In order to optimize our mineral status, we have to understand what drives mineral loss and imbalances in the first place.
Our Inherited Health:
We inherit our nutrition and health status at birth from our parents, especially our moms, which means we will inherit their nutrient deficiencies as well.
We can experience a lack of nutrient-dense foods for many reasons. It could be related to chronic dieting and restriction, a lack of access to nutrient-dense foods, a lack of knowledge about what is and is not healthy, or even depleted soil due to conventional farming practices. Whatever the reason may be, if we aren’t getting a variety of animal and plant foods in our diet and are leaning more toward processed foods or completely plant-based, it is very difficult to reach optimal nutrition status.
We live in a fast-paced world that doesn’t even slow down for meals anymore. We are expected to always be productive in some way and be available at all times. We are scrolling social media and taking in more information than our brains can handle, not to mention the comparison that also comes up for many people. Many women I work with have been dealing with stress from a young age and have been in chronic fight or flight most of their lives. This has left them depleted with very few mineral resources left. The way we live our lives does not support health or mineral balance.
Minerals are synergistic and antagonistic. Supplementing with minerals alone can lead to depletions in other minerals. For example, supplementing with zinc can deplete copper and lead to iron deficiency. Supplementing with calcium without also supporting magnesium can lead to magnesium deficiency.
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