Minerals are an
essential nutrient that cannot be made by the body or obtained in any
other way except from the environment. If you have enough minerals in
your system, it will keep your heart functioning, production of
necessary vitamins going, bones strong, pH at its proper level and
unwanted toxins out. Once upon a time, when people drank wild water and
did not acidify the air and soil by burning vast quantities of oil, it
may have been possible to get all the minerals you needed from food and
drink alone. Today it will almost always require a mineral supplement
of some form.
are often referred to as the "building blocks of life". To put it
another way, minerals are what we are made of. A deficiency in any
necessary minerals will result in disease. Different microbes or
parasites may be involved that give the disease a modern name, but the
root cause of the disease is not enough minerals to give the body the
strength and ability to resist invaders. The earth is a giant pile of
minerals, so they should not be excessively expensive.Minerals should
be obtained from a wide a variety of sources to get
as many different
kinds of minerals as possible.
suggest the following be combined to build a
full-array mineral supplement with companion nutrients:
A healthy young person could probably maintain
their health and fulfill their mineral requirements with a teaspoon to
a tablespoon of mixed minerals a day. A sick person or someone who is
trying to make up for years of deficient
foods and chemical medicines would probably need
more, such as a quarter cup a day. Start
in small doses whenever you introduce anything new to the diet and use
your own biofeedback to determine what is best for you. Always drink
plenty of water when you are taking mineral supplements. If you become
constipated after increasing the amount of minerals you are taking, you aren't drinking enough water and should add
added to the minerals to help make them more digestible and available
to the body. Your own body would supply the acids if you didn't include
them with the minerals, but mixing acids with minerals helps make the
process of chelating and using the minerals easier for the body.
Plant ashes, Garden fertilizer
-- 3 tablespoons
Tartaric acid (cream of tartar)
peel, camu-camu, paprika, mango
powder (amchoor), chili powder, cayenne powder, ginger and/or turmeric
-- 1 tablespoon (combined)
and/or Dessicated Liver
into gelatin capsules. Eat
tablespoons' worth a day for general maintenance and good health.
may want to start with a small amount and then gradually increase as
you are sure you are comfortable with it.
Can be increased
up to a quarter cup if you have serious health issues,
but make sure you drink plenty of water with it.
clay -- A good all-around source
of minerals that is easy to find.
- A good all-around source
of minerals that is easy to find.
ashes -- Full-array minerals
that are bio-active by being derived from life, includes trace minerals
plants took from soil
grade Epsom Salts - Less easy to find, but a good
source of magnesium which is often deficient in our food. Don't
substitute with Food or Medical grade epsom salts, which has been
processed ("purified" as they call it) so that all the other minerals
that should come with the magnesium have been removed (probably to be
sold separately.). Use something else instead (see Magnesium)
for sources. Bath grade epsom salts may be acceptable if they are pure
epsom salts mined from the ground with no additives. Too much magnesium
can cause diarrhea, so increase the amount of magesium slowly and then
reduce it if you start to get this reaction. But definitely include
some magnesium as this is one of the most deficient minerals in our
to get in the U.S. (it's the 20-mule team Borax in the
laundry aisle), this contains boron which is important for bone
strength and often deficient in our diets. Limit to 1/4 teaspoon per
day dosage, however.
good source of trace minerals, can be bought online.
acid, Citric acid or Tartaric acid - Minerals need acids to
function properly in the body. Your body can supply many of these
acids, but it is good to add some more to be sure. Citric and ascorbic
acid are both very good at making minerals work right in the body, and
citric and ascorbic have the added advantage of being part of the Vitamin C
complex. Ground black pepper and ground cayenne pepper are also a good source of chelating acids.
- Will enhance the activity of the acids, making minerals more
"bio-active", or usable by your body.
- An enzyme needed to make ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) which our bodies
Isn't there any
other way to take them?
Take them any way that
convenient for you. Mixed with beef
tallow will create the stearate version of the mineral. Mix with honey
or jam if you like. You can make them into pills by pressing them into
molds (see my page on making magnesium lactate pills here). or mix with gelatine or
jello to make "jello shots".
I prefer the gelatin capsule route. I
pack everything into gelatine capsules now. I used to mix them with
liquid food acids and slow-cook to chelate them
and then pack them into
pill mold forms, but they were too difficult to swallow. Two things I
am considering and will experiment with when I get a round tuit are:
(1) Mixing the minerals mixture with soft tallow and putting that into
the pill mold forms That should be easier to swallow. The tallow is
stearic acid, so that will chelate the minerals. (2) Making a thick
jel from bones such as pigs' feet or oxtail and then mixing the
minerals into that and letting it set, basically making a mineral
"jello shot", which I hear goes down very easily.
There Any Other Minerals Sources
You Could Use?
If you are aware you have a
one mineral and not another, you may want to add or substitute some
other minerals sources, or you may find it easier to get one type of
mineral source rather than another. Soil, dirt and clay are all
composed mainly of minerals and you can forage for them and then treat
them to sterilize them.
Other Sources And
meal. Good source of calcium
and phosphorus to balance the magnesium and sulfate if you're taking
epsom salts. Calcium works with magnesium; phosphorus works with
sulfur. Bone meal is primarily calcium and phosphorus. Epsom salts are
primarily magnesium and sulfur. Together they provide a balanced source
of the major minerals and, if derived from a natural, non-synthetic
source, will also provide varied trace minerals.
Can be ordered
online. Not sold for internal consumption but if
it says "pure calamine" it is powdered
zinc with a little iron (which is what makes it pink).
Zinc is especially good for healing wounds
and male fertility.
Chalk Make sure it doesn't have any
colors or perfumes in it. You can also use grip chalk from an athletic
supply store. Plain chalk is magnesium carbonate or magnesite.
Gray and black powder and
small pieces left behind after a garden or campfire. This is ash and
charcoal. Ordinary wood or
plant charcoal is similar to activated charcoal. Charcoal can also be
purchased in the aquarium department of pet stores to use in water
(the dirt in the ground) Find some area of land that has not been
exposed to chemicals, preferably under tall trees whose leaves are left
to decompose on the soil and dig there. Let dry and sift out pebbles. I
have three sources. One:
I picked up some red earth in Devon (which is supposed to be very high
in iron). I let it dry for several months to be sure all that was
living in it got out and then blended it. I take it in capsules but I
tasted it and it actually did taste sweet. I guess that's what they
mean when they say some soil is sweet. Two: After I scooped up the gray
powder from the fire, I took what what left of the ash and charcoal
mixed with the upper layer of soil. Three, some dirt by a river that
was kindly dig up by moles and left deposited neatly in piles on the
another type of dirt. I order it online. You can also get red desert
clay in the US. I believe the clay is from the Mojave Desert in the US.
NASA uses it for the astronauts to prevent mineral loss from bones in
space. If you use green clay you can reduce the amount of acids needed
because it is already partially chelated by the kelp in in it.
supposed to be available free from the silt ponds at gravel sites.
Lugol's solution which I either drop onto vitamin D tablets and add to
powdered kelp or I mix with French green clay (which has some kelp in
it). I pack either into gelatin capsules. I ordered the
Ordered online. If I lived near the shore I would gather it when it is
washed ashore and let it dry and when it is dry, put it through the
blender to powder it. If you use kelp, you can reduce the amount of
acids needed because it is already chelated.
Foraged from the ground about a foot deep in the soil, in old woods
that are undisturbed. Trees bring up minerals from the earth and
deposit them in their leaves, so fine leaf mulch will have a lot of
"deep-down" trace minerals. Put it through the blender to make it finer
and either pack it in capsules or mix it with food if it is palatable
Also called "sal mirabile" or miracle salt. It's used as an herb in
Chinese Traditional Medicine and as part of the process that results in
making DMSO. I can order it online at a CTM site but it's too expensive
so it may be processed. I understand it can be found in its natural
state in the Great Salt Lake in Utah; Trona, California and the Mammoth
Cave Plateau in Kentucky.
to make tofu. This is magnesium chloride but be sure to get nigari made
in China because the nigari usually sold is from Japan
which synthesizes it.
can find a source you are sure is made from wood ash and not purified).
You can make your own by burning wood or plant material that you know
does not contain chemicals in a pot and collecting the ash. Usually, a
good source for potassium, which was named after the "pot ash" where it
was first discovered.
Sand. Get sand that
is as fine and clay-like as you can find, Dry it thoroughly and then
put it thru a blender on high to
pulverize more finely, then sift it through a fine sieve or cloth..
(another name for dolomite powder). Used to spread on organic gardens.
Either gray or white, scooped up from the ashes of a wood or
vegetation fire (not charcoal briquettes or fires started with lighter
fluid. Burning all the garden waste at the end of the harvest
a good source. You can also use ashes from a wood stove as long as it
is not chemically treated wood. .
Where Can I Find My Own Mineral Sources?
are the main ingredient in dirt.
for a picnic along
at the bank on the side of the river for clay, which is
or garden supply
the labels of the all the boxes of fertilizer. You're looking for
ones that indicate that it is composed solely of crushed rock dug from
the ground. Write to the manufacturer and ask them if you find any
for a walk in the woods.
some place under a tall tree where
you are sure there has been no artificial chemicals added to it, and
dig up some dirt. Dry and sift until it is a fine powder.
the kids to the beach.
see any kelp, harvest it. Seashells will also supply minerals but
you'll have to be able to crush it, so don't get thick clam shells.
Fine sand by the shoreline can also be used.
Should I Process or Prepare My
Own Foraged Minerals?
them dry out in the air, and sun
if possible, and filter through a coarse sieve or colander to
remove larger pebbles or contaminants. Then filter through a finer
sieve, then run them through a blender on high until they are as fine
as you can get them.
If you prefer
sterilizing it, put it in an
oven at 250F and let it stay there a half hour. You will lose the
probiotics value of raw dirt but some people will feel more comfortable
cooking it at first. At least the minerals will still be in it.
Afterwards, if it is
clumpy, run it through a blender at high speed.
often don't get enough
minerals from our
caused by burning carbon dioxide into the air causes the rain to turn
acidic as the carbon dioxide converts into carbonic acid. This acidic
rain, in turn, falls onto the ground and depletes the minerals in our
soil and thus our food. (A good reason to be against pumping carbon
dioxide into the air regardless of your opinion about its effect on the
often, we don't even
get enough minerals in our minerals.
bulky and take up
space. For that reason, many
manufacturers of multi-vitamin tablets just leave them out, or put in a
few well-known minerals and leave out the rest. Unfortunately, minerals
work in concert with each other and putting in one mineral without
including its companion minerals can result in deficiency
symptoms of the missing
minerals. The most
common example is calcium and magnesium. Calcium is often added as a
supplement to foods such as bread or to multi vitamin and mineral
supplements, but calcium by itself without magnesium will leach
magnesium from the body, causing its deficiency. For this reason, I
recommend looking at a magnesium source as a base for taking minerals,
and then expanding outwards from there to get a wide variety of
need to be chelated with acids so that they are more
the body, and acids should be taken with minerals so that they don't
deplete the minerals of the body causing mineral deficiencies. Read
more about ways to mix and prepare minerals for ingestion. See vitamin
C for more details on chelating with ascorbic acid,
diy for information on chelating chalk (magnesite)
acids and making pills, and magnesium
sulfate diy for more on using epsom salts as your
mineral chelation and supplementation. Citric acid can also be used to
form the citrate version of a mineral.
All disease has a mineral
either as cause, exacerbation or inhibiting healing. A drop in the
amount of minerals in the blood (referrred to as "blood pH)* occurs at
the beginning of every disease state.
Brix the same as
supporting that high brix means high
minerals, but there has never been a scientific study done on the
that we know about..
difference between minerals and electrolytes, alkali and ions?
lab there may be some
difference, but in the kitchen they
mean the same thing, except that if it is called "minerals" it will
cost you less than the other words.
Words That Mean
buffer, buffering, electrolyze, and ionize are expensive words that
"add minerals to". Electrolytes and ions are minerals.
can often be read as meaning minerals, although this usage is uncommon.
or "base" means minerals.
meal is minerals that came from living things so it doesn't need to be
chelated with an acid, but it should be balanced with magnesium and
is a mineral
technically, does not mean minerals but in practice it is believed by
who are into brix that high minerals is part of what makes high brix.
complex" means minerals with the acid already mixed in.
rock dust mean minerals. If clay is mixed with some life-based
matter, like french green clay has kelp mixed in with it, then it is a
mineral with its own life-based or acidic matter in it. If a mineral is
naturally part life-based or acidic, like green clay or ordinary dirt,
it doesn't need to be chelated.
or dolomite are particular types of minerals.
and ash mean the ash leftover from burning plant material, which used
to be burned in a pot. It is pure
minerals. Charcoal is some minerals with some wood (acid, life-based)
is a mineral. "Salts" means "minerals".
can mean minerals but I do not recommend using anything called "soda
ash" (unless you made it yourself by burning seaweed), and substituting
with "pot ash" instead. Baking soda and washing soda are both
minerals, named after the sodium in them, which is a mineral.
people, especially women, have low-grade deficiencies in iron. Anemia
is a symptom of iron deficiency, but there are other symptoms of lesser
deficiency that still degrade the quality of life even if they don't
show up on iron deficiency tests. If you have brittle nails, cold hands
and/or feet or are often cold when other people in the room are warm,
occasional, mild erratic heartbeat (more severe erratic heartbeat may
indicate a deficiency in magnesium) or overhanging fat (fat that folds
down over the skin rather than just grows outward) that is difficult to
get rid of even on starvation diets, then it is possible that you have
iron deficiency. Mainstream medical tests often do not detect low-grade
mineral deficiencies, so the next test to determine if you are iron
deficient is to take some iron supplements and see if that helps you
Some good iron supplements are:
Red clay, which is not only rich
in iron oxide but comes with companion minerals to balance the iron.
Ferrous sulfate, the traditional
Chelated iron with blackstrap
iron tonic such as Floridax (Not the greatest-tasting stuff in the
world. Mix it with fruit juice and drink it through a straw to bypass
as many of the tastebuds as possible.)
Make your own iron tonic with
yellow dock root
iron-rich foods to your diet may help, as long as you intend to keep
eating them indefinitely, but food is questionable as a source for
anything because our soils and food chains have been so depleted
themselves, and the nutrient quantities of any food is only as good as
the soil it grew on or the food it ate.
with all medical/nutritional supplements, start with small amounts of
each and listen to your own biofeedback to determine dosage.
of iron can be dangerous and even fatal in children. It is unlikely
that an adult could take a dangerous amount of iron because it would
cause constipation long before it got to that level. There are a rare
number of people who are genetically disposed to being averse to large
quantities of iron. Exercise caution and common sense.
The government says
that a quarter teaspoon a day is safe. Not that I believe the
that's the dosage that others in the alternative health community use
so I go along with it for now. I
don't know if a "00" capsule is exactly a 1/4 teaspoon, but they look
be in the same ball park.
re-mineralize if there are
enough minerals in the saliva for
them to draw from. However, they cannot re-make themselves where pieces
have fallen off or been drilled out of the tooth..
minerals dug from the soil will contain trace amounts of all the
elements, including such things as lead,
aluminum and arsenic. These are only a problem in their
synthetic versions. Minute amounts in their natural, wild state are
probably essential nutrients. If you find a mineral source for sale
that says it is pure or something-free without contaminants, that
usually means it has been subjected to various procedures to extract
the other elements which are then sold separately and the now-denatured
salt, soil etc. without its full array of minerals is them sold at a
premium price because it has been purified. With minerals, it is often
the case that the cheaper it is, the closer it is to the earth it came
is hard to absorb. Very true. It should be crushed and
mixed with a natural magnesium source
such as chalk, and then chelated with organic acids so that it can be
utilized by the body, otherwise it just passes through the body unused.
is hard to
Somewhat true. It needs to be combined with acids in order to be fully
utilized by the body, otherwise most of it may pass through the body
unused. Some of it will be chelated by the hydrochloric acid in the
stomach, however, or by the other acids in the body.
Why garden fertilizer grade Epsom
not food or medical grade? Any magnesium that is
pharmaceutical grade will be
refined, heated, mixed with sulfuric acid, extracted etc. so that it is
"pure". If you want an all-natural source of magnesium fresh
from the rocks it came from with all its companion and trace minerals,
you will have to get something that is not made for or intended as
food. A little "extra added bonus" you will get from garden fertilizer
epsom salts/magnesium sulfate is, because sulfur and selenium are very
closely related and usually found together in nature, it is very likely
that your garden grade epsom salts will contain some of this vital
mineral that is frequently depleted in our soil and food.
about the lead,
mercury, arsenic etc. found in trace amounts in naturally sourced
source mined from
the soil will contain trace
elements of lead etc, as does soil The lead-free
will be artificially manufactured in the lab. The presence of lead in
minerals is mostly made an issue by people selling processed minerals.
Lead is most likely a trace element that we need in minute amounts from
an organic source and is only toxic when it is taken in in large
amounts from inorganic sources.
To protect against
accumulations of lead or other toxic
heavy metals in the body, take a lot of fully-array, earth-sourced minerals (one to four tablespoons a day, with
plenty of water). The body will
not retain unwanted metals as
long as there are enough of the other minerals in it to supply the
functions the body needs.
or DE. Diatomaceous earth is
not an earth-based source of minerals but is
the crushed-up skeletons of dead microbes. It is good to
kill parasites and can safely be taken as a
dewormer, or sprinkled on surfaces to kill fleas or other invertebrates. I do not
recommend it as a regular source of minerals
but suggest fine sand instead to get
The information on this site is provided for
purposes only and if followed is done so solely on the initiative of
Traditions by Sally Fallon
Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel
Your Way To Health by Dr. David Brownstein. A good book for
who have been told by their doctor to cut down on salt because of high
blood pressure, and why natural sea salt is good for you.