Why minerals are so important...
- Co-factors in energy production
- Supports thyroid health and helps thyroid hormones get into the cell
- Support stress, sleep, mental health
- PMS support
- Blood Sugar Management
- Digestion support
I focus a lot on minerals because minerals are crucial to activate enzymes that kick off essential reactions in the body. Without proper mineral balance, certain reactions will become compromised. Mineral imbalances can lead to hormone issues, gut issues, and can impact your adrenals.
The most common mineral imbalances are:
1. Slow Adrenal Function: Stress depletes minerals. Depletion of minerals like sodium and magnesium can make it harder for our adrenals to respond to stress.
2. Blood Sugar Imbalances: We need calcium and magnesium to be balanced for insulin to release appropriately. This imbalance between both minerals can cause blood sugar to spike or go too low. Low blood sugar leads to higher cortisol levels. Without enough potassium, we cannot get sugar inside our cells.
3. Slow Thyroid Function: We need potassium to take our thyroid hormone and get it inside our cells. Excess calcium can bind to iodine receptors, where our thyroid hormone should be binding.4. Compromised Gut Health: We need enough copper to protect our gut health, but we must also look at our iron levels. Excess iron can lead to bacterial overgrowths.
5. Low Stomach Acid: Too little sodium can lead to low stomach acid production. We need stomach acid to digest our food, absorb our nutrients, and protect us from pathogens.
6. Low Energy Production: We need enough copper and magnesium to make ATP, our main source of energy.
Thank you for reading!
This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by Functional Medicine Specialist, Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, and Holistic Health Coach, Dr. Kristina Telhami, and edited by the Clean Skin Club team. If you're interested in more from Kristina, please shoot us an email, and follow her Instagram - @dr.kristinatelhami