What causes mineral imbalances?
There are a variety of factors that independently or collectively contribute toward mineral imbalances. Common factors include:
- Diet – Improper diets that include a high intake of refined and processed foods, sugar, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a mineral imbalance. Even a “healthy” diet can lead to a mineral imbalance.
- Stress – Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
- Medications – Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can create imbalances through excessive retention or depletion of minerals. In addition, toxic elements are common in medications.
- Pollution – From conception through adulthood, the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metals and chemical toxins. Our air, water, and food are sources; however, common household, workplace, and personal products also contribute to our exposures.
- Nutritional Supplements – Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of nutritional supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall imbalance.
- Inherited Patterns – A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from your parents.
Should I be concerned about mineral imbalances?
Minerals are important cofactors for other essential nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids. As such, when mineral excesses or deficiencies (imbalances) exist, other essential nutrients just mentioned become compromised in many metabolic pathways.
For example, depending on the metabolic pathway, an amino acid requires a specific vitamin and mineral to complete its function in the metabolic pathway. As a result, this may easily contribute toward myriad symptoms throughout the mind and body.
In addition, when the body is deficient in any essential nutrient, the body’s ability to detoxify becomes compromised. Detoxification includes the elimination of toxic elements, chemical toxins, and natural occurring toxins (metabolic toxins) produced by the metabolism.
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