Mineral balance

You may hear the word ‘balance’ applied to a lot of health recommendations.  Eating a balanced diet is one of them – but how does that apply to minerals?

For our bodies to function optimally and maintain us in good health, we need our minerals to be in balance.  Here are a few examples of what minerals help our bodies do:

  • maintain normal cell fluid levels and cell health
  • ensure healthy nerve and muscle function
  • keep the immune system healthy
  • regulate healthy brain activity
  • absorb and process other nutrients, including vitamins
  • maintain healthy digestive and circulatory systems
  • maintain a steady heart beat
  • assist in keeping normal sleeping patterns

How do we absorb minerals?  How can we keep ourselves perfectly mineraly balanced?

One simple way is given to us by our seas and oceans.  Here is why: sea and ocean water contains minerals in the perfect balance – Dr Maynard Murray (a pioneer in researching sea water) theorised its amazing mineral content grew over millions of years, when rain fall washed soil elements into the sea.  He started using sea water as a fertiliser to great success, creating a link between its mineral content and the thriving of living organisms on land (Dr Murray wrote a book to present his findings, ‘Sea Energy Agriculture‘).

This is one of the reasons we feel so good when we spend time at the beach: our bodies absorb dozens of minerals and trace elements via the skin.  It is no surprise many health spas in Europe opened by the seaside (many still operating today), to offer visitors the benefits of daily sea baths.

The use of pure, unrefined sea salt was also championed amongst others by Dr René Quinton, and Dr Raymond Dextreit, both French researchers from the early 20th century.  We have written about Dr Quinton’s discovery of the remarkable similarities between sea water and human blood plasma, and how we can greatly benefit from bathing in sea water or a sea salt bath.  Dr Dextreit shared his views on treating the body with sea salt, but also included clay in his treatments very often.

What if we cannot get to the sea?

There are other ways of harnessing this powerful force of nature: by adding pure, unrefined sea salt to your bath (instructions for sea salt baths can be found here).

Our all-natural Australian magnesium oil, although predominantly rich in magnesium chloride also contains many trace minerals and elements, easily absorbed through the skin.  And of interest: one of the main ingredients for our Australian magnesium oil is pure, unpolluted deep-sea water.

Natural health tip: please keep in mind most commercially produced salt has been land-mined, refined, bleached and kiln-dried.  By the end of this process hardly any minerals or trace elements remain.  Our macrobiotic sea salt contains over 40 minerals, and has not been kiln-dried (its moist texture ensuring the retention of all the sea’s riches!).

If you want to add sea salt to a bath, we would not recommend buying bleached salt from the supermarket.  Instead, look for a salt that is moist in texture (such as our own of course!), or Celtic sea salt.