Trace Minerals: Big Things Come in Small Packages
The Christmas lights are down, the champagne glasses are packed away, and the children are back to school. 2018 is in full swing! And just when you thought you finally had a moment to yourself… Achoo!! That winter bug decides to tag along. The last 2 months of the year are generally the time when most of us get so busy with holiday to do’s, that we forget to do one of the most important things; to take care of ourselves!
As a result, the beginning of the new year can be a particularly sensitive time for illness. And there’s absolutely nothing worse than to be ready to crush 2018, only to be stuck in bed with a head cold, throat lozenges, and reruns on Netflix. So it’s time to remedy up friends and get back to taking care of ourselves!
The health of our bodies is always our most valuable defence, and requires a substantial amount of nutrients to keep them functioning optimally. However, Trace Minerals are inorganic nutrients that are required in small amounts, but provide big reward!
Why are trace minerals important?
Most people know that our bodies are roughly 70% water. What many do not know, is that the water we are made of is almost identical to the compositional structure of seawater. We are essentially, an inner ocean!
This oceanic-like mineral-rich environment our cells operate in, is critically linked to the health and performance of our cells. These trace minerals have a direct influence on the production and efficacy of our cells. Activities such as digestion, hormone regulation and immune function are significantly influenced by a variety of trace minerals. So it’s it’s important to make sure we are getting enough!
What are some trace minerals to keep a look out for?
- Iron: most significantly found in hemoglobin, it binds to oxygen from your lungs and delivers it the rest of the tissues and muscles in your body.
- Zinc: necessary for DNA and RNA synthesis. Zinc also helps your body produce white blood cells, which keeps your immune system strong, optimal, and protects your body from illness.
- Selenium: important for regulating your thyroid hormones and works as a powerful antioxidant to defend your body from free radicals which can lead to illness and disease.
- Chromium: increases the function of insulin in cells, which is important for controlling blood sugar, maintaining energy levels, and managing diabetes.
- Copper: helps to absorb iron and supports healthy hemoglobin production. Copper also significantly affects proper enzymatic activity- the substances that allow chemical reactions to occur in the body allowing it to keep in tip-top shape!
So where can I find these trace minerals?
Unfortunately, due to poor agricultural practices, much of our food is devoid of these important nutrients. However, one great way to ensure that you’re getting a variety of trace minerals is to incorporate more foods from the sea! Algaes, like E3Live, Spirulina, Chlorella, etc. can give you a full spectrum of nutrients, as well as provide you with additional amino acids and fatty acids, which are the building blocks for optimal functioning.
Other great food sources include a variety of nuts and seeds, which provide an abundance of trace minerals in adequate volume, and do not require consuming in excess. Brazil Nuts, are mild in flavour and are an extremely great source of selenium. Just one Brazil nut can provide you with over 120% of your recommended daily intake!
Some mineral-rich products we love:
QuintEssential: pictured above, these vials offer a quick and easy way to remineralize on the go! QuintEssential is a naturally balanced solution derived from a unique Marine Plasma. Each vial contains a full spectrum of 78 minerals and cofactors that have incredible restorative benefits to the body!
E3Live: a blue-green algae which is rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids
Ocean’s Alive: this special blend of 2 phytoplanktons’ mineral-rich nutrition is 100% bioavailable and is a “perfect food”. We could eat only phytoplankton and get everything our bodies need to survive!
Jeneé Mullings is a Functional Nutrition Coach with a strong passion for connecting food with physiology. With the inundation of conflicting information, Jeneé works in therapeutic partnership with clients to identify our own unique bioindividuality, the environment we create for our bodies, and its ability to effectively heal and perform optimally. Practicing under the philosophy of Functional Medicine, she works within an evolving functional framework, that better addresses the healthcare needs in today’s growing society. Learn more about Jeneé on her various social platforms @altheajenee.