Have you ever noticed how TV ads for breakfast cereal always mention vitamins and minerals? But when you think of minerals, food isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, is it? Aren’t minerals something you find in the earth, like iron and quartz?
Well, yes, but small amounts of some minerals are also in foods. And our bodies need them. Lots of them.
Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. Our body uses minerals to carry out lots of different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat.
Which ones do we need?
The body needs different amounts of each mineral. Different people have different requirements, according to their age, sex, state (e.g. pregnancy) and sometimes their health. So there’s no ‘one size fits all’.
Essential minerals are sometimes divided up into major minerals (macrominerals) and trace minerals (microminerals). These two groups of minerals are equally important, but trace minerals are needed in smaller amounts than major minerals.
Here’s a guide to macrominerals:
Nerves and muscles
Nerves and muscles
Healthy bones and teeth; helps muscles relax and contract; important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system
Healthy bones and teeth; found in every cell.
Found in bones; needed for making protein, muscle contraction, nerves, immune system.
DNA, cell damage, skin, tendons, ligaments
Part of a molecule (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells that carries oxygen in the body; needed for energy metabolism
Part of many enzymes; needed for making protein and genetic material; taste perception, wound healing, normal fetal development, production of sperm, normal growth and sexual maturation, immune system health
Found in thyroid hormone, helps control growth, development, and metabolism
Antioxidant, cell damage
Part of many enzymes; needed for iron metabolism
Part of many enzymes
Involved in formation of bones and teeth; helps prevent tooth decay
Works closely with insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels
Part of some enzymes
Other trace nutrients known to be essential in tiny amounts include nickel, silicon, vanadium, and cobalt.
Sounds like a pharmacy, doesn’t it?
Our bodies are quite tough, we don’t generally fall down dead if we don’t eat enough molybdenum. But when people don’t get enough of these important minerals, they can develop health problems. For instance, too little calcium — especially when you’re a kid — can lead to weaker bones.
How do we get them?
We should get enough from a healthy diet. But lots of people don’t eat such a healthy diet – do your kids eat broccoli? Do you? And our soil is lacking in some minerals these days too. Did you know that Popeye would need to eat ten times as much spinach to get the same amount of iron as when he was first on our screens? That’s why some minerals are added to cereals and other foods.
We can get minerals from various foods but, as usual, red meat, dairy, pulses (peas, beans etc) and those diet superstars, green leafy veg top the list. So vegetarians and vegans need to pay special attention to minerals.
We can also take good quality supplements to make sure that we get enough. Forever Living has a whole range of supplements which contain minerals:
Vitolize (men and women)
Forever Calcium (there’s a clue in the name!)
Our amazing Aloe Drinks
and, of course Forever Nature-Min.
To find out more about how you can make sure that you and your family are getting the right essential minerals, just take a look:
Hint – it’s not the delicious taste. Some people find that a bit of a challenge! So what are the benefits of drinking aloe vera?
Like millions of others across the world, I start my day with a shot of goodness. I drink aloe vera gel because I know how good it is for my:
skin (inside and out)
Hair, nails and skin (especially skin)
Aloe vera is very special on skin. It actually penetrates into your skin, carrying all its goodness into the very lowest layers. So it gets into the bloodstream faster. This is really beneficial inside the body, because our insides are covered in skin too.
Nutrition, energy, immune system, gut
So aloe is good many areas but especially the digestive system and the gut. And helps lots of people with digestive complaints. This is one of the main reasons people start drinking aloe vera. It helps to clean out the gut which also boosts the immune system as 70% of our immune system is in our gut. Immune problems are the second reason many people drink aloe vera.
This cleansing action helps us to absorb more nutrients from our food. So we have more energy and our skin, nails and hair all benefit. They’re stronger, shinier and grow faster. And we feel better, with more energy.
Our joints have their own kind of shock absorbers. There’s a cushion of fluid which helps lubricate them so that we can run, jump, and move freely. As we get older, this fluid thickens and becomes less effective – a bit like old engine oil. Aloe helps to keep it working properly.
Forever Living have four varieties of aloe vera drinking gel. Plain gel, with its interesting taste, is almost entirely composed of the inside of the plant. Berry Nectar has added cranberry and apple juice and Peaches has peach juice. They all have pretty much the same benefits, but taste slightly different, tangy, fruity or sweet. The fourth member of the family is Forever Freedom, with an orange flavour. This also has added chondroitin, glucosamine and MSM, and these are all recommended for healthy joints. Cartilage in particular. Because of this, it’s ideal for anyone who’s a little older or has joint problems. But also for athletes, dancers etc. Anyone who puts a regular strain on their joints.
Why Forever Living Drinking Gels?
These drinking gels (not juices) are unique. In most countries, they are the only gels on the market. To be classed as a gel, they have to contain at least 85% aloe vera. They’re not processed at high temperature or charcoal filtered. So they are what comes out of the middle of a plant with no damage to the delicate balance of ingredients.
But they not only allow you to absorb more nutrients from your food. They contain a massive range of nutrients themselves – vitamins, minerals, amino-acids, cleansing compounds, minerals and trace elements. A lot of these are really lacking in many people’s diets.
That’s another reason people drink aloe vera. They want to feel great and run at 100% every day. So which one do you choose?