Answering another common question I get when it comes to supporting mineral levels: should I work on my gut health before I address my minerals?
For most people, it’s best to work on minerals first. Digestive issues are stressful both physically and mentally. When we have a long history of gut issues, what often happens is our minerals get depleted over time. This lowers our bodies ability to handle stress.
Knowing your mineral status prior to completing gut protocols, especially those that are dealing with eradication, can be helpful since many people with poor gut health are also very mineral depleted.
Gut protocols can often increase our stress in the short term in order to get rid of long term stressors like a pathogen or overgrowth of bacteria or candida. If we are going into a gut protocol with depleted minerals, we may not tolerate it well. This often leads to being unable to carry out the full protocol and feeling like you’re back at square one.
Does this mean we never address our gut health? Absolutely not. My goal in helping my clients is to support their bodies first and make sure they are working from a solid foundation.
Minerals are also important for maintaining a healthy gut.
3 Examples Of How Minerals Impact Gut Health:
1. We need minerals like sodium and potassium to make stomach acid, which helps us digest our food.
2. Deficiencies in copper or excesses of iron can feed pathogens and lead to an overgrowth of candida.
3. Copper, zinc, selenium, and iodine are all important for healthy immune system function.
Incorporating hair mineral testing with or before doing stool testing has been incredibly helpful for long term gut health in my practice. We never want to skip those crucial foundational steps.
👉🏼The best place to start is by knowing your mineral status. Take my free mineral quiz to help you understand where your minerals are at!