From the hair on your head to the bones that support you and the blood that runs through you, your body relies on minerals for optimal health and functioning. Minerals are broken into two categories: macrominerals and trace minerals. Since the body cannot make minerals, we must get them from food or water.
What are trace minerals?
Many foods and vitamin formulas contain the major macrominerals, such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. The challenge is trace minerals, such as selenium, copper, manganese and molybdenum. There are over seventy known trace minerals, many of which scientists continue to study to understand the critical role they play in human health. These are not commonly added to vitamin-mineral formulas.
Why are food sources are no longer enough?
There was a time when non-processed foods, like dark leafy greens (and others), provided all the minerals we need. But today, that’s not the case. According to The US Department of Agriculture and other researchers our food remains relatively stable in terms of vitamins but deficient in minerals, particularly trace minerals, which we need for optimal health.
Symptoms of mineral deficiencies are varied and can surface at any time.
Trace mineral deficiency symptoms can include:
GI issues: constipation, bloating, diarrhea, poor digestion
Poor immune function
Impaired cognitive function: memory, learning, brain fog
Muscle issues: pain, spasms, cramping, weakness, restless leg syndrome
Generalized pain, weakness or fatigue
Developmental delays or behavioral issues
So, how do we address this dilemma?
Eat healthy, non-processed foods, especially dark leafy greens, vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes and lean proteins. Supplement with a good quality multiple vitamin and mineral formula (macrominerals) and use a separate trace mineral formula. Trace minerals are acquired from the mineral rich waters found in certain oceans and seas around the globe such as the Great Salt Lake and the Australian Ocean. They can also be plant-derived. These can be taken as a capsule, liquid, powder and even added to your water. We can easily test your mineral levels should we suspect a deficiency or imbalance. Ask me about the best product and dose for your optimal health.