It is impossible for a person today to acquire all his mineral needs from food because our soils have become so deficient. Hundreds of years of farming the soil, combined with the effects of pesticides, herbicides, and air and water pollution, have slowly drained the soil of its vital elements.
Below is an article from Mind Body Green that outlines exactly what is happening to our soil:
Below is a list if minerals and what foods are high in them! So many of our bodily functions rely on adequate mineral absorption; and electrolytes help to hydrate us especially in the Summer. If you have ever experienced a Charlie horse in the middle of the night like I have.. you’ll want to read this!!
Many of us grew up hearing the commercials that milk “does a body good” because it’s rich in calcium. It’s true that dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese) are a solid source of calcium, but there are other healthy options:
Leafy green vegetables—Kale, Bok choy, spinach, collard greens, etc.
Beans, chickpeas, lentils
Soybeans, edamame, and tofu
Almonds and almond milk
Brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts
Seeds—chia, sesame, poppy, celery, flax
Some fruits—Figs, blackcurrants, blackberries, raspberries, apricots, kiwi, oranges, pineapple
Salmon and sardines