Oligotherapy: Causes of Mineral Deficiency
While I've covered the benefits of oligotherapy and trace mineral supplementation in previous articles "What is Oligotherapy?," "Oligotherapy: What The Experts Say," and "Oligotherapy: The 6 Most Important Trace Minerals," the question of why any of this is necessary remains.
Where does deficiency begin? What causes it?
Let's discuss some of the biggest contributing factors.
Diet and Nutrient Depletion in Soil
Today, food is cheaper and is processed for minimal effort in preparation. In some ways, this is wonderful, freeing up time we might have spent slaving away in a kitchen 50 years ago or slaving away in a garden and then in a kitchen 100 years ago. However, it is also a trend that has directly contributed to rises in the number of people suffering from both obesity and nutrient deficiencies. Ideally, our bodies would be supplied with these minerals by simply eating a balanced diet, but unfortunately, even those of us that make conscious efforts to ensure toward this, over-farming and consequent nutrient depletion in our soil - the primary source of mineral content - has lead to meat and produce that, despite being bigger and more uniform in appearance, is actually less nutritious.
As we age, a decrease in the secretion of hydrochloric acid into our stomachs will often occur. This will lead to a body that is less able to break down and absorb the nutrients in the food we eat. Scientists speculate that this phenomenon may be a cause of age-associated degeneration.
While the majority of minerals are both beneficial and essential to our health, some like aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury are definitely not. Recurring exposure of these mineral pollutants in our air, water and food, can lead to toxin build-up and along with it, a wide range of negative health effects including trouble absorbing nutrients.
The Best Way to Prevent Mineral Deficiency?
Minerals come in many forms - in food, in pills, and in liquids and each form requires the body to react in a slightly different way to absorb them. The easiest way oftentimes, and consequently, the preferred administration of oligotherapists, is an ionic liquid form.
In their book, Nutrition: An Integrated Approach, Ruth Pike and Mrytle Brown agree:
"Whatever the nutritional potential of a food, its contribution is nonexistent if it does not pass the test of absorption...Water is compatible with more substances than any known solvent, and therefore it is an ideal medium for transporting nutrients in the cells and for the chemical reactions of cellular metabolism to take place."