Some old school friends were hanging out after years of not seeing each other at the same time for years. At one point they were telling jokes (about science facts) which some did not find interesting – since they were lawyers, businessmen and the lot. To break the cycle, one got up and said, “people think chemistry jokes are funny, but I think they are prephospherus! (Preposterous)”. Well, only the science persons laughed. That’s because like many of us, most people have never heard of phosphorus unless they did Chemistry in their school career and were paying attention.
Phosphorus is actually 1% of a person’s body weight. This is so because it is found in each cell of the body. If you want to maintain healthy teeth and bones, phosphorus is essential. It works with calcium in order to boost the strength of your bones. Without phosphorus, your bones will easily deteriorate due to daily wear and tear. You will also become more exposed to bone disorders like osteoporosis. Tooth decay and gum problems are also common causes of phosphorus deficiency. To maintain good oral health, make sure that you’re getting enough phosphorus.
Phosphorus can also help improve your digestion, especially if you regularly suffer from gastrointestinal problems like bloating or indigestion, Phosphorus is effective in relieving bowel movement disorders like diarrhea or constipation. Since toxins and wastes are effectively eliminated from your body, the kidneys are able to maintain good health.
This mineral even plays an important role in keeping the kidneys healthy. It does this by ensuring the proper release of waste from the kidneys through the process of urination and excretion. By increasing the quantity and frequency of urination, the body is able to balance its levels of uric acid, excess salts, water, and even fat, since urine is usually about 4% fat. Phosphorus encourages the healthy balance of all fluids and materials that are eliminated from the body, thereby helping the entire body remain healthy and toxin-free.
Phosphorus also plays a part in the production and regulation of hormones. Certain hormones are required for you to achieve good reproductive health. Phosphorus helps in making these hormones available. If you’re currently undergoing menopause then chances are you’re suffering symptoms as a result of fluctuating estrogen levels. Since phosphorus regulates reproductive hormones, getting enough of this mineral might relieve your symptoms.
Phosphorus plays a role in the production of protein in the body. Protein is essential for proper cell reproduction. When your cells experience damage, they need to repair or replace themselves. Phosphorus combined with protein makes this process possible.
Phosphorus is also abundant in the cells of the brain. This means that to be able to have proper brain functions, the right amount of phosphorus in the body is essential. Memory, concentration and other mental activities are improved with consumption of the necessary nutrients, and these nutrients include phosphorus.
Now that you are aware of the many health benefits of phosphorus, it’s time to make sure that your regular diet has enough in it. Phosphorus can be found in many types of nuts and seeds, such as almonds, sunflower seeds, squash seeds and pumpkin seeds. Meat, eggs and fish like salmon are also rich in this mineral. To increase your phosphorus intake, you might also want to eat more whole grains, wheat and potatoes. So for something that takes up such a large percentage of our body structure, we need to start giving it the importance it should have.