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How to Eat More Nutrient Dense Foods

 

If you've been getting my Feminine Periodical, reading my blogs, or following me on social media for a while now, then you know that I am a bit obsessed with minerals.  I do hair mineral testing with all of my clients, and you can always find me cuddled up with a research article on minerals (mainly copper, magnesium, and iron).  Why am I so obsessed with minerals?  Because they activate thousands of reactions in the body.  In college, I learned about enzymes and how they are the catalyst for different chemical processes.  Those enzymes are primarily made up of amino acids from animal proteins.  This shows you how vital animal protein is, but what turns on those enzymes and allows them to work correctly?  You guessed it, minerals! 

When we have low levels of minerals in the body, these reactions slow down and work at a fraction of what they usually do.  This leads to the body compensating and not functioning at 100%. What causes a...

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Why Your Iron Deficiency Isn’t Just An Iron Issue

 

Like most things with the human body, an iron deficiency is more complicated than meets the eye. If your iron is low, we have to look deeper than just iron levels. Minerals work synergistically in the body, meaning they all impact each other--some more than others. I have a mineral series on my blog that you can read here and here. Low levels of one mineral like copper can lead to low levels of other minerals like iron. We also use vitamins to help us properly convert and move minerals throughout the body. An essential one is vitamin A. If your only solution to an iron deficiency issue is to take iron, that's ignoring a huge part of the iron deficiency picture. 


 

 

The Iron Recycling System

We all have an Iron Recycling System (RES) that helps our bodies produce 24mg of iron every 24 hours. Our bone marrow uses this iron to help make more red blood cells. Our red blood cells live for about 120 days and are then promptly broken down, and this process is...

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Minerals Part-2: Power Punchers

 

In my most recent blog, Minerals Part-1: Mechanics, I introduced the first level of minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. I detailed how each of these minerals plays a role in your body and why they are essential to your health. If you missed it, be sure to check it out. In this post, part-2 of the series, I will focus on how some of our most essential minerals interact with each other.




What effects do minerals have on our nervous system?

I’m starting with the nervous system because it has such a significant impact on our hormones. Typically, you hear me talking about the nervous system as it relates to stress. When the body is in the sympathetic nervous system (AKA stressed-out state), the body loses calcium and magnesium. I mentioned the importance of both of these in part-1 of this series. Phosphorus typically increases and can lead to difficulty sleeping and anxiety if we are in this state for too long. When the body is in the parasympathetic or...

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