I was flipping through one of my many books and came across some very interesting information.
Many of you know that sometimes we may become deficient in certain minerals. In order to avoid becoming deficient, it is a good idea that you eat a variety of foods.
Dr. Bernard Jensen, author of Foods That Heal, found that his patients had four chemical elements of which deficiencies existed.
The four elements were calcium, iodine, silicon, and sodium. There are foods that are high in these minerals that can be added into your meal plan.
He believed that most people were slightly to seriously deficient in these chemical elements and that many unnecessary health problems occurred as a result.
High sources of calcium are found in sesame seeds, dulse, Irish moss, kelps and greens. Foods high in calcium listed below:
- agar, almonds, avocados, barley, beet greens, beans, blackstrap molasses, bran, brazil nuts, broccoli, brown rice, Brussels sprouts, buckwheat, butter, raw, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cheeses: hard and cottage; raw, chia seeds, coconut, cornmeal (yellow), cream (raw), dandelion greens, dulse, egg yolk, figs, filberts, fish, gelatin, greens, Irish moss, kelp, kohlrabi, lentils, milk: goat and cow; raw, millet, oats, onions, parsnips, prunes, rice polish, rye, sesame seeds, soy milk, veal joint jelly or broth, walnuts, watercress, wheat (whole).
Kelp and dulse (Nova Scotia) are high in iodine. Foods high in iodine listed below:
- agar, artichokes, asparagus, bass, beans, blueberries, Brussels sprouts, cardamom, carrots, chervil, chives, coconut, cucumber, eggplant, fish, fish roe, garlic, goat cottage cheese, goat milk, whey, green peppers, green turtle, haddock, halibut, herring, kale, leaf lettuce, loganberries, mustard greens, oats (steel cuts), okra, onions (green and dried), oysters (raw), peanuts, perch, pike, potatoes (sweet and white), quail, rutabaga, salsify, seaweed, silver salmon, sole, spinach, squash, strawberries, Swiss chard, tofu, tomato (ripe), trout, tuna, turnips, turnip greens, watercress, watermelon.
Oats and barley are very high in silicon foods. Foods high in silicon listed below:
- alfalfa broth and tea, apples, apricots, asparagus, bananas, barley, beans, beets, beet greens, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, corn, cucumbers, dandelion greens, dates, figs (dried), grains, greens (mustard and turnip), horseradish, kelp, kohlrabi, lettuce, marjoram,millet, nectarines, oats, onions, parsnips, plums, potatoes (sweet), pumpkin, raisins, rice (brown and wild), rice bran and syrup, rice polishings, spinach, sprouted seeds strawberries, sunflower seeds, tomatoes (ripe), turnip, watermelon, wheat bran, wheat germ, whole wheat.
Foods that have a fair amounts of sodium include other cabbage, water chestnuts, garlic, peaches (dried), radishes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cashews. Foods high in sodium listed below:
- apples, apricots (dried), asparagus, barley, beets and greens, cabbage (red), carrots, celery, cheeses, chick-peas (dried), dandelion greens, dates, dulse, egg yolks, figs, fish, goat milk, horseradish, Irish moss, kale, kelp, lentils, milk (raw), mustard greens, okra, olives (black), parsley, peas (dried), peppers (hot red and dried), prunes, raisins, sesame seeds, spinach, strawberries, sunflower seeds, Swiss chard, turnips, veal joint broth, whey.
As you can see, some foods show up more than once on the lists. Remember to always eat a variety of foods. This way you try different foods, don’t get bored and you get what you need.
*There are some animal foods listed. If you are a vegetarian/vegan, stick with the plant-based foods.
The information for this post is found in Foods That Heal by Dr. Bernard Jensen (pages 39-44).