10 Ways Minerals Keep You Healthy
Mineral nutrients are naturally occurring chemical elements. They are present in every cell and body fluid and are critical to virtually every process in your body.
Minerals with well-defined biochemical functions include calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, although scientists believe that at least 25 mineral nutrients are essential to health. Here are just some of the good things minerals do for you.
1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure
Calcium, magnesium and potassium all help to regulate your blood pressure and heart rhythm. Sodium also affects your blood pressure, and it helps prevent blood clots. Iron and copper build hemoglobin in the blood, which transports oxygen to and from your cells.
2. Regulate Your Blood Sugar
Your body needs magnesium, along with the trace minerals chromium and vanadium, to convert blood sugar into energy, and magnesium is essential for normal insulin response.
3. Help Your Brain
4. Build Strong Bones and Teeth
Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, and so is magnesium, which helps your body absorb calcium. The trace minerals boron, selenium, copper, silicon, manganese and zinc also help build bone.
5. Help Relieve Stress
Magnesium is crucial in regulating your stress response, and magnesium deficiency has been linked to anxiety and depression.
6. Support Cell Processes
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) aids metabolism by transporting chemical energy within cells, and it's vital in many cellular processes, including cell movement and division, DNA repair and nervous system transmission. Magnesium processes ATP, and sodium and potassium together regulate it. Trace minerals such as iron, iodine, phosphorus and manganese are also active in cell metabolism.
7. Clear Waste From Your Body
Calcium and potassium promote healthy kidney function, and potassium and sodium work together to eliminate waste.
8. Support Muscle Strength
Electrolytes, the charged ions of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride, are lost through sweat, and low electrolyte levels lead to reduced muscle performance and cramping. Lack of iron can cause anemia, symptoms of which are muscle weakness and fatigue.
9. Balance Water in Your Cells
Your skin has a natural moisturizing factor (NMF) that attracts and binds water. NMF contains inorganic salts, including the chlorides, phosphates and citrates of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. These four minerals are natural humectants that support your skin's water balance.
10. Keep Your Skin Healthy
Magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium salts dissolve easily in the water they absorb, making them available to cells. They are thought to contribute to the cellular activities of strengthening cell membranes, preventing cell shrinkage and creating cell energy, allowing moisture to absorb and bind to skin more efficiently and healing dry skin.
Selenium and zinc protect your skin from harmful UV radiation, while zinc, along with copper and Vitamin C, helps develop elastin, which supports your skin's structure. Zinc and sulfur help clear up acne and heal wounds, strontium conditions and soothes skin, and iron is needed for normal cell development, including skin.
Treat Your Skin With the Mineral Moisture in Osmoter™
The water from the Dead Sea is the world's largest source of minerals, and it contains the salts of four of the most vital minerals -- calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium -- as well as zinc, iron, sulfur and strontium in smaller concentrations. AHAVA sources these minerals from Dead Sea water to make Osmoter™, a unique blend of minerals contained in all AHAVA products.
Osmoter™ uses the humectant properties of Dead Sea minerals to work like an osmotic pump, drawing moisture and nutrients from the skin's deep layers to the surface. This process hydrates your skin and makes it look young and supple. Osmoter™ also rebalances the distribution of naturally occurring minerals in the cells, optimizing cell metabolism and strengthening your skin against UV damage.
Nature provides everything your body needs. Be sure that your diet and skin care regimen contain all the minerals essential to your health and well-being.