Ninety-five percent of the body's activities are run by minerals, not vitamins. Our biochemistry is mineral-dependent.
As has been mentioned previously, each cell contains over 4,000 enzymes. Every one of those enzymes is fully activated only when there are significant quantities of major and trace minerals present from eating the right diet.
Generally, the higher the concentration of minerals within a food, the better. Wild foods on average contain the most minerals. Homegrown and organic foods also contain a significant quantity of minerals as compared to commercial, chemically-grown foods. The beauty of our hair, skin, and nails depends on how mineralized we are. As you eat heavily mineralized raw-plant-food in the right balance, you will become like a beautiful fruit tree firmly rooted in the earth with a deep and solid foundation.
The primary determinant of what foods are alkaline and what foods are acidic is the mineral content of the food.
Foods rich in alkaline minerals (calcium, magnesium, silicon, iron, sodium, and manganese) create alkalinity in the body.
Foods rich in acidic minerals (phosphorus, chlorine, iodine, nitrogen, and to some degree sulfur) create acidity in the body.
We need both alkaline- and acid-forming foods to be healthy and in balance. Acid-forming foods are not, in and of themselves, bad ¬they are simply acid-forming. An excess of acidity is, however, quite harmful over the short and long term as it leads to inflammation, contraction, stiffness, tissue degeneration, water retention, itchy skin, and more.
Minerals are built up in the different parts of a plant or animal based on some unknown directive principle. Some areas of the plant or animal get the acid-forming minerals, some areas get the alkaline-forming minerals. For example, mature wheat plants may contain up to 67% silica (an alkaline forming compound), and even as much as 877o silica in the husk. However, no silica is found in the grain seed. The grain seed contains a preponderance of phosphorous (an acid-forming mineral) in quantities far exceeding anything found in any other part of the plant. We also find that the amount of iron varies widely in different parts of the cabbage plant. For instance, the mature green leaves of cabbage contain four times as much iron as the inner leaves.
The Acid/Alkaline Chart is based on the mineral-directive principle. This principle states that minerals are attracted to different areas of plants and animals. As the chart demonstrates, alkaline minerals are found in the leaves and stems of plants and in the bones of animals. Acidic minerals are found in the seeds and roots of plants and the muscles of animals. Fruits and flowers may be slightly acidic, slightly alkaline, or neutral. The organs and tissues of animals may be slightly acidic, slightly alkaline, or neutral.