Vitamin supplements get plenty of press – but minerals are also vital and must be consumed, as your body cannot make them. Nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara explains.
Minerals are found in soil and rocks. Your body obtains minerals by eating plants that absorb them from the earth, or by eating meat from animals that graze on those plants. However, if the soil is deficient in minerals, the plants will be as well – and so will we. Conventional herbicides and fertilisers can compromise the soil’s mineral status. For example, the herbicide glyphosate has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties which render the minerals in soil useless to plants.
In the 1990s, I heard a tape called Dead Doctors Don’t Lie by veterinarian Dr Joel Wallach. One thing that really stuck with me was his description of the disease Pica. When domestic animals such as cows, sheep, goats, etc start eating non-food items like fence posts and rocks, the farmers know this means there is a mineral deficiency in the herd. So they throw a salt block into the paddock; the animals lick the salt and no longer have Pica.
I researched the minerals that Wallach discussed and brought them into Australia for my family. However, when I received their product specification data, I found that the manufacturers used a preservative (sodium benzoate) which was not listed on the label. Disappointed, I decided that I needed to source a better product.
The colloidal difference
I became aware of the research by Dr Zach Bush into a product that contained Fulvic Acids from soil and from lignite (coal), which was able to counteract the effects of glyphosate. The most important part of this product was a carbon-based redox molecule. It supports the communication between the gut microbiome and the mitochondria, the energy powerhouse found in every cell, as well as reseal the gut lining. The Changing Habits Colloidal Minerals come from the ancient plant, Holo Core Sedge, and are like the product in Bush’s research. The only difference is that our minerals come from peat (non-coal, the step before lignite), and they contain a mix of fulvic and humic acids (also from soil) in a natural acid base, with the majority being fulvic. They are 100 per cent Australian made.
According to our producer, there is much science around the ability of colloidal minerals to oppose the effects of glyphosate, and he is undertaking a new line of research into how they help the human body, and soil ecology.
Our Colloidal Minerals contain a natural source of minerals and trace elements to help make up for those lacking in our soil including silver, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, potassium and phosphorus plus many more trace minerals. No acids nor heating methods are used in the extraction of minerals. No artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, stabilisers or toxic elements are used. They have minimal taste, are naturally acidic, and act as a communication system for bacteria.
Colloidal minerals act to remineralise what the body needs and gives the communication system to the bacteria that are in the gut, in order to help you close the intestinal lining. Research on the effects of extracted lignite’s (peat comes before lignite) closes the epithelium lining in the gut which in theory means proteins can’t go through, allergic reactions are less likely, and food sensitivities and inflammatory responses are reduced. Inflammation shouldn’t occur with a closed gut lining. It has reasons for opening and closing but foods containing glyphosate can also open, along with other things.
A daily dose of Colloidal Minerals can help people to find and retain better health. By helping to counteract the effects of glyphosate, and also helping the gut microbiome to communicate better with the body’s cells in order to produce energy.
I recommend taking a teaspoon of Colloidal Minerals when you first wake up, without other food or nutrients because it draws out heavy metals. Our enzymatic and biochemical reactions need minerals.
- Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a weed killer and herbicide that has been used extensively in agriculture, private gardens, and public verges, sports fields, dog parks and playgrounds.
- Around 8.6 billion kilograms of glyphosate has been sprayed worldwide since its conception in the mid-1970s.
- Glyphosate is a known chelating agent, biocide, antimicrobial and antibiotic. It devastates gut bacteria and soil ecology. It is water-soluble and is now being found in rain, waterways, animals, humans, food and vaccines; it can persist in some soils for up to 20 years.
Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, film maker, bestselling author, speaker and founder of Changing Habits, a whole food company that believes everything begins and ends with food, and that health food should actually be just that – healthy.