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Laugh with Health is the complete ‘body system’
guide to health and healing. Now completely
revised and updated, this practical, easy-to-use
Unique food charts and vital health hints for
A detailed explanation of 36 essential vitamins
Food combination charts for improved digestion
Simple recipe ideas based on a full range of
Specific natural food diets for various common
Recommended by medical doctors and
naturopaths, Laugh with Health is everyone’s
essential reference for living a life of health and
In print for over 25 years, it has been the top-selling Australian health book for the last 10 years. Over 130,000 copies have been sold. This new edition with Exisle has been fully revised, updated and redesigned to give the book a fresh look and a new lease on life! Your complete guide to health, diet, nutrition and natural foods.
Manfred Urs Koch has had a lifelong passion for natural health, and after years of intense research, he has completed the most comprehensive guide to natural health available
in this country, ‘Laugh With Health’. Every home needs a copy of this book — it’s like having your very own naturopath on your bookshelf!
“This book, ‘Laugh with Health’, gives us the opportunity of understanding the benefits of eating well, eating naturally.” — Dr John Tickell.
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Minerals perform a multitude of vital functions throughout the human body. There are 14 essential main minerals and five essential trace minerals.
Minerals are required for the construction of new cells. Every day the human body bilds new cells : blood cells, bone cells, connective cells, epithelium cells, muscular cells, nerve cells, skin cells, and skeletal cells.
Minerals are the major building blocks for cells in addition to amino acids and fatty acids. Throughout, there are over 200 specific functions of the individual minerals.
Minerals are the conveyer of vital electrical stimuli along nerves to activate the human body. Minerals are converted into organic salts via digestion. These organic salts are dissolved into body fluids such as water and blood.
Minerals have either positive ions or negative ions. Similar ions will repel and opposite charged ions will attract. This is essential for all human body movements, such as relaxation and contraction of muscles, triggered by stimulus from the brain and nervous system.
Minerals are vital for the acid-alkaline blood and body balance. Ideally, the diet should provide 75% alkaline-forming foods and 25% acid-forming foods.
The main alkaline-forming foods are fruits, vegetables, almonds, millet and brown rice. Most other foods are acid forming. Every food has both acid and alkaline minerals. A food is termed acid when the end product, after digestion, provides an acid ash or residue.
Various common ailments can be attributed to a prolonged deficiency of a particular mineral. Processed foods are often depleted in their supply of minerals, especially the trace minerals.
Balance your life and body with the right foods that give life, not the wrong foods that take away life! Any substance that causes cells dehydration is a wrong food.
See that you are obtaining at least a few of those foods each mineral group regularly. Following is a guide to the approx. percentage of minerals compared to body weight and also the various essential nutrients and their proportion with the human body composition.
ELEMENTS & MINERALS BODY WEIGHT
CARBON 18 % + NITROGEN 3 % + HYDROGEN 10 % + OXYGEN 65 % = 96 %
WATER H2O 75 %.
CALCIUM 2 %
PHOSPHORUS 1 %
POTASSIUM 0.4 %
SULPHUR 0.25 %
CHLORINE 0.25 %
SODIUM 0.25 %
FLUORIDE 0.20 %
MAGNESIUM 0.05 %
IRON 0.008 %
MANGANESE 0.003 %
SILICON 0.002 %
COPPER 0.002 %
IODINE 0.00004 %
TOTAL OF MINERALS: 4 %
ELEMENTS & MINERALS
TOTAL BODY WEIGHT : 96 % + 4 % = 100 %
NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF THE HUMAN BODY
CARBOHYDRATES 2 %
PROTEIN 20 %
LIPIDS 15 %
WATER 55 %
MINERALS 7 %
VITAMINS 1 %
TOTAL NUTRIENT COMPOSITION 100 %
CALCIUM (CA) - ALKALINE MINERAL
1. CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Calcium regulates the heartbeat and, in combination with the mineral magnesium, it is vital for the nourishment of the cardiovascular system: heart, arteries, veins and capillaries.
2. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Calcium is essential for the involuntary muscular movements of the digestive system (peristaltic action) and thereby protects against constipation.
3. GLANDULAR SYSTEM
The parathyroid glands regulate the storage of calcium throughout the human body in combination with sunlight, vitamin D. Regular moderate sunlight is vital for healthy glands and for calcium metabolism.
5. MUSULAR SYSTEM
Muscle need calcium to contract and relax. Cramps are often due to a calcium deficiency, as muscle fibres cannot contract or slide and mesh properly without a steady flow of calcium ions. Eating yoghurt the night before a big race can prevent cramps.
6. NERVOUS SYSTEM
CALCIUM COMBINED WITH MAGNESIUM IS REQUIRED FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF NERVE IMPULSES TO MUSCLES.
20. REPAIR SYSTEM
Calcium foods are essential for the repair of bone fractures, and in combination with a regular daily supply of vitamin D (sunlight) plus such foods such as almonds, tahini and fresh vegetables, for the nutrients phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, silicon, fluorine, copper and vitamins A and C. Try a salad sandwich with Cheddar cheese and a spread of tahini on rye bread for a great bone repair lunch, while sitting outside in moderate sunlight, 10 A.M to 2 P.M.
8. SKELETAL SYSTEM
Calcium is the most important bone mineral, and with 200 bones in the adult skeleton it is vital to ensure a regular supply of calcium, with most emphasis for growing children and for women during pregnancy and lactation, plus the elderly.
Various factors are important with regard to proper calcium absorption for a strong-skeletal system.