percent more compared with nonorganic foods. Therefore, to obtain more selenium and other minerals from vegetarian sources, eat organic foods whenever possible.
Stay tuned next week I will be posting about the next mineral: Magnisium
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.