In my opinion, minerals are one of the most important facets of nutrition. Some of the ones I have covered in the past are sulphur, calcium and magnesium. There are many others that are just as important as these three and literally dozens we just need trace amounts of. Minerals are responsible for so many functions in our body like muscle function, bowel movements, heart health, circulation, red blood cell production, bone health. Everything function that goes on in your body, relies on minerals as either a major part of the process, or at least as a co factor. We really can’t live without them.
Mass farming, where we get the majority of our foods from, has unfortunately depleted the soil of many of these trace elements. When a plant grows in soil rich in a given mineral, the plant becomes rich in that mineral. If the soil is depleted of a given mineral, the food can not be expected to contain that mineral. Quite simple really. The only ones being reintroduced to the soil in most farms are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. The three which promote healthy growth of plants. So there really is no need to supplement with these three at all. I’ve never met anyone who is deficient of them.
So the question is, how do we get these minerals back into our diet? Do we take a pill for calcium, one for iron, one for magnesium, one for sulphur etc? Sounds crazy, which of course it is. The effects on your body would actually be disastrous, not to mention the effect on your bank account!
The real answer to this conundrum is Azomite. Azo-what? Yes Azomite! I have asked numerous people over the past few weeks if they have heard of it and not one person I asked had. Yet it is one of the greatest supplements out there, containing in excess of 70 trace minerals.
This stuff works in a number of ways to help your body. Firstly, having so many minerals in it, it’s just great insurance against developing a mineral deficiency. Most of us as crazy runners, are using up our mineral reserves at a faster rate than the average person and far faster than we can replenish our supplies. In cases like this, supplementation is the only real answer.
A major part of Azomite is a clay particle known as montmorillonite clay. Clay tends to be a potent detoxifying agent as it is negatively charged. Many pathogens in the body have a positive charge, so are attracted to these negatively charged particles, enabling the body to get rid of them far more efficiently.
Most of the suppliers of Azomite powder will advise you to apply it to the soil that your fruits and vegetables are growing in to enrich the soil. But some nutritionists advise that you take a heaped teaspoon in a glass of water daily as a supplement. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this stuff and the price is great too. You can generally get about 4-5kg of it for under $30.
Give it a try, either on your veggie patch or in the water and let me know how you go with it. I think it’s great stuff!