I am pretty conservative about supplements and very conservative when it comes to supplementing with minerals. Minerals aren't just high or low. They all connect, and some are even antagonists. For example, copper and zinc are synergistic, meaning they work together, but having too much can still deplete the other. This is why I don't recommend supplementing with Zinc. Too much zinc will deplete copper, and copper is vital for so many things, but especially energy production within the body. We need the energy to make hormones! I did a blog series on the importance of minerals as it relates to hormone health. Magnesium is one of the minerals that I highlighted. Magnesium is essential for proper thyroid function and happens to be one of the minerals that everyone reacts well to. There are many ways in which you can increase your magnesium levels without taking a supplement, including:
I recently got a great question about why I use hair mineral testing most often and the difference between hair testing and hormone testing. I often get women asking me to run DUTCH comprehensive hormone testing, but I require hair mineral testing along with it. Let's dig into why!
What is hair mineral testing?
A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is used to measure the mineral content of the hair. It is easy and painless. Hair mineral testing requires one hair sample that weighs about 100mg, which is about one heaping tsp of hair (depending on your hair). You take the sample from the middle-lower part of your head (ideally), which is nice because it is easy to cover. You then cut the hair sample so that it is only 1.5" long.
This sample shows the body's mineral status for the last 90 days, which is a massive draw for me for using this with clients. The reason is most tests are only looking at a moment in time or...