We need minerals in every cell in out body to make it work. When the minerals are not in balance we become ill.
Minerals come from two different categories - Major minerals and trace minerals.
You have probably already worked out by the name of the groups that we need a lot more of the major minerals than we do of the trace minerals. We only need a little bit of the trace minerals.
Major minerals are sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulphur, also spelt sulfur.
Trace minerals are iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, fluoride, chromium and molybdenum.
Trace minerals needed in even smaller amounts are cobalt, vanadium, nickel and silicon.
Where do Minerals come from?
Minerals come from the soil. When plants grow they use the minerals to help them grow. When we eat vegetables or fruit we eat the minerals that are in that plant. Each plant uses different minerals so we need to eat different vegetables and fruit to gain a variety of minerals for out body.
When we eat meat we are also consuming minerals because the animal whose flesh we are eating ate plants to grow.
Calcium and Magnesium
We know that calcium is needed to make our bones strong. Calcium is also in every cell in our body and holds the cells together.
In our western diet we consume a lot of milk in the form of flavoured milks, yoghurt, cream and butter or ice cream. We don't have much magnesium. Soil is generally deficient in magnesium so plants can't use it as they grow. Therefore we become deficient in it.
Calcium has a relationship with Magnesium. They must have a certain ratio to each other to be in balance. The ratio can be 1:1, that is, 1 part calcium to one part magnesium, or 1:2, that is 1 part calcium to 2 parts magnesium.
Magnesium is the anti stress mineral. We get stressed when we don't get enough of it. It protects our arteries, nerves, muscles and bones and helps the circulation of our blood.
Foods that contain magnesium are green leafy vegetables, broccoli, nuts, especially almonds, seeds, especially pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, and beans.
It is a good idea to take a supplement of magnesium as it is unlikely we will get enough of it in our diet. Take at least 400-800mg a day for an adult and 50-400mg for children and teens. It is recommended to take 8mg per kg (2lbs) of body weight.
Taking magnesium can help us relax, sleep better, be less anxious, and ease cramps or spasms in our body.
Other articles about minerals:
Major Supplements to Improve Your Health
Major benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium and Migraines
Colic is one of the biggest problems parents have with new babies.
Colic is when babies have air that is trapped in their digestive system. This can be in their stomach or in their bowels. This air can cause great pain in these poor little babies.
For decades Gripe water has been a favourite natural remedy used by Mums. It helps release the air from the stomach.
I have a theory that may help. This has been formulated from decades of experience with babies.
Let’s look at some background information first.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS is a great problem for many people throughout the world.
Symptoms of IBS are lots of
• wind in the bowel
• gut pain
In recent years researchers have found that people with IBS are adversely affected by different natural sugars in some foods, both fruit and vegetable. Therefore, if people with IBS avoid certain foods, these symptoms can lessen or be avoided.
Milk contains galactose, one of the sugars that can cause excessive wind, nausea and diarrhoea. Many years ago this was not as much of a problem as it is today. With the power of marketing, people are drinking lots of milk and eating milk products these days.
• coffee milk
• baby formula
and thousands of products that contain milk in their product.
Once babies were fed breast milk by their mothers. Those mothers did not have the amount of milk in their diet that mothers have today. In the last fifty years many babies were reared on baby formula, not their mother's milk. Baby formula is made from cow's milk which has specifically been produced to feed baby calves, not baby humans.
So I believe that one of the problems that babies suffer from a lot of colic is the milk they or their mother's drink. Lacteeze is a product that can convert the lactose in the milk into more digestible form. Adding these drops to the baby's formula or before a feed from their mother if she has lots of milk products, can ease colic in some babies.
Researchers have been working out which foods can affect people with IBS. Some people are affected by only one type of sugar while other may be affected by different combinations or all of the sugars.
When babies are started on solid food, it would make sense to me to start them on foods which are safe from these natural sugars which may affect them.
The gut of babies is very delicate. We care for their skin ever so carefully yet we do not consider their inner organs. These are even more delicate.
What foods are free from or very low in these natural sugars?
• lactose free milk products
Foods to beware of
Legumes, dried beans, lentils, green peas, sweet corn, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, milk and milk products, wheat and rye, onions and garlic
For more information about IBS check out the following articles.
• Why Goat's Milk is Good for YOU
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Low Energy May be Connected to FODMAPs
It is my idea that babies should not be started on solid food until they are at least 6 months. One of my children was 12 months old before he had any food except breast milk. He thrived.
I have seen babies turn from happy healthy breastfed babies into neurotic screaming babies that were affected for years by the addition of cow’s milk to their diet. I have seen parents turn into sleepless wrecks by these babies and young children who were in such pain as a result of what the Western world would tell you was a good healthy diet. I therefore question general thought on the subject.
Always have your baby checked out by the medical profession if you think there is something wrong. There are doctors, maternal and child health care nurses and dietitians.
In the Alternative health field there are naturopaths and homeopaths and other professionals ready to help you. Do research yourself if you are not happy with their recommendations. Keep searching until you find the information you need to ease your baby. Happy baby, Happy parents.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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