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It has been scientifically determined that the body must have a proper amount of Calcium, Chlorine, Copper, Iodine, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Sulfer to function properly. Though these mineral are also found in many animal and other foodstuffs, they are deliberately omitted in the list below because a student of yoga needs knowledge of pure nontoxic foods which are optimal for the development of a strong mind and body.

Calcium

Physical Properties: It is an alkaline found primarily (90%) in the bone structure of the body. All of the bodies calcium is replaced every six years and so to maintain proper balance in the body it should be added to the diet daily.

Physical Effects: It builds strong bones and teeth, aids in blood clotting, and in the metabolism of vitamin D, it regulates the proper performance of the heart muscle. Maintains acid alkaline equilibrium, and helps to regulate general mineral metabolism.Lack Of This Mineral: Physical and mental fatigue, bone weakness and deformity, inability to concentrate, general heart problems.

Food Sources:Milk, cheese, cabbage, blackberries, figs, carrot, celery, endive, lettuce, lemon, orange, spinach, turnip, rhubarb, watercress, parsley.

Phosphorus

Physical Properties: It is acid forming but helps to maintain the slight alkalinity of the blood stream by means of the phosphates it forms. It is necessary to every living cell in the body. The lecithins (phosphorous compounds) are widely distributed in the tissues and liquids of the body and in the white matter of the nervous system. Lecithin is found in the gray matter of the brain to the extent of 17%. 90% of the entire phosphorus in the body is found in the skeletal structure. It takes about three years to replace all the phosphorus in the body. Daily requirements for adults, 20 grain; for children, 15 grains.

Physical Effects: It is important to higher intellectual functioning. Along with calcium it helps to build strong bones and teeth. It is also good for the skin, hair and nails. Along with phosphorus vitamins A, D, and C should be taken.

Lack Of This Mineral: Bone weakness, mental fatigue, poor complexion and dull hair, brittle nails. < P> Food Sources:Almonds, Brussel Sprouts, Chickpeas, Corn, Cranberry,Cucumber, Spinach, Coconut, Orange, Prune, Watermelon, Tomato, Apricot,Blackberries, Dandelion Greens, Grapes, Apple, Wheat Germ, Whole Wheat, Lentils, Rye Flour, Brown Rice, Walnuts, Peas, Pecans, Chickpeas,

Iron

Physical Properties: It is alkaline. It builds red corpuscles and plays a vital role in absorbing and carrying oxygen from the blood stream to various organs of the body.Iron is necessary for making respiratory enzymes, peroxidase, catalase, etc. There must be adequate supplies of chlorophyll and some copper in the diet for the proper assimilation of iron. Women need three to four times more iron than men because of menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. Daily requirements for adults, 12 to 15 milligrams; for children, 5 to 8 milligrams per 1,000 calories.

Physical Effects: It is the most vital blood builder and it is necessary for every living cell of the body to function properly

Lack Of This Mineral: Anemia, menstrual problems, problems with lactation and reproduction in women. < P> Food Sources: String Beans, Dried Beans, Whole Wheat, Dried Peas, Oatmeal, Spinach, Cheese, Lima Beans, Dried Prunes, Dates, Figs, Turnips, Oranges, Tomatoes, Bananas, Cabbage, Carrots.

Copper

Physical Properties: It is acid forming, small amounts of copper are necessary for the proper assimilation of Iron.

Food Sources: Most fresh fruits and leafy vegetables, Dried Fruits

Iodine

Physical Properties: It is acid forming, It is essential in small amounts to the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

Physical Effects: It helps to balance the development of the general glandular system. It is very essential to the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

Lack Of This Mineral:Goiter, and weight maintenance problems

Food Sources:Sea Kelp, Lettuce, Asparagus, Carrot, Cabbage, Cranberry, Cucumber, Pineapple, Prune, Tomato, Radish, Watercress, Spinach

Potassium

Physical Properties: It is alkaline. It is the mineral basis for all of the muscular tissues, it gives the muscles their pliancy. It plays a very important part in the formation of glycogen which is essential to the constructive and synthetic processes of the body. The liver which is the principle producer of glycogen contains twice as much potassium as sodium.

Physical Effects: Potassium is essential for every living cell of the body to function properly.

Lack Of This Mineral:Liver degeneration, and muscular cramps and severe stiffness.

Food Sources:Practically all fresh fruits and vegetables contain good amounts of potassium.

Sodium

Physical Properties: It is alkaline. It plays a major role in the formation of the digestive juices, and in the formation of saliva, bile and pancreatic juices. It is necessary for the elimination of carbon dioxide from the body.

Physical Effects: It effects the digestive system, and the respiratory system making them function properly.

Lack Of This Mineral:A deficiency or excess in sodium may be one of the causes of diabetes, and high blood pressure. It can cause digestive difficult.

Food Sources:Though you may take in the form of table salt it is recommended to be taken in the form of food or unprocessed sea salt. Food containing sodium are Spinach, Dandelion, Lettuce, Beet, Banana, Watercress, Celery, Buttermilk, Cream Cheese, Whole Wheat Bread, Rye Bread .

Magnesium

Physical Properties: It is alkaline, 70% of magnesium is stored in the bones. It is a important constituent of the muscles. it aids in building cells particularly in the lung tissues and the nervous system. It also helps in the formation of albumin in the blood.

Physical Effects: Makes bones and teeth harder, gives strength and firmness to the bone tissues. necessary for cell growth and reproduction.

Lack Of This Mineral:Constipation, poor blood circulation, and excess acidity.

Food Sources: Whole Wheat, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Raisins, Spinach, Dates, Lima Beans, Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, and most fruits and vegetables.

Sulphur

Physical Properties: It is acid forming, and found in all body tissues. It is a constituent of the hemoglobin of the blood,

Physical Effects: It has an antiseptic and cleansing effect on the alimentary canal, it stimulates the bile secretions, purifies the blood, improves hair condition, and prevents the accumulation of toxic impurities.

Lack Of This Mineral:Many diseases which are caused by the accumulation of uric acid in the body are related to the over consumption of foods too high in phosphorus and deficient in sulphur. Foods typical in this category are cereals, milk, nuts, cheese and eggs. these foods must be well balanced with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

xx Food Sources:Practically all fruits and vegetables are good sources of this mineral.

Chlorine

Physical Properties: Chlorine is a general body cleanser. It is important in the formation of digestive juices particularly the gastric juices.

Physical Effects: Helps to clean the blood, reduces excess fat, and keeps the joints supple, expels waste matter.

Lack Of This Mineral:Digestion problems, constipation

Food Sources:Practically all fruits and vegetables are a good source of this mineral.

Written by AVA



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