With a ton of information out there about the importance and health benefits of vitamins, essential minerals and an alkaline diet, it can sometimes be a bit confusing to know what is the most appropriate course of action for you and your body.
Many people these days due to a busy lifestyle, convenience or simply through a lack of knowledge opt to take vitamin and mineral supplements. Although these can be beneficial, the key is to remember that supplements, in fact, are intended to be just that.
Nothing beats vitamins and essential minerals in their unprocessed natural form with some of the best sources coming from the fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts straight from nature's table.
So with this background information in mind, let's now take a closer look at a few of these natural alkaline and essential minerals...
What Are Essential Minerals?
The most important essential minerals which can help promote healthy pH balance are calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, and phosphorus.
Often in the body, these minerals are complementary pairs. As an example, the body needs calcium and sodium for muscle contraction and magnesium for muscle relaxation.
These minerals are vital and must be in balance in order to ensure good health. In fact, so crucial are they to the proper functioning of the body, without these essential minerals, the brain, muscles, nerves, and other body parts simply won't work properly.
The control of the calcium concentration in the body's cells is largely maintained by sodium. These minerals work harmoniously together and are all critical in keeping your body, organs, and tissue pH balanced.
Numerous factors such as age, pollution, stress, diet, etc. diminish the body's store of them; so rendering it more difficult for the body to remove acidic waste. Over time this can result in excess levels of acidity and tipping your pH levels out of balance.
In addition to nourishing our bodies with all they need in order to function properly and perform at their best, these particular minerals can also help with getting your pH balance to a healthy level...
Magnesium plays an important role in most bodily electrochemical reactions. It works with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to assist in the production of energy in the body's cells. It also plays a part in the synthesis of nucleic acids and the transportation of vitamins over cell membranes.
If supplies of this essential mineral are insufficient then many bodily functions are disrupted, resulting in less energy. In cases of severe magnesium deficiency, there is often muscle weakness, tremors, and even depression.
The essential mineral calcium helps maintain the body's acid/alkaline balance and plays a very important role in the cardiovascular system. Calcium in electrolytes takes part in enzymatic reactions, which assist heart function, regulate blood pressure, and osmotic pressure in many body cells. It also assists with the neutralisation of toxic acidic compounds that amass in blood and cells as a result of poor diet and pollution. Without enough calcium, the body finds it harder to keep the best acid/alkaline balance. This results in joint aches, muscle pain, lowered energy levels, and greater susceptibility to illness.
Along with magnesium and calcium, potassium provides cells with energy to absorb essential nutrients. Potassium does this by stimulating the enzymatic reactions that control the growth and development of muscle tissues.
One reason for zinc's importance is its role in the health of the white blood cells; so important in fighting infections and a strong immune system. Another important task of this essential mineral is its part in the regeneration cells.
The body is largely made up of water, around 75%, dependent on the ratio of muscle to fat. About two-thirds of that water is in the body's cells and a third outside of the body's cells. This water is in what is called extracellular fluids, blood for example. The principal electrolyte in the extracellular fluid is sodium and while there, sodium is very important in the maintenance of the extracellular fluid.
Additionally, sodium is important in nutrient absorption, the maintenance of good cognitive function, in the transmission of nerve impulses, and, as we saw before, in the contraction of muscles.
Phosphorus is an element which has great importance for our health. In our bodies, the vast majority of the phosphorus is in molecules with oxygen, resulting in what is called phosphates. Phosphates are electrolytes and very important for proper hydration.
Phosphorus is important in the structure of nucleic acids and cell membranes, as well a playing a part in the production of the body's energy.
Phosphorus and calcium help regulate each other. Together, they are very vital for the health of the bones.
Interestingly, vitamin D, from exposure to the sun, plays an important part in the correct absorption of phosphorus by the body.
Natural Sources of Essential Minerals
One of the best things you can do for your health, wellbeing and pH balance is to eat a balanced diet with plenty of green vegetables like kale, spinach, or broccoli.
To ensure that you’re providing your body with adequate vitamins and essential minerals for good health, increase the amount of greens that you eat in your diet.
If you don't already, try adding a raw, green salad to meals or start your day with an alkalizing green smoothie, which includes plenty of dark leafy vegetables in the mix.
Also, go nuts for nuts! Many nuts, such as almonds, pistachio, pecan, and even peanuts contain calcium and other essential minerals. So do many seeds; good sources being pumpkin, sesame, chia, and celery seeds.
The average "western diet" with its typical predomination of highly-processed acidic food products can lead to dietary deficiencies and some serious chronic health issues.
So, the best thing you can to do counter excess acidity, optimise the body’s pH levels and boost your intake of vitamins and essential minerals is to eat more natural foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Natural Alkaline Minerals
There are two natural alkaline minerals, Phosphate and Bicarbonate, which, when used in appropriate amounts, can offset acidic load during exercise, improve oxygen delivery for improved performance, and more.
What Is Phosphate?
When phosphorus combines with oxygen, we get phosphates. Phosphates are the most common form of phosphorus in the body. One of them, ATP (adenosine triphosphate), is plays a key role in the provision of energy to the body.
As a molecule, ATP is a combination of adenosine, which is an organic compound, with three molecules of phosphate. When the bond connecting one phosphate molecule and the adenosine molecule is broken, there is a release of energy that causes activity in cells. This process occurs very quickly, so the body only has small quantities of ATP at any particular time.
Phosphorus is an important part of DNA and RNA, important molecules carrying genetic information used in protein, the bodybuilding material. Without a good supply of phosphorus, the manufacture of body protein is retarded, which has unfortunate consequences for health.
Phosphate is a buffer for acid. This means it neutralises acids thus helping the maintenance of normal blood pH.
The list of things that the body uses phosphates for is a long one. Phosphates are components of enzymes that are important in the body. Most of us have heard of the importance of hormones, one of their roles is the control of phosphates.
What Is Bicarbonate?
There are numerous bicarbonates. They all have the molecule HCO3, which means their molecules include a molecule with one atom of hydrogen, one of carbon, and three of oxygen.
Body cells produce carbon dioxide as waste. In the blood, this is swiftly changed to the bicarbonate ion. Once the blood carries this to the lungs, another conversion to carbon dioxide occurs, which is then released during breathing.
Bicarbonate has many other uses in the body.
In addition to assisting the carbonic acid bicarbonate buffer system, bicarbonate has numerous health applications, which range from a simple toothpaste and skin cleanser to medical treatment for certain serious illnesses.
How Phosphate & Bicarbonate Work Together In Phenoh Products
There are three major buffer systems in the human body. These are the carbonic acid bicarbonate buffer system, the phosphate buffer system, and the protein buffer system.
Phosphate is what is called a urinary buffer. The reason for this is the phosphate leaves the body in the urine after it has done its work.
It works with bicarbonate in the regulation of blood pH and plays an important part in other energy production as well.
As an example, when the body adapts to changes in altitude, the role of phosphate is to ensure that sufficient oxygen is delivered to the body, allowing it to perform optimally.
Extra phosphate can increases aerobic as much as 10% in elite sportspeople in endurance events, when measured with VO2 Max.
Bicarbonate is a buffer but is different from phosphate. As we saw earlier, bicarbonate is a respiratory buffer. It is the most important mineral buffer, which regulates blood pH.
The mechanism by which this is done is very complicated. However, the idea is simple: as the blood becomes more acidic, bicarbonate neutralises the extra acid and takes it to the lungs for exhalation as carbon dioxide. It has been shown that when bicarbonate consumption is increased that significant improvements in athletic performance can be attained.
All Phenoh products have been designed with a unique combination of natural esssentail minerals to ensure that the phosphate and bicarbonate buffers work well together for maximum benefit.
What About Hydration?
You may wonder how these important micronutrients help hydration. As you probably know, adequate hydration means getting sufficient fluid into the body with essential minerals and vitamins to maintain body functions at an optimal level. Sufficient water consumption and enough essential minerals go hand in hand when it comes to health and performing at your best.
By now you probably realise that the importance and complexity of essential minerals in terms of how they help the body function and affect health. Having the correct amounts through a good diet accompanied with careful hydration brings many benefits.
- Natural Alkaline & Essential Minerals Are Key To The Body's Functioning & Health
- The Best Sources Of Essential Minerals Come From Plant-Based Foods
- Phosphate & Bicarbonate Complement Essential Minerals & Work Together To Regulate Blood pH Balance
- Sufficient Hydration & Essential Minerals Provide Numerous Health & Performance Benefits
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