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What causes mineral imbalances?
There are a variety of factors that independently or collectively contribute toward mineral imbalances.
Albeit we refer to mineral imbalances throughout the website, many of the most 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 “healthy foods” 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/Toxins – 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.
Improper Food Choices – beyond junk foods, improper food choices apply to the “healthy foods” category as well. Healthy foods are specific to your actual nutrient needs. Remember, “diet” is what you eat, and nutrition is the “healthy foods” that properly nourish the mind and body.
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.
Metabolic Activity – Nervous systems and endocrine gland activities (metabolic synchronization).
Immune Functions – All immune functions place extra demands on specific nutrients.
Thoughts and Emotions – Negative thoughts and emotions may be more powerful than your diet!
Should I be concerned about mineral imbalances?
Minerals are the absolute foundation of nutrition in soil, plant, animal, and human nutrition as revealed nutrient interrelationships and throughout this website.
Minerals are important cofactors for other essential nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids as well as other minerals. As such, when mineral excesses or deficiencies (imbalances) exist, other essential nutrients just mentioned become compromised in many metabolic pathways that may result in many metabolic toxins.
For example, depending on the metabolic pathway, an amino acid requires specific vitamins and minerals (referred to as cofactors) to function properly in the specific metabolic pathway. The lack of any specific cofactor required for the amino acid 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.
Lastly, many minerals are critical nutrient transporters by themselves as well as in combination with other nutrients that play vital roles in the nutrient transport systems.
Simply put, minerals are involved either directly or indirectly in every metabolic function throughout the mind and body. That is the importance of maintaining a dynamic balance of minerals.
Mineral salts are responsible for structural functions involving the skeleton and soft tissues and for regulatory functions including neuromuscular transmission, blood clotting, oxygen transport, and enzymatic activity. Calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are required in relatively large amounts and are designated as macrominerals. These are discussed in this chapter.National Research Council (US) Committee on Diet and Health. Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1989. 13, Minerals. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK218735/
Can I fix mineral imbalances?
However, depending on the severity of your mineral imbalances, it may require some time (years) to make improvements. Keep in mind, it normally takes years to get where you are and it cannot be repaired overnight – we will not mislead you. This is not to discourage you because as you begin to improve your mineral imbalances, many positive changes begin to happen.
As you can see throughout this website, we recommend a hair tissue mineral analysis as your primary nutritional screening. The main reason is that minerals (elements) are the absolute foundation of nutrition!
Our hair analysis reveals imbalances in your many essential minerals and also reveals the presence of several common toxic elements. Toxic elements are antagonistic to numerous essential nutrients. Also, because minerals are foundational cofactors in nutrition, it gives you a tremendous insight into many vitamins and amino acids. This was seen in nutrient interrelationships as well as examples throughout the website. Explore the site in Articles!
Our comprehensive hair analysis also provides a list of foods to increase and decrease as well as supplement recommendations. These recommendations are based on and formulated based on nutrient interrelationships.
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