Food for Growth
All humans are chemical factories, ablaze with furnaces within that process our food and extract the nutrients which are, in turn, used to build new cells. Groups of cells are organized into organs, and groups of organs are further organized into systems.
Chemicals in the forms of minerals, salts, proteins, fats, acids, buffers, catalysts, sugars and other carbohydrates, along with water, oxygen, and metals are pretty much what we are made of.
The bonds which connect the components listed in the previous paragraph are easily breakable, co-valent bonds. It takes very little energy to pull elements off a molecule and re-arrange them to form new compounds.
The building blocks of these molecules are derived from the nutrients present in our food. In the case of a child in the womb, the nutrients have already been extracted from the mother’s food, and are transmitted via the placenta.
These co-valently (shared electron) bonded nutrients are often referred to as the organic form of the mineral or metal.
Another form exists, and that is the inorganic form or the ionic bonded form of the mineral. Organic forms are easily used by the body, while inorganic or ionically bound minerals are not, as it takes much energy to break apart the exchanged electrons in this type of chemical bond.
Food for Thought
The covalently bound minerals and nutrients that the body needs are supplied, readily, by the fresh vegetables and fruit we consume. Mother Nature starts the process for us by extracting nutrients from the earth, and converting the inorganic forms into organic forms that we need to sustain life. For example, sodium, a very necessary electrolyte, is always present in two forms.
In the organic form, it helps to buffer many of the acidic reactions that take place in the body, and helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
As an inorganic salt, it is virtually impossible for the body to utilize, and becomes a molecule that hangs on to water and causes the blood pressure to rise.
This is also true of another important mineral, calcium. The organic form has many useful functions in the body, and is used to help build bones, teeth, regulate the blood pressure.
But, in the inorganic form, it gets excreted or packed around the ribs, or plays havoc with the pH in your stomach.
“Mother Nature starts the process for us by extracting nutrients from the Earth, and converting the inorganic forms into the organic forms.”
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