Clay contains both macrominerals and trace minerals. Minerals are among the basic building blocks of the body. For this reason, it is important to understand:
- what they are,
- how they aid in good health and wellness and
- the current state of minerals in the Standard Diet.
Macrominerals and Trace Minerals
Clay contains both macrominerals and trace minerals. A macromineral is a mineral your body needs for optimal functioning. Clay provides essential Minerals to keep the body healthy.
A trace mineral means that the mineral makes up less than 0.01% of the body’s total weight. Trace minerals are needed only in tiny amounts. Trace minerals are essential in helping your body function properly and to utilize the macrominerals that are present. Unfortunately, for reasons noted below, it is hard to get adequate amounts of these trace minerals in our food anymore.
Mineral deficiencies in soil
Independent laboratory mineral analyses performed on clay demonstrate that it contains more than 70 trace minerals. The three dominant macrominerals and their percentages in clay are:
Silica dioxide (silicon) 45.6%
Magnesium oxide 10.6%
Calcium oxide 8.96%
Oxide simply refers to a chemical compound that contains at least one oxygen atom and one other element. “Most of the Earth’s crust consists of solid oxides, the result of elements being oxidized by the oxygen in air or in water.” A good clay contains these three minerals in order to give it the best positive charge (toxin) attracting ability. The way these minerals are structured in the clay is what gives it the ability to attract toxins.
As the negatively charged clay moves through the body, it attracts positively charged toxins to the outside surface of the clay molecule. The clay absorbs the toxins into its internal molecular structure and is then eliminated from the body. However, it is disputed as to whether or not the minerals in the clay are absorbed into the body because they are so tightly bound together. For this reason, and the others noted below, using clay does not replace mineral supplementation.
Minerals In Action
The three macrominerals in Clay are described below, along with symptoms of mineral deficiencies of each.
Silicon helps the body in forming and maintaining the structural and functional integrity of the skeletal system and connective tissues. Silicon can help improve elasticity and suppleness of skin that has been damaged by excessive sun exposure. It is important in bone formation also. Silicon has the ability to penetrate deep into tissues to eliminate stored cellular toxins. Symptoms of silicon deficiency are:
- brittle nails
Calcium is the most plentiful mineral in the human body, with 99% found in bone tissue. The other 1% is used for blood clotting, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission. Calcium is needed for healthy bones, teeth and skin. Calcium helps to regulate cardiovascular function and blood pressure levels. It also aids in metabolism of iron, and is required for proper cell division. The Standard American Diet only provides 1/3 of the calcium needed by the body. Symptoms of calcium deficiency are:
- bone-related problems
- brittle nails
- muscle cramping
- diminished nerve function
Magnesium relaxes both smooth and skeletal muscles. It is an important mineral for the heart, as it helps with preventing spasms of the coronary arteries (which can result in heart attacks). Magnesium is needed for the maintenance/repair/division of cells, hormone regulation and proper nerve transmission. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:
- loss of appetite
- irregular heartbeat
- personality changes
- impaired muscle skills
- tingling/numbness/cramping of the hands, arms, feet and legs
Aluminum can be toxic in excessive amounts and has been reported to be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The aluminum in clay is aluminum oxide. Because of the way the clay molecule is structured, the aluminum oxide is basically “caged” inside the clay. It cannot be released; therefore it will pass through the body completely inert and is eliminated along with the toxins.
Where Did Our Minerals Go? Clay Minerals
Proper diet and exercise are key when it comes to keeping your body running smoothly. However, what most people don’t realize is that even with a great diet full of veggies and fruits, your body may be starved for minerals. Our body cannot produce minerals. They must be ingested. Due to commercial farming methods and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), our soil and food continues to lose important nutrients decade after decade. This is why we promote growing your own food.
In a 2004 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Dr. Donald Davis compared the nutritional density of crops grown in 1950 to the same crops grown in 1999. He examined thirteen different nutrients, including protein, calcium, phosphorous, and iron. What he found is that the nutrient content of the crops in 1950 were as much as 38% higher than the crops in 1999! Add mineral-poor fast food to this fact, along with overcooking and the mass consumption of processed, convenience foods, and you have a nation of mineral deficient people.