If you are feeling unwell, chances are you are suffering from a toxic body burden and nutrient deficiency. When these two factors team up, you can be assured that the host is going to be in for a lot of pain and suffering, and for the long haul if they can’t get to the root of their problems.
If you are dealing with any symptoms that are causing you pain, suffering, or are being managed through supplements or medications, you need to take a close look at these 3 minerals and see if you have signs of deficiency. If so, you can take a more direct approach to remedying them and your health, for good.
Magnesium deficiency symptoms
Magnesium, also known as the miracle mineral, has many roles including the proper formation of teeth and bones, essential enzyme activation, regulating blood calcium levels, creating energy, regulating heart and muscle function, balancing blood sugar, relieving stress and improving sleep, and more.
So if your magnesium levels become too low, these functions can become compromised and lead to a wide array of symptoms, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Muscle spasms
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Migraine headaches
- Restless leg syndrome
- Bowel disease
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, begin consuming the top 5 foods for magnesium deficiency, and consider appropriate supplementation.
Zinc deficiency symptoms
Zinc is a relatively under appreciated mineral, but essential for proper cell function, efficient immune response, strong bones, healthy eyes, hair and skin, and proper liver, kidney, prostate, and pancreas function. It is also involved in over 300 enzymatic processes.
So it stands to reason that if you become too deficient in zinc that all these areas could needlessly suffer, which means you will suffer as well. Some common signs of zinc deficiency include:
- Hair loss
- Weight loss
- Delayed wound healing
- Chronic infection
- Rough skin or rashes
- Mental fatigue
- Stunted growth
- Brittle thin nails (or nails with white spots)
- Poor sense of taste or smell
- Poor night vision
- Prostate issues (including low sperm count)
- High cholesterol
If any of these symptoms resonate with you, then consider foods high in zinc such as:
- Nuts (soaked): almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, and brazil nuts
- Seeds (soaked): pumpkin, sesame,and sunflower
To see what kind of results you can expect when you remedy a zinc deficiency, read Healing Benefits of Zinc.
Iodine deficiency symptoms
Iodine is the subject of much fear based propaganda, even though it is one of the safest minerals to ingest supplementally. Iodine plays a key role in thyroid hormones, blood pressure regulation, moods, blood sugar, cardiac rhythms, and cancer prevention and treatment. It is also antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic which makes it an excellent preventative and remedy against diseases created through any one of those types of infections.
Since iodine is heavily concentrated in the thyroid, salivary glands, brain, cerebrospinal fluid, gastric mucosa, breasts, ovaries, and the eyes, it makes sense that any deficiency could cause a negative impact on any or all of these areas. Physical signs of iodine deficiency include:
- Thyroid disorders (hypothyroid and hyperthyroid)
- Breast disease
- Excess mucous production
- Fatigue (often chronic)
- Hair loss
- Lowered metabolism (difficulty losing weight)
- Cognitive impairments
- Anxiety, depression, or irritability
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Headaches and migraines
- Ovarian and sebaceous cysts
- Cancers (breast, ovarian, thyroid, prostate)
According to Dr. Brownstein, author of the book Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 94.7% of 500 patients he tested were deficient in inorganic iodine! With this in mind, and the symptoms above, if you feel you could use an at-home test and a proper way to increase your uptake of iodine, read Dealing With Anxiety, Infertility, Hair Loss, Fatigue, and Stubborn Weight? You May Be Iodine Deficient!
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About the author:
Derek Henry took a deadly health challenge that conventional medicine couldn’t solve and self-directed a one-in-a-million health journey that found him happier and healthier than he had been in his entire life. As a result of this rewarding journey, he created Healing the Body and became a well revered holistic health coach who now spends his time writing, coaching, and educating thousands of people each month who want to enjoy similar results.