Minerals and You

Minerals are important to our health and well being.

So much so in fact, that if we had none in our body's system, quite frankly our body would die!

So, just what are they?

Calcium.

Chloride.

Magnesium.

Phosphorus.

Potassium.

Sodium.

Sulfur.

We know you’re time is valuable so we’ll cut to the chase.

Answering the question, they're an inorganic chemical element that the body needs for healthy growth and metabolism.

They're also involved in making hormones and enzymes.

These elements are just as important as vitamins, and in fact they work together with your vitamins to perform many important bodily functions such as bone formation, heart function and digestion.

Many of these minerals are naturally brought into the food chain of plants and animals through the soil, and the inorganic chemical element content of soil varies from region to region, often leached out through poor farming methods.

Some experts believe that the soil in many agricultural areas is so depleted of these vital nutrients that natural supplements are necessary to ensure the body gets its adequate supply of these natural, yet essential elements.

I'd like to explain that the distinction between minerals and trace elements are simply the daily amount that your body needs.

If you need over 100 mg of a particular element it is considered a min-er-al - or macro-min-er-al.

Anything less, and it's considered a trace element.

So, with this new-found knowledge you may be wondering what to have for lunch or dinner;

Tuna Salad Surprise

You'll love this unique way of preparing a tuna salad with no mayonnaise!

It's perfect for a light dinner or lunch.

And full of minerals and nutrients.

Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 6-1/2 oz. cans of light (in water) tuna, drained

1/4 c. finely diced celery

3 Tbs. chopped walnuts

3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

1/4 c. finely minced onion

Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste

1 med. head romaine lettuce, chopped

1 small tomato, seeds and excess pulp removed and chopped

Dressing:

3 med. cloves garlic pressed

1 Tbs. prepared Dijon mustard

1 tsp. honey

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

4 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

1/4 c. sunflower seeds

4 oz. silken tofu

1/2 tsp. Italian herbs

2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

*Small amount of water to thin if necessary

Preparation;

Mince onions and press garlic and let sit for 5-10 minutes to bring out their health-promoting benefits.

Blend dressing ingredients in blender adding oil a little at a time at end (to incorporate.)

Blend well to make sure sunflower seeds are ground.

Mix tuna, celery, walnuts, parsley, onion, salt and pepper.

Mix desired amount of dressing with tuna mixture.

Serve on bed of chopped romaine lettuce with chopped tomato.

Makes 2 Servings

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