Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Chlorine the Cleansing Mineral

No today's post isn't about whether or not to swim in a chlorinated pool. It's not even about whether or not to use chlorine bleach as a home cleaning product. Organic chlorine is a mineral that our bodies need to function properly and oddly enough much like it's evil twin inorganic chlorine, it serves a cleansing function in the body.

Functions of Chlorine: In the body, chlorine is known as the great "cleanser" as it expels waste matter, helps to clean the blood, and keeps the joints and tendons supple.

  • Organic sodium chloride (not table salt) reduces acidity and enhances circulation by regulating how much water is taken into the blood stream. It regulates the concentration of your blood.

  • Increases osmosis - the ability of nutrients to get in cells and waste to get out.

  • Important for efficient digestion. Chloride is a large component of hydrochloric acid which your stomach uses in digestion.
  • Decreases nerve pain (analgesics). Chlorine will actually reduce excess conduction of nerve messages reducing pain symptoms. This mineral could have something to do with "pain tolerance".

  • Most concentrated in blood, lymph and pancreatic fluids

  • Fights germs and bacteria

  • Combats odors

  • Removes impurities

Signs of Chlorine Deficiency

  • Depression, irritability, gloom, and poor outlook on life;

  • Sensation of head pressure and weight

  • Glandular swelling

  • Excess mucous formation
  • Inflammation and pain

  • Restlessness and anxiety

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Sluggish liver

  • Poor appetite and metabolism

  • Painful urination

  • Muscular spasms and cramps

Best chlorine sources: Fish, raw goat milk, asparagus, avocados, bananas, beans, beets, blackberries, brazilnuts, brussel sprouts, cabbage (red, common, savoy), carrots, cauliflower, celery, cheeses (Danish bleu, Italian, Roquefort, Swiss), chicory, chickpeas, chives, coconut, corn, cucumbers, dandelion greens, dates, dock (sorrel), eggplant, endive, figs, filberts, guava, horseradish (raw), kale, kelp, kohlrabi, lean meat, leeks, lentils, lettuce (leaf and sea), mangoes, oats, onions, parsnips, peaches, peas, pineapple, potatoes with skins, radishes, raisins, red raspberries, rutabaga, sauerkraut, spinach, strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, watermelon, and white beans.

As always there are so many great whole food ways to supplement our bodies with the minerals it needs. Try a few new foods from the list and enjoy!


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