It is proven that we are all deficient in essential nutrients, which then, depending on physiological differences, can quickly or slowly create ailments or disease in the body.
Vitamins control the body's ability to absorb and use minerals, and without minerals, vitamins have no purpose, and are quickly eliminated from the body. It is a huge waste of money to gobble handfuls of high potency tablets without backing them up with the right minerals. It's like trying to run your car with a full tank of gas, but no oil in the engine. When lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but without minerals, vitamins are worthless. You may think you're getting your minerals from a "balanced diet". But chances are, if you are not supplementing your diet with absorbable minerals, you are on the of the 95% of Americans lacking in at least one major mineral, and host of trace minerals. Back in 1936, the US Senate Document 264 recorded the lack of mineral nutrition in our foods. It is now 80 years worse. Even if you are eating healthy, balanced foods, and taking vitamins daily, your body is still almost certainly lacking vital nutrients, starving for missing nutrition.
Recent research indicates that most people in the US have at least one hidden deficiency of a major mineral such as calcium or magnesium. Deficiencies in your intake of food, water, and even oxygen can be hard to spot. But over time, they can lead to degenerative diseases, and then death. The discovery of mineral deficiency is one of the latest and most important revelation by science about its effects on human health.
Research has shown direct correlations between mineral deficiencies and illnesses. For example, diabetes or hypoglycemia involve chromium, zinc and vanadium deficiencies; cancer and heart disease involve selenium, copper, and more. Most everyone knows that osteoporosis involves a calcium deficiency, but fewer know about the need for magnesium and boron as well. Baldness, and premature graying is also caused by missing minerals.
Life without minerals is impossible. Did you know that proteins, enzymes and hormones are all formed from minerals? Minerals are the cornerstone of good health, all prevention, and recovery programs.
It has been discovered that many diseases resulted from simple mineral deficiencies or mal-absorption syndromes.
Have you ever heard about professional athletes dropping dead on the field? According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, 100,000 youngsters, as well as pros die each year from cardio-vascular disorders as a result of sports -THIS IS TWICE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT DIE ON THE NATIONS HIGHWAYS! 45,000 of the 100,000 play basketball, not boxing or football. In hard exercise, people sweat out many of their vital minerals - not just sodium and potassium. Rigorous exertion without replacing lost minerals can be fatal. There are sports drinks that are supposed to replace nutrients lost during exertion, these would work fine if they had more than sugar, salt and potassium, and food coloring.
How have we become deficient?
The soil was being depleted. Crops took minerals out of the soil; nothing put them back in. The only way to beat the cycle was to own a piece of bottom land. Wealthy farmers owned the bottom land. When it flooded, they would get new topsoil, silt and nutrition from hundreds of miles upstream. If you were lucky enough to have a piece of bottom land, you did not have to move. The fertilizer would come to you. The Egyptians realized this 5000 years ago and worshipped the Nile River for its yearly life giving floods.
But if you were out on the prairie with no river, every 3 - 5 years you would have to move. Otherwise, your whole family would starve to death, for there would be nothing left in the soil.
So by this process...repeated tens of thousands of times over the last 200 years...the settlers were actually strip-mining the nutrients from the soils. And if there are no nutrients in the soil, there is no way your tomatoes or carrots or apples or potatoes can have nutrients in them.
The fact is that animals and human beings require about 90 nutrients - between 45 & 60 minerals, 3 essential fatty acids. And for 90 + years, only three have been put back into the soil.
We know that plants can make amino acids. They can make most vitamins, and they can make varying amounts of essential fatty acids.