Have you ever wondered what your body is made of? Sure, you know you’ve got muscle and bone, blood and cells, and no doubt, not the drop-dead profile you wish for. So, what is your body, really?
Science tells us that 99% of your body mass is comprised of Earth elements, specifically oxygen 65%, carbon 18%, hydrogen 10%, nitrogen 3%, calcium 1.5% and phosphorus 1%. Could it be that we love peanuts because they contain an abundance of carbon?
Water is a harmonious manifestation of hydrogen and oxygen. Your body contains from 65 to 90% of this illustrious substance. Not surprisingly, your brain requires more than any other organ. Water conducts the electricity that powers brain function, and every other action in the body for that matter. In accord with your body’s water ratio, it’s interesting to note that the Earth’s surface is 71% water. Skimp on the water and you sacrifice your health.
Nitrogen is essential for the creation of proteins; your hair, skin and nails, for example. It is also a building block of DNA and RNA which are the codes and regulators for your cell’s reproduction. You simply wouldn’t have a body like yours without them.
Calcium is the fifth-most-abundant element by mass in the Earth’s crust so it should be no surprise that you can’t live without it either. It’s not such a bad idea to ask your bones and teeth, which store 99% of your body’s calcium, how much they need this necessary element. Ask your heart, who’s electrical and contraction action requires this abundant mineral, partnered with magnesium, how good a day you’d have without this elemental requirement.
Again, to walk the Earth you’ve got to have phosphorus. There would be no energy for your cells, any hope of cellular repair or reproduction without it.
Lesser by volume, but not least in importance, are the elements potassium .35%, sulfur .15%, sodium .15%, and magnesium .05%. Potassium and sodium are primary for nerve function, which of course includes taste. Sulfur, so crucial for metabolic function, is abundant in our favorite garlic and onions. With many finding an inadequacy of magnesium in our modern foods, we see it favored as a supplement. You can’t relax without these elements!
Making up only .7% of your body’s mass are the Earth elements copper, zinc, selenium, molybdenum, fluorine, chlorine, iodine, manganese, cobalt and iron. In proper amounts they are magnificent, but in excess, like so many things, they can work against you. Take for example fluoride, which in some form is supplemented in toothpaste, municipal water, and about 50% of pharmaceuticals. It has recently come to light that beyond its trace dietary need, it causes a crust to form around the brain’s pineal gland, the seat of creativity, intuition and your capacity to link with other realms of consciousness. This trickster fluoride is something we’re sure to hear more about.
Finally, the trace elements lithium, strontium, aluminum, silicon, lead, vanadium, arsenic and bromine, a tiny little bit goes a long way for health. Excess is abusive and even deadly.
This is not to say that you are made only of Earth’s elements. In fact, the space within your structure is greater than its mass. But that is a subject for another day.
Simple, but profound, is the understanding that we hu(mus)mans are dressed in the elements of Earth, the garb of our true Mother. Turning from her is our folly, for she alone knows best how to foster her children.
Ref: H. A. Harper, V. W. Rodwell, P. A. Mayes, Review of Physiological Chemistry, 16th ed., Lange Medical Publications, Los Altos, California 1977.