A healthy body needs at least 18 minerals to function properly; 7 major minerals and 11 trace (minor) minerals. Minerals act as co-factors for enzymes in delivering nutrients into tissues. So without these co-factors, enzymes can’t work to deliver nutrients even if you have a plenty of them. In other words, minerals act like keys that unlock the door to the cells.
The major minerals we need are: Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, and sulfur. On a daily basis, our bodies require more than 100 milligrams of these major minerals but more importantly, the ratio of each mineral has to be maintained.
The trace minerals or minor minerals are boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, silicon, vanadium, and zinc.
Major Minerals and Their Functions
Calcium – bones contain more than 99 percent of the body’s calcium. Its main function is building and maintaining bone and teeth but it’s also important in much of the body’s enzyme activity which happens in muscles for contraction, neurotransmitters for neuronal activities, regulation of heartbeat, and blood clotting.
Magnesium – responsible for protein building, bone mineralization, muscle contraction, nerve impulse transmission, and immunity.
Potassium, Sodium & Chloride – are electrolytes – mineral salts – that work to conduct electricity when dissolved in water. It works with a negatively charged molecule, like chloride, for muscle contraction and nerve impulse transmission. Important for maintaining blood pressure, heart function, kidney and adrenal function.
Phosphorus – next to Calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body. It’s stored in bones and teeth but it works to filter out waste in the kidney, muscle repair, and cell function. It works with vitamins, iodine, magnesium, and zinc.
Sulfur – present in nails, hair, and skin and it helps with brain function and cell activity as well. It’s part of amino acids and acts to help keratin give great strength.
As stated, minerals are important for body function but more importantly, balanced ratio of minerals is the key to a healthy body. And how do we know if they are balanced? Unfortunately, until we experience deficiency symptoms, we don’t know if they are balanced. And even if we have symptoms, it’s hard to detect which ones need balancing.
But the good news is, there is an easy and inexpensive test you can do before you experience deficiency symptoms.
According to Lydia Shatney, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a simple as clipping some hair for analysis can detect mineral levels plus a myriad of possible toxins in your body.
Mineral Balancing with Lydia Shatney
I had the pleasure of chatting with Lydia who has been using trace mineral hair analysis to help her clients to find the cause of their health issues on Wellness Wednesday Webinar. She shared her son’s hair analysis report during the chat and you can also see it in detail here. She helps to interpret the report, recommends dietary changes to restore minerals that are needed, and to plan how to use supplements if needed.
Watch the webinar below. Of course, we chatted about what she had for breakfast in the beginning. 🙂 It’s important to start the day with a good nutritional meal! If you want to skip right to the hair analysis part, go to about 9 minute mark.
So if you think you might need to check your mineral levels, check out her blog and her services. If may answer many of your mineral deficiency related health questions.
Lydia is also the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Lydia offers specialized step by step consultations to transform one’s health with the use of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis which is used to create an individualized, nutritional protocol.
Disclaimer: I have not personally tried hair analysis or was paid to endorse hair analysis. The information in the webinar and this post is for general information for consumers only and is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice or for the purpose to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.