Essential means Essential Trace means you need a small amount! But you still need it!
Your body has an innate ability to heal itself and maintain balance with the right nutrients. Some nutrients, trace minerals, copper, zinc, chromium to name a few, are the minerals that help the body to get into and stay in balance. Our body doesn’t manufacture these minerals that is why it is important to supplement and get them from your food. Iodine is a trace mineral. You remember in school the mineral chart. Do you know why Iodine is at the top in the middle by itself? You need iodine for thyroid hormones to control body metabolism. You can get iodine from seaweed, grains and eggs. They don’t teach you this in school, but without Iodine, needed in every cell, you don’t absorb any of the elements below it on the chart!
I believe the best absorption and to get the balance you need is to get your minerals and nutrients from foods. HERBS ARE FOOD. I don’t take a specific vitamin. I take herbs that contain the vitamins and minerals my body needs. They are in their natural compounds and easily digested and assimilated by the body. If you start taking trace minerals by themselves, chances are that you will take too much or not enough and cause an imbalance somewhere. For example, too much zinc could cause a deficiency in copper because they are both absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and in a similar way so you may wind up copper deficient. It also helps to form hemoglobin and collagen. Then your hair starts to thin and fall out because it depends on oxygen at the follicle to grow…and for the hair color. Yes lack of copper is gray hair! Foods high in copper, you can start with beef liver, cashews, dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, chickpeas and legumes.
We need zinc for many reasons. It helps the immune system to protect us from viruses and bacteria, to make proteins and DNA. When you are pregnant and through childhood the body uses zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc deficiency can present in the body as poor memory, brain fog, frequent colds, leaky gut, hair loss or gray hair, PICA (cravings for non foods) and slow wound healing are only a few symptoms. You can get zinc from burdock, chamomile, parsley, turmeric, sage, oregano, garlic. Veggies such as broccoli, spinach collard greens, kale, mushrooms and asparagus. Fruits such as pomegranate, avocado, blackberries (my favorite) raspberries, apricots, bananas and many more!
So you see the body always wants to be in balance. Calcium and magnesium are really important especially if your heart freezes….Magnesium relaxes the heart muscle. The body uses calcium to stiffen up during stress and then looks for magnesium to relax. Problem is if you used it all from the stress of last week and you didn’t have any extra resource in the body, well do I have to really explain this scenario? Hope not. Just take the essential nutrients for proper balanced functions in the body and be healthy and have a happy life!
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