benefits of topical minerals
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 01:59 PM
There are a lot of different Vitamins and Minerals available out there, and it can all be a bit overwhelming keeping track of what they are used for. It can be doubly confusing when the vitamins and minerals are taken topically, so here is a handy guide explaining what the minerals found in Dead Sea Mud are all good for.
Everyone knows that high levels of calcium are important for stronger bones, but did you know that Calcium is also an important component in your skin? Calcium helps keep your skin young, and a Calcium deficiency in your skin can lead to dryness, itching, premature wrinkles, and even cancer. Furthermore, your body will try to compensate for this deficiency by borrowing Calcium from your bones, making your skeleton weaker. In addition, calcium has an anti-oxidant effect AND protects your skin's collagen and elastin producing properties, keeping your skin fresh and young.
Magnesium has many benefits, including helping with easing stiff muscles, chronic skin problems, helps treat skin problems caused by allergic reactions, aids in hydrating dry or inflamed skin, relieves stress , and helps cleanse the body of heavy metals that accumulate, such as lead, aluminum, cadmium, and mercury. Furthermore, due to its mildly laxative nature, the body does not absorb Magnesium orally as easily as it does topically.
Potassium has a few important benefits, namely maintaining a healthy immune system. Your body can suffer from Potassium deficiencies after a prolonged illness, or after you have diarrhea or prolonged vomiting. Potassium can commonly be found in fruits, and is generally easy for your body to absorb, but it is needed in such large amounts that a boost is beneficial when you are sick and unable to eat the same amount of food that you regularly consume.
As a well-known exfoliant, Sodium (primarily in the form of sea salt) has several important topical functions, including exfoliating your skin, improving circulation, easing stiff muscles, and clearing up uneven skin tones.
One of the lesser known minerals, Selenium is a trace element in soil that is essential to good health. Selenium serves as an anti-oxidant and fights free radicals. In addition, when taken with Vitamin C and E, it helps fight against Cancer, heart disease, viral infections, and aging. In addition, studies have shown that it may slow the progression of HIV/AIDS.
Copper is an essential mineral that is useful in fighting wrinkles by stimulating the production of Collagen and Elastin, assists in oxygenating the skin, helps your skin retain moisture, and increases the speed that your skin heals from wounds.
Phosphorous is essential in the creation of strong bones. In addition, it aids your kidneys filter toxins, increases reproductive health, improves digestion, and improves your body's regulation of energy. Phosphorous is a common element is everything that you eat, so supplements are generally not needed.
Aluminum is a very common element found in nature. It is non-toxic and does not cause any health problems, but offers almost no benefits, either. It is just there.
First and foremost, dietary Zinc and topical Zinc are not interchangeable, so a Zinc-rich diet will not give the same benefits as applying Zinc topically. Topical Zinc aids in cell development, in wound healing, sun protection, and the treatment of rashes and other topical skin problems.
Chromium is a trace mineral that is used to alleviate high blood pressure and hypertension. It has also been shown to help improve muscle tone.
Bromide is used by your White Blood Cells to help fight multi-cellular parasites. In addition, it helps fight germs when applied directly to the skin.
Iron is an essential element for life. You cannot live without it.
Iodine is a strong disinfectant. It cleans your skin, kills germs, and even kills fungal infections.
Sulfur is used to treat many kinds of skin disorders, such as Seborrheic Dermatitis and Scabies, as well as clearing up Acne.