Minerals & Nutrients Our Bodies NeedMar 08, 2022
Did you know that trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process?
Even excessive mineral intake can negate the beneficial effects of vitamins, for example:
Zinc can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin D.
Calcium can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin A
Excessive vitamin intake can negate the beneficial effects of minerals, for example:
Vitamin C can reduce the beneficial effect of copper.
Vitamin D can cause a deficiency of magnesium.
Taking too much iron can contribute to such symptoms as arthritis, high blood pressure and tension headaches and dizziness.
Frontal headaches (behind the eyes) are associated with too much copper.
Taking too much calcium alone can contribute to osteoporosis, weight gain and fatigue.
Toxic metals can contribute to learning disabilities in children.
With all of that being said, the question becomes…what are the correct minerals and vitamins that I should be taking? The answer is not so easy because our mineral and vitamin profile is an individual thing. What works for one person, may not work for another. It’s always best to get tested to find out what is really needed for your body.
To get you started here are the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for common minerals:
Calcium: Ages over 24 – 800 milligrams
Zinc: Women, not pregnant – 20 milligrams
Potassium: Between 1600 – 2000 milligrams
Iron: Women – 18 milligrams
Magnesium: Adults – 300 – 400 milligrams
Chromium: Between 30 and 200 micrograms
Selenium: Between 50 and 200 micrograms (for those who have had cancer, 400 micrograms)
Sodium: Adults – 1100 – 3300
Oftentimes we are so busy doing for others that we forget about ourselves, even when we aren’t feeling our best. We just get up and keep putting one foot in front of the other, because if we don’t, who is going to take care of all the things?
When this happens, we find that we get to mid-life and we are exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed with it all.
Knowing what our bodies’ deficiencies are is key to finding our way back to health.
If you need help with determining your individual mineral and vitamin needs, reach out to me at [email protected].
Remember to Always…Take Care of You!
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