Keeping your body’s minerals balanced can be a complicated process AFTER exposure to toxic elements. It can require help from a practitioner familiar with mineral balancing and mineral analysis. However here are some basic steps we can all take to improve our resistance to toxic metals that we’re all exposed to on a daily basis.
- Eat a sufficient amount of animal protein in your diet. Although some non animal foods such as beans and rice can be combined to create a complete protein it is still insufficient in bioavailability (your body’s ability to metabolize the amino acids from the proteins). Sufficient animal proteins are needed to stimulate your body to produce HCl stomach acid, required to digest proteins into amino acids, which are required to carry vital minerals from the digestive tract into the body. HCl deficiency is a huge problem in industrialized countries such as ours and causes many other complications.
- Take a cod liver oil supplement. Cod liver oil has been clinically proven to increase the absorption of Calcium the most abundant mineral in the body. It also has the perfect ratio between omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for humans and has many other health benefits beyond mineral absorption.
- Supplement minerals, especially if you have an active lifestyle or sweat at the gym a couple of times a week. Whether you sweat from a workout or not you’re constantly losing minerals from the body just from urination and the moisture evaporating off your skin. These minerals need to be replaced often as your body cannot manufacture new minerals as it can vitamins. Due to our industrialized food supply and soil depletion, even if you’re eating local organic, studies have shown that the minerals in our food have dropped significantly in the last 60 years. I recommend taking the RDA of all the macro minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, and also taking a supplement with trace minerals in it. The trace mineral supplement is a good idea to change brands a couple times a year just to have different sources and make sure all your bases are covered.
- Drink 2 to 3 liters of water a day. Water is the number one nutrient deficiency in America according to many experts and is vital in keeping detoxification pathways open. As with HCl and cod liver oil there are so many other health benefits to drinking water that go beyond the scope of this article that cannot be explored here. I recommend spring water or tap water filtered with a cheap carbon filter. The more water is filtered and the closer it is to distilled the more trace minerals are taken from it. Just like we need animal protein to absorb minerals, we need minerals in our water in order for the H2O molecule to enter our cells and truly hydrated us.
- Sweat with a sauna, hot bathor other infrared heat to keep your skin, your largest organ active. and healthy for detoxification. Make sure that you stay very hydrated when you have a sweating p
- Because of the powerful mineral profile of organic, pastured, grassfed bone broth, it is of great help in detoxing from heavy metals. Its healing properties regarding the digestive system also increases the body's ability to take in minerals from all the food eaten. A daily dose of broth is always a good thing.
I hope you find these recommendations useful and am happy to elaborate on any of the points we’ve presented here. I offer hair mineral analysis and mineral balancing as a part of my nutritional therapy practice and have seen many amazing improvements with clients who are able to make changes in diet and lifestyle to meet their body’s needs.