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:

SodiumNerves and muscles
ChlorideStomach acid
PotassiumNerves and muscles
CalciumHealthy bones and teeth; helps muscles relax and contract; important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system
PhosphorusHealthy bones and teeth; found in every cell.
MagnesiumFound in bones; needed for making protein, muscle contraction, nerves, immune system.
SulfurDNA, cell damage, skin, tendons, ligaments

And microminerals:

IronPart of a molecule (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells that carries oxygen in the body; needed for energy metabolism
ZincPart 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
IodineFound in thyroid hormone, helps control growth, development, and metabolism
SeleniumAntioxidant, cell damage
CopperPart of many enzymes; needed for iron metabolism
ManganesePart of many enzymes
FluorideInvolved in formation of bones and teeth; helps prevent tooth decay
ChromiumWorks closely with insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels
MolybdenumPart 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:

Forever Kids

Forever Daily

Vitolize (men and women)

Forever Gin-Chia

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:


Our bodies are complex and amazing, minerals help keep them that way.


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:

  • hair
  • nails
  • skin (inside and out)
  • energy levels
  • immune system
  • joints
  • nutrition
  • gut

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.

Four varieties

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?

Take a look here, and get drinking!


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Simple tips for getting off to sleep quickly

Lots of people struggle with lack of sleep and insomnia.

Getting enough sleep is absolutely vital for health and wellbeing so if you’re surviving on less than the recommended 7-8 hours, have a read:


So what can you do if you have this problem?

The first step is getting off to sleep when you go to bed. Here are some tips:

The bedroom

  • cool down (no, not you, the room). Keep it a few degrees cooler than the rest of the house
  • have low lighting at bedtime – romantic and practical
  • no TV. Yes, I know, you want to binge watch in bed. But you really want to give your brain the message ‘This is sleep time’.
  • no laptop/phone/tablet. See above. Also too much blue light isn’t good for your eyes or your brain. Get an old-fashioned alarm clock!


  • relax – try a warm bath before bedtime, maybe with candles and your favourite soothing fragrance
  • no alcohol. It might seem that this helps you sleep. But it’s not good refreshing sleep. More of a stupor!
  • read a few pages of an actual book, not an ebook (that pesky blue light again).
  • try a brain dump. During the day, write down all your worries, however trivial or far-fetched. Have a to do list of small tasks, and check them off during the day. This can help reduce the overwhelm you often get when trying to sleep. Don’t take them to bed with you.
  • don’t have long lie-ins or lots of very late nights. Get a regular sleep habit. 7-8 hours is fine, 9-10 is not.

Products to help

lavender oil: use a diffuser with lavender oil, dab a little on the corner of your pillowcase or on a tissue. Lavender is famous for its relaxing properties.


heat lotion: massage a little into the soles of your feet, it’s warming and relaxing. This is also great for kids and anyone with the snuffles!


royal jelly: this can really help with stress, moods and hormone problems and these can all affect sleep.


See which one works best for you and get the rest you need to stay healthy. For more health and wellbeing products, take a look here:


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