Minerals are inorganic substances that originate in the soil and water. The term inorganic means that they are neither animal nor vegetable. Nevertheless, they are incorporated in all plants and animals. There are over sixty minerals known to be present in the human body and well documented that there presence or absence can mean the difference between good and poor health.
Minerals come from the rocks and stones that have been broken down into tiny fragments by millions of years of weathering. Those small particles are called mineral salts, such as calcium carbonate (limestone), which makes up rock formation. Besides these tiny crystals of mineral salts, the soil is teaming with tiny microbes. Those microbes participate in the process of changing the mineral vibratory state, in other wards it is a starting point to bring them to life. The process of changing into a higher vibratory state continues when minerals are passed on to plants and culminates when they are offered for nourishment to human tissues.
It is common knowledge that that there are three kingdoms in nature: the animal, vegetable, and mineral. Human beings are members of the animal kingdom that consume both animals and vegetables in order to sustain themselves. Rocks belong to the mineral kingdom, and while human beings do not eat rocks, they cannot survive without the minerals that make up rocks. Humans cannot ingest minerals directly from the earth; they need to take them from higher evolved bio-chemicals. Plants with the help of sunlight, air, and water, a process called photosynthesis, take basic minerals from the soil into the plant. This sequence of living things that provide food from others is called the food chain. As minerals are passed along the food chain, they become more highly evolved.
It is very clear that the human body is a complex structure that is constantly moving, flowing and changing in a state of dynamic equilibrium. All this is made possible through electrochemical processes, provided the body gets all the biochemical nutrients it needs from the different parts of the food chain. Minerals are at the start of the food chain. The body depends on basic chemicals or minerals, the foods that provide them, and the role of foods in maintaining cells and tissues.
Minerals are incorporated in the human tissues and every function within them involves and depends on minerals. Minerals are recognized as essential components of the diet because of their role in maintaining vital functions and body processes. Do to their need in trace amounts, they are classified as micronutrients. Together with vitamins they make up two percent of what we eat and four percent of total body weight.
When a plant or animal tissue is burned, the nitrogen, sulfur, hydrogen and carbon are released as gases, and the ash that remains consist of minerals primarily sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. These minerals are needed in large quantity in the body and are referred to as major elements or macro minerals. But there are a number of other minerals found in very tiny amounts, such as zinc, manganese, iodine, copper, chromium, selenium, fluoride, molybdenum, boron, nickel, silicon, lithium, vanadium and even arsenic. (Arsenic, which we know to be poison, is an essential nutrient in the tiniest amounts, but it is very toxic in large amounts). All of those elements are needed in trace amounts for physiological functioning and are referred as micro or trace minerals.
It is important to mention that magnesium lies between a macro-and a micro mineral. The principle toxic minerals are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. This list continues to grow as sophisticated technology discovers that those we had considered accidentally present in the tissues actually play a crucial role and are key components of large molecules that we call enzymes.

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