Minerals

Since our bodies don’t manufacture minerals, we have to get them from plants grown in mineral-rich soil or from the meat of animals that eat these plants. That has worked well throughout much of our history.

But since the advent of modern agriculture, the…

Since our bodies don’t manufacture minerals, we have to get them from plants grown in mineral-rich soil or from the meat of animals that eat these plants. That has worked well throughout much of our history.

But since the advent of modern agriculture, the soil is not as mineral-rich as it once was. This has been shown in several studies, including a widely cited British analysis comparing nutrient data collected in the 1960s with data from the late 1990s. Among the 40 foods that were analyzed, most showed a steady decline in the amount of seven key minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Even if the soil was brimming with the minerals you need for good health, it’s likely that you still wouldn’t be getting enough, especially if you eat a typical Western diet. To meet your body’s mineral requirements, you would need to eat a wide variety of whole, minimally processed foods each and every day. Most people don’t eat nearly the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables or whole grains.

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