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Body Oxygen
by Valerie Saxion, Ph.D., N.D., LamasBeauty Correspondent

Have you had all of your minerals today?

Have you had all of your minerals today? According to government research, the answer is probably no. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that average Americans consume only about 60 per cent of the essential minerals their bodies need. 'So what!' you say, 'I'm taking a multi-vitamin!' Guess what? Without sufficient amounts of minerals, you can't absorb your vitamins! Now that I (hopefully) have your attention, you're probably wondering which minerals are essential-after all, there are dozens of them out there.

Body Oxygen with Dr. Valerie Saxion Ph.D., N.D.
Dr. Valerie Saxion Ph.D., N.D.

So how about a top ten list-a sort of mineral beauty pageant. And the first winner is…

1) Calcium - with all of the warnings about osteoporosis, I know you've heard a lot about it. Calcium is absolutely vital for strong bones and teeth, but it does much more. It helps the body maintain a regular heartbeat, and aids in the transmission of nerve impulses. Calcium also naturally lowers bad cholesterol, helps prevent cardiovascular disease, and wards off muscle cramps. Now you know why mom wanted you to finish your milk!
2) Copper - if you're thinking pennies, you don't know the true value of this essential mineral. Copper aids in the formation of bone, hemoglobin, and red blood cells. It's also involved in the body's healing process and energy production and influences the color of skin and hair. It's required for healthy nerves and joints, and even influences your sensitivity to taste!
3) Iodine - not to be confused with the red stuff that your mom dabbed on your cuts and scrapes! Iodine is essential for mental and physical development-so much so, that if children are lacking in it, they could end up mentally challenged. Sufficient iodine is necessary for a healthy thyroid, and in trace amounts, iodine helps to metabolize excess fat. Deficiencies in it have been linked to breast cancer and are also associated with fatigue, neo-natal hypothyroidism, and weight gain.
4) Magnesium - if you suffer from PMS or depression, this mineral could be your magic bullet. Magnesium is a vital catalyst in enzyme activity-particularly the enzymes involved in the production of energy. It helps the body absorb calcium and potassium, and also helps prevent muscle weakness and twitching, while maintaining the body's proper PH balance. A deficiency of magnesium interferes with the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, resulting in irritability and nervousness.
5) Manganese - are you low in iron? Then manganese is a must-have. Minute quantities are required for the metabolism of protein and fat, healthy nerves, a healthy immune system, and proper regulation of blood sugar. The body also uses it to produce energy and it's required for normal bone growth, reproduction, the formation of cartilage and the production of synovial fluid--which lubricates the body's joints and tendons.
6) Phosphorus - this is one mineral that definitely contributes to glowing health! Phosphorus assists the body both in utilizing vitamins and converting food to energy. It's needed for bone and teeth formation and cell growth, and helps both heart and kidney function. Deficiencies can lead to anxiety, bone pain, fatigue, irregular breathing, irritability, numbness, skin sensitivity, trembling, weakness and weight changes!
7) Silicon - a mineral superhero! It helps the body to absorb calcium, and plays a major role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Since it counteracts the effects of aluminum, it's essential in the prevention of Alzheimer's Disease and osteoporosis. It also stimulates the immune system and inhibits the aging process in tissues.
8) Sodium - most foods contain it, but that doesn't lessen its importance. Sodium assists in regulating the body's water balance and blood PH. It helps maintain normal heart rhythm, and is necessary for proper stomach, nerve and muscle function.
9) Sulphur - think of it as the beauty mineral. Sulphur is not only necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue, but promotes healthy nails, skin and hair. It also disinfects blood, helps the body to resist bacteria, and protects the protoplasm of cells. Sulphur also slows down the aging process by protecting us from the harmful effects of radiation and pollution.
10) Zinc - last definitely doesn't mean least in this case. Zinc is essential for the normal growth and development of reproductive organs, and is required for normal prostate gland function. It protects the liver from chemical damage, promotes a healthy immune system, and assists in the healing of wounds. Symptoms of a deficiency include acne, fatigue, hair loss, cracking or peeling fingernails, recurring colds and flu and slow healing of wounds.

Well, there they are--the top ten. If the thought of taking handfuls of pills each day is a bit daunting, there are many ways to get your daily dose of minerals. One of the easiest methods I've found is to simply drink them down in a liquid. There are many different preparations available, including one made by my company, Silver Creek Labs. Our all-natural concentrated Collodial Minerals contain more than 70 collodial minerals per serving, and contain no synthetics, coloring or preservatives. If you'd like to learn more, just log onto our website at www.silvercreeklabs.com or call 800-493-1146.

Do you have a question or comment for Dr. Saxion? She'd love to hear from you. Please contact her using this form.

Dr. Valerie Saxion is one of America's most articulate champions of nutrition and spiritual healing. A 20 year veteran of health science in the natural foods arena. Her delightful communication style and charming demeanor will open your heart and mind to pearls of wisdom and life-saving advice - information critical for survival and prosperity in the 21st century. Dr. Saxion is the co-founder of Silver Creek Labs, a highly successful manufacturer and distributor of nutritional supplements and health products with a focus on oxygenation. She also co-developed Healing Celebrations Unlimited. The mother of seven healthy children, Dr. Saxion contributes greatly to Christian charities and to feeding the hungry.

To learn more about Dr. Saxion and Silver Creek Laboratories, visit her website at www.silvercreeklabs.com.

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