Are you getting enough minerals?

A number of minerals are essential for health: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, sulphur, cobalt, copper, fluoride, manganese, and selenium but how to we make sure we are getting enough and if we are deficient in any, how do we increase our mineral status?

1. BIOAVAILABILITY-Minerals are unique amongst dietary nutrients as they can be difficult to absorb with the exception of sodium, potassium and chloride. Most mineral absorption happens in the small intestine. Bioavailability is defined as “the amount of (a given nutrient) in food, medications, and supplements that are absorbed in the intestines and ultimately available for biological activity in your cells and tissues.”. For a nutrient to be capable of being used or available to the body it must either be present in the diet in a form that can be absorbed by the body or in a form that is capable of being transformed in order to be absorbed as well as in a form that can be utilised in normal metabolic processes. Before we even begin to look at and support how your body is absorbing those nutrients, it is important to make sure we are taking in bioavailable nutrients.

2.AVAILABILITY- Ideally, the food we eat should supply us with the necessary organic minerals, but some people are deprived of this option because of dietary habits and lifestyle factors. For example, with intensive, industrial-based agriculture having the necessity of using pesticides and nitrogen-based fertilisers, plants are stimulated to grow artificially and due to their fast growth mineral content may be depleted. How does this affect us? In all aspects of human health- Minerals are the sparks of life and our health can depend on the fertility of our soil. Nutrients constitute much of the vital energy in the foods we eat and equally, the more diverse and dynamic our diet, the greater our potential for health. So the capacity for nutritional therapy to exert health benefits is indeed profound. However, we are routinely confronted by clients in an inflammatory, congested state with a lifestyle that does not sufficiently nourish them. To overcome these barriers it is often necessary to intervene with individual or combination supplements.

3. UTILISATION-Many don’t realise the significance of this part when it comes to nutrition. How your body is able to absorb and utilise these minerals depends a lot on the state of your digestion and digestive problems are the most common issue that I come across. Even without obvious symptoms, it is often still necessary to address the digestive system. Simply bombarding a stressed or weakened system can be either over- stimulating or just ineffective. It is crucial to support the terrain of the body in order to allow for optimum mineral absorption.

Nutritional therapy can help support you through all three of these steps to ensure an improvement in your ability to absorb minerals. Check out my services here