Minerals and Good Health: Sorting It All Out


Most people are familiar with some minerals. Calcium is well known. So is sodium. Both often appear on the “nutrition facts” list of many food products. But why just limit mineral information to only one or two minerals? How often do you see magnesium listed among the “nutrition facts” lists on a food or beverage package? Or copper? Or potassium?  Who determined which minerals to list and which ones to omit?  What was the thinking or lack of thinking behind such a policy?

Thirty-five years ago, in 1980, I learned the importance of minerals when I was in a severe stress “burn-out” — no energy, mind in a fog, unable to think clearly or to function well.   My medical doctors were baffled.  Their standard blood tests showed nothing of significance.  Fortunately, for me, I had a good friend and colleague, Ken Candelaria, Ph.D., who knew something about minerals and, especially, hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA).  He urged me to get a hair mineral analysis.  When he got the results, he found a simple explanation for my health woes.  Magnesium was so deficient, it short-circuited my energy production, crashed my blood sugar levels, and put me at grave risk for a heart attack.

I started on magnesium and other supplements.  Gradually, I re-built my vital magnesium reserves, re-built my energy pathways, and restored my health and vitality.  I have since learned how vital minerals are to supporting good health and energy, especially magnesium and copper.  The HTMA is a powerful lab test to assess a person’s mineral status and balances.  The HTMA also provides us with a broader and deeper understanding of how our mineral system works to support good energy and health.  The HTMA hits the nutrition bull’s eye.


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