In terms of energy combustion there is not much difference between the combustion engine of a car and the human body. Both need oxygen and fuel for their energy supply. In fact the human body can be seen as a  carbon-oxygen machine.

Fuel for the body
Actually there is one big difference between the engine of a car and that of the body: the body can heal itself. That’s definitely to our benefit, because if you put the wrong fuel in a car, it will stop working after a few yards. If you put the wrong fuel into the human body, it may still struggle on for about 75 to 80 years.

In modern society we are taking on board all kinds of wrong fuels. The food we eat is no longer the same as what we ate when our bodies first evolved. We can adapt to some degree and the body makes the best of what it has. Unfortunately, in that situation, it quickly consumes its stock of many vital enzymes and minerals.

Where the metabolism takes place
When we think of the metabolism of the body, we mainly think of the stomach and intestines. However, there is much more to converting food and energy. The gastrointestinal system is only intended for the absorption of food. Once in the blood, all proteins, carbohydrates and fats have to be transported to the cells to be converted into energy.

Every cell in our body has to provide its own energy. That is why they contain something called mitochondria which convert nutrition into energy so that the cells can do their job and we can live. It’s one of the most essential functions in the body. And what the body needs so that this can happen is not only nutrition, but also enough of the right minerals.

The body depends on some vital building blocks for all its processes: minerals! It is the mineral levels in the body which determine how successful the body is in converting food into energy. We all know people in our environment who seem to have an unbridled amount of energy as well as people who have no energy at all. This is all due to the amount of minerals the body has at its disposal.

Unfortunately, our food today contains too few minerals. A portion of vegetables used to contain ninety-seven types of mineral. Nowadays you’re lucky if there are eight. This is due to modern farming methods, which deplete the soil.

Ratios of minerals to each other
Moreover, this is not only about the absolute amounts of minerals, but also about the ratio of the minerals to each other. Minerals can be mutually related and these relationships determine how well certain systems in the body work.

The calcium to magnesium ratio, for example, indicates how your blood sugar levels are working; the calcium to potassium ratio indicates the functioning of your thyroid and the sodium to potassium ratio indicates your general energy. That’s why it is so important that you get the right minerals in the right amounts. If the balance is out, organs can start to malfunction.

The way to test these proportions in your body is with a hair mineral analysis. A lock of hair is examined in a laboratory, after which a personal nutritional and supplement advice is drawn up.