Listen up – if you have ANY kind of lingering health issue, chances are that you are suffering from some type of mineral deficiency. If you even have just one mineral that is in a deficit, it can set off a cascade of issues as areas of the body that require that particular nutrient are severely impaired.
Many people are waking up to this fact and have been rushing to one of the most heavily marketed mineral deficiencies, magnesium. Indeed, magnesium is a very important nutrient and has been referred to as the miracle mineral for these reasons and more. However, magnesium is not the only mineral you should considering, and a focus on just one at the expense of the others can put your mineral balance in jeopardy, which can cause other problems in the future.
So what causes a mineral deficiency in the first place, what are the symptoms. and how do you correct and balance them more easily?
I’m glad you asked.
Main causes of mineral deficiencies
There are a multitude of reasons we have become mineral deficient, and very few people have been able to side step all the major causes that can lead to it. Some of the main causes of mineral deficiencies include:
- Poor soil conditions due to continuous tilling and application of chemical agricultural products (herbicides, pesticides) as well as inferior soil fertilization techniques that produce food deficient in minerals.
- Consumption of conventional (non-organic), processed foods that have been stripped of nutrients and have facilitated a poor inner ecology (gut bacterial balance).
- Chronic stress.
- Lack of adequate enzymes and probiotics to properly break down nutrients in food.
- Low stomach acid.
- Daily coffee consumption.
- Ingestion of fluoridated, unfiltered, or otherwise “dead” water.
- Excess sugar, artificial sweetener, and flour consumption.
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
- Prescription medication intake.
- Excessive heavy metals inside the body (from metal fillings, vaccines, seafood, pollution, lead based paint).
Now ask yourself…have you been able to avoid ALL of these in your LIFETIME? Or have you been subject to the majority of them during your lifetime? Please keep in mind a few years of largely avoiding these things doesn’t make up for decades of unintentional abuse. You may have slowed down the tap, but your tub is likely still running over.
Signs of mineral deficiencies
Depending on the deficiency, it can manifest symptoms in a variety of ways. Some of the core mineral deficiencies that can cause the most issues include magnesium, iodine, and zinc. Symptoms associated with these and other minerals can include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Poor concentration
- Weakness or fatigue
- Muscle cramping
- Decreased immune system
- Slowed development in children (bones, social, mental)
- Brittle bones or osteoporosis
- Impaired wound healing
- Loss of appetite
- Irregular heartbeat
- Constipation, bloating, or abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Poor skin, nail, and hair health
If you experience one or more of these conditions, the odds of a mineral deficiency is very high and you should take action to correct it for improved health.
Ways to correct a mineral deficiency
Aside from avoiding the main causes of mineral deficiencies, and eating cleaner and more nutrient dense foods, there are a few other things you can easily incorporate daily that will help to slowly (but surely) remineralize your body. Some of these things include:
- Fresh spring water (find a source here)
- Pink Himalayan sea salt
- Sea vegetables
- Root vegetables
- Soaked nuts and seeds
In addition to adding these to your diet, you should also consider digestive enzymes and HCL (to help digest difficult foods that contain abundant minerals like nuts and seeds), as well as mineral supplements in order to more aggressively tackle a deficiency (if required). It will often take 3-6 months (and sometimes years) of near perfect habits to completely re-mineralize the body, so be patient. Results will typically start to show more quickly than that, so that’s the good news!
Don’t cheap out or risk your health by compromising on any of the above recommendations, and you will start to note health improvements that come with a properly mineralized body (a lack of the above symptoms, to start)!
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