It is important to recognise that when eating a good healthy and balanced diet, it shouldn’t be required to take supplements.   But when needed it is perfectly ok to supplement the body by taking tablets.   The rule of thumb here is to buy only from a reputable supplier, it may cost a little more but is well worth the effort and cost with what’s put into our bodies.  Too much of the minerals can harm as well as heal, so don’t take supplements you haven’t researched and maintained you really do need them.

Added Iron to help if signs of iron deficiency make themselves known: extreme tiredness or fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and irregular heartbeat, these are all symptoms that may be due to a lack of iron in the blood.

The Immune System is easier, if there are lots of colds, coughs or other respiratory infections around, or if we are coming into September, or Autumn time, perhaps a time to give a boost to the Immune System before its needed.  Also if we feel the beginning of a respiratory problem snuffly nose, a cough, or feeling hot and cold, again this is the time to boost the Immune System.   Eating Citrus fruits, blackcurrants, rosehip syrup, green leafy vegetables, perhaps making a chicken soup using peas, beans and team it with the addition, upon serving out, of leafy green vegetables such as green cabbage, spinach, watercress and some fresh herbs.   Green leafy vegetables cook quickly, they don’t need the simmering that pulses need, so add them at the end of cooking and eat them with a bit of a crunch to absorb all the goodness.

Perhaps a course of Herb Echinacea (see Herb Monographs), and an extra supplement of zinc, and of course, Vitamin C is always a good choice when fighting a viral or bacterial infection.

Trace minerals carry out a diverse set of tasks. Here are a few examples:

Iron is best known for ferrying oxygen throughout the body.

Fluoride strengthens bones and wards off tooth decay.

Zinc helps blood to clot, is essential for taste and smell, and bolsters the immune response.

Copper helps form several enzymes, one of which assists with iron metabolism and the creation of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood.

The other trace minerals perform equally vital jobs, such as helping to block damage to body cells and forming parts of key enzymes or enhancing their activity.

A quick glance at the food recommended for all vitamins and minerals, that a healthy diet provides them all.   It isn’t necessary to count calories or to overstretch our patience by worrying whether we have spoiled a diet by eating something that is apparently ‘bad’.

Planning meals, buying food that is fresh, and leaving on the shelf prep-prepared food which is full of salt, and additives that are at best not worth eating, and are at worst actually bad for the body.   Eating freshly cooked food and cutting out fat and salt, and try to avoid snacks like crisps and biscuits, eating fruit instead, all this will result in a healthy diet that regulates itself.

Colours of food can help when choosing which to buy, green indicates its full of vitamins and minerals.  Orange, yellow, purple, green and red indicate that these vegetables and fruits that the body will welcome and make good use of.

Add this to exercise each day if possible, if it's only a walk, walking is really good for the body.   If a place to walk is possible to include trees or hedging, and a place where no traffic is rushing past, then its also good for the lungs, and the mind.

This could be the first step to a healthy body and a healthy mind.    Take care of the body and it will indeed take care of you.