Mineral Deficiency: A Major Health Problem in Modern Life

by | Aug 21, 2015 | Column 2 | 0 comments

Do you have any of the following symptoms? If so, you likely have less than optimal mineral balance:

  • PMS
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Chocolate cravings
  • Sugar cravings
  • Constipation
  • Candida or chronic yeast infections
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Chronic viral infections
  • Low blood pressure, low pulse
  • Slow thyroid
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Feelings of despair and hopelessness
  • Problems concentrating
  • Muscle cramps and muscle aches
  • Eating disorders
  • Hypoglycemia, blood sugar problems
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems
  • Adrenal fatigue or burnout
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling dehydrated no matter how much you drink
  • Dry skin
  • Feeling stressed

Over the past few years I have become passionate about minerals. Minerals have a profound affect on both physiology and psychology   Minerals are elements that come from the earth and are absolutely vital to life. Every enzymatic reaction requires a mineral of some kind. The human body is able to manufacture some of the building blocks it needs like certain vitamins, proteins and fatty acids. However, the body is not able to produce any minerals. They must come from the earth via food, water, air or transdermally (through the skin).

Many people think that if you eat a healthy, balanced diet that there is no need for supplementation. 200 years ago this may have been the case. However, today it is nearly impossible to have an optimal mineral balance from a healthy diet alone. This is because our major source of minerals (the soil our food is grown in) has been severely depleted by modern farming techniques. Due to chemical fertilizers which only contain a few minerals rather than the full spectrum, foods “look” better than ever, but they contain fewer minerals than they did 100 years ago.

So, how do you know which minerals you need? This is a complicated question because minerals work synergistically in the body. Minerals never operate in isolation; they require co-factors which can be other minerals, vitamins, fats, or proteins. I have found that the best way to find out your body’s unique mineral profile is to have a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) done.