Trace Minerals 101

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Did you realize that trace minerals, while only needed in very low amounts, are critical to good health? Farming, poor soil quality, pollution, an let’s not forget bottled water, all have contributed to inadequate trace minerals in our water and food.

Our focus will be on magnesium, zinc, lithium, and copper, and chromium.

 

Magnesium affects the HPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal).  When stress occurs, cortisol goes up and magnesium goes down.  Our sleep, flexibility, bone integrity, and enzymatic actions in the body are compromised as well.  Alcohol, coffee, soy, grains and pharmaceutical drugs also rob our bodies of magnesium which is also why most people are deficient.

Not enough zinc in the body affects learning and memory, and is also needed for the synthesis of melatonin.  Vegetarians can be low in zinc, due to grains inhibiting zinc absorption. Zinc strengthens the immune system, and promotes a healthy gut lining.  Hydrochloric Acid and digestive enzymes require zinc.

Lithium improves cognition, memory and mood by allowing for better absorption/transport of B12 and folic acid.  In addition to being neuroprotective in many ways,  lithium also helps breaks down uric acid in the body thus relieving joint pain.

Copper is often found in many beauty products for its anti-imflammatory, anti-microbial and antibacterial properties.  As a powerful anti-oxidant, copper protects against free radical damage.  Proper levels increase our bodies ability to absorb iron, along with protecting our heart, bones, and brain.

Chromium has earned its credentials by balancing carb cravings and normalizing blood sugar levels.  Low chromium levels are associated with the risk of glaucoma and also high cholesterol. Support during the menstrual cycle and mood swings has also been documented.

There are so many choices when it comes to trace mineral supplementation.  At Holistic Clarity, we choose to offer Basic Nine, Polar Mins, and PRLabs Pink Salt.  Visit our store shop.holisticclarity.com to place an order.  Better yet schedule at Quantum Health Appointment to address each and every one of your nutraceutical concerns!

Connect with Coconut!

Many people may be scared of this saturated fat, but coconut oil, being a medium chain triglyceride, is metabolized by the body differently that other saturated fats found in meats or cheeses.  This is a good thing, because this allows it to be turned into energy much quicker and is actually considered to be useful in weight loss.  Its high content in lauric acid makes it a potent immune system supporter.  Coconut oil is also known for its anti fungal, anti viral, and anti bacterial properties and is why it is used in so many nutraceutical as well as beauty products.

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Instead of hair conditioner or lotion, it can be very effective as a hair treatment as well as body lotion.  Its really not too greasy if used minimally, but can be comedogenic for some.  Coconut oil is also a great sun protectant, which is why sunscreens often include it.  Sometimes I put the oil on my skin after getting too much sun since it has a “cooling effect”.

Note: If you do not have coconut oil in the bedroom then all I can say is that you and your partner are really missing out:)  Think about it, it smells good, is good for the body inside and out, and tastes great? You don’t need to tell me twice. 

With that said, it is easy to add coconut oil to the diet, and it is important to only purchase the “extra virgin” version.  Any other options may have destroyed its many healing components and may contain harmful trans fats.  Keep in mind it is a lower heat oil, so sautéing at a higher heat is not desirable for its delicateness.  I find myself using coconut oil in baking, particularly muffins or pancakes, substituting it for the other oil or butter called for.  Another way I enjoy incorporating it is by adding it to my rice.  Its very delicious if you also put a teaspoon of curry, turmeric, or squeeze a lemon in the mixture.  Stir in some fresh chopped cilantro for a bold, tasty, as well as colorful kick.

Below is a nice link I ran across that has a ton of great recipes with coconut oil, check it out!

http://coconutoil.com/gallery-of-coconut-recipes-and-coconut-oil-uses/

Your health depends on what you can Digest!

Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in an environment where food was nutrient dense, local and in season, with no toxins floating around in the air or soil to contaminate it?

Better yet, assume we were all breastfed until at least age 1, were fed a diet of fresh fruits and vegees early on, and were not introduced to processed foods or pesticides?

If that were true then our digestive tracts would be pristine right?

I think we all know that that scenario is not the case in this day in age.

One thing is for sure, without a healthy gut there IS no health.

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There are many factors besides poor food quality that contribute to gut issues.  As we age our HCL (Hydrochloric Acid) content in our stomach decreases.  That is one of the reasons why people may recall they could eat “anything” when they were younger. HCL is also extremely important as it kills harmful bacteria in the gut, without it we are also more prone to bacterial, fungal and yeast infections, yuck.

The mistake is when indigestion symptoms occur, like bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, skin problems, arthritis, or even B12 deficiencies arise to name a few, people often eliminate suspect foods, or even take antacids to avoid undesirable reactions.  While some people may have genetic predisposing factors that contribute to their inability to digest certain foods, what most people can do is simple increase their HCL content in the stomach as well as supplement with some complimentary enzymes for better absorption, without giving up all the foods they love.

One simple, natural way of increasing your HCL content is by drinking a tsp of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a cup of water with meals.  Better yet make a nice salad dressing with ACV, add some garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and herbs.  If that doesn’t do the trick then purchase an HCL supplement along with a well-rounded digestive enzyme like Premier Digest, Digestase-SP or Gastroven.  These formulas are botanical and increase the ability of the digestive organs to break down and absorb the nutrients your body needs for optimal health!

 

Premier DHA, really a No-Brainer!

th-10DHA, or docosahexanoic acid, is a highly unsaturated fatty acid that is very important to brain function.   A powerful omega 3, its role is to support the nerves and membranes in the brain.

Cold water fatty fish are the best sources of DHA, but due to the modern day diet along with environmental pollutants, clean sourced supplementation is often recommended.

Deficiencies in DHA have been linked to ADHD, schizophrenia, cardio-vascular disease, certain forms of cancer like colon and prostate, and in general, low grade inflammation which opens the door for all sorts of chronic health conditions.  The body cannot make DHA on its own, so what are we supposed to do?

Unfortunately it is not so simple as just taking a fish oil supplement to increase DHA levels.  Fish oil oxidizes quickly which makes it rancid, along with containing environmental pollutants that accumulate in their fatty tissue. This is why I carry Premier Research Labs Algae based DHA.  For healthier nerves, eyes, and heart, it is really a No-Brainer!!

 

 

The Quantum Effect with QRA!

 

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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find out what nutrients, foods, or supplements work the best for you instead of buying up every product on the market, only to be disappointed with results?  Holistic Clarity agrees, and thats why I offer Quantum Reflex Analysis for those serious about supplementation.

I have always been committed to tailoring nutritional and supplemental plans for my clients, but with QRA I can be much more precise. QRA allows me the ability to target areas of the body that are not energetically responding at optimum cellular resonance.  You see, the body, its organs, bones, blood, not to mention everything on the planet, operates at an optimal frequency. Our cells and DNA, when healthy, produce a certain amount of light, almost like a rainbow.  When certain points are touched with somewhat firm but painless pressure, our body responds in various ways.  With QRA there are particular areas we can check in order to identify interferences within the body, and with that information, support any inefficient areas with proper nutraceutical, nutritional or even emotional support.

Keep in mind this is not a diagnostic tool, and nobody’s body is perfect.  We are all surrounded by electromagnetic fields, poor diets, and stress both physically and emotionally.  QRA is a means to find a way to bring more cellular resonance to the body.  More nutrients to our cells allow our bodies to fight illness and disease more efficiently. This in turn increases our ability to be well in an unlimited way, a Quantum way!