For many of us our health goals are not just based in fitness, or in longevity, but in a combination of both. We do not want to look, or even to be, in perfect health and die young, nor do we want to live many years in ill health, tired and in pain. Therefore, we need to look at the benefits of vitamins and minerals holistically. They’re not just ways of improving our quality of life now, but also of improving our quality of life in the long term, and expanding our lives so we can enjoy that quality of life for many more years.
Longevity is a combination of two factors One is our genetic longevity, which is our unbridled potential. Look for your oldest ancestor or living relative. That is around the age you could possibly live to. Maybe even longer, if they have not reached their maximum yet. This means that most of us have the basic potential to live until our eighties or nineties at least, as most of us have a relative who reached that age. But the other longevity factor is our health. To put it bluntly, your longevity means nothing if you walk out into the middle of a busy highway, because you are actively interfering with it. Likewise, when your health is not under control you are interfering with your longevity by not allowing your cells to reach their full potential. We need to unlock that maximum potential by looking after ourselves.
Minerals hold an important key to achieving our maximum potential longevity. When the right minerals are in our bodies in the right amounts, our cells are able to work to the best of their ability, our telomeres stay long, and our genes are allowed to express themselves the best way they possibly can. On the other hand, when we are deficient in some of the key minerals for longevity, the genes that are responsible for keeping our cells healthy and making us live longer will not be active and we will not enjoy our maximum potential.
Iron is essential to promoting longevity because of its relationship with vitamin C. Many people assume that the antioxidant powers of vitamin C are all down to the vitamin itself. Even many informed people assume that vitamin C is responsible for iron processing, but that the reverse relationship is not possible. But both are wrong. The relationship between iron and vitamin C goes both ways. Iron helps the antioxidant powers of vitamin C to take effect, helping us reverse the damage done
by free radicals and encourage our cells to become and remain youthful. The younger our cells, the longer we will live.
Calcium is another mineral which promotes the activation of an antioxidant vitamin. In this case, the presence of vitamin D encourages the body to use calcium to the best of its ability, but the presence of calcium also promotes the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D. What is more, as vitamin D is made inside the body, calcium intake can help promote the creation of even more vitamin D, giving us a healthy dose of this amazing hormonal vitamin.
Zinc is another mineral which is essential to keeping our cells working to the best of their ability and promoting longevity. Literally every organ in our bodies works better when we consume enough zinc. Most importantly, our livers and kidneys work far better. This is important because a good liver cleans your body of toxins, and good kidneys will flush these toxins out. When toxins are allowed to build up in the body they degrade us from the inside out, promoting an acidic diet and shortening our lives. On the other hand, when we flush out enough toxins we allow our bodies to heal and we move towards better health and longevity.
Of course this doesn’t mean we should just eat piles and piles of mineral supplements. Over a certain amount, minerals are toxic, which is not good for longevity either. What it does mean is that we need to keep an eye out for mineral deficiencies and either correct our diet or take a supplement if we suspect a deficiency, as this will help us lead long, healthy lives. The only way to truly understand what you need for your body in the long run is to look at your specific lab tests and determine if there is truly a need for the supplement or if you body needs help in another way to properly use the supplements it has available. Don’t guess – test! If you want to learn more about how we can help you understand your body’s needs – schedule a time to speak with our doctors and find out what you can do to help your health.