Signs You May Be Deficient in Minerals
By Nutritional Weight & Wellness Staff
November 1, 2019
Do you have trouble sleeping or painful muscle cramps and spasms? Are you concerned about osteoporosis and keeping your bones strong? Do you have acne or rosacea, or frequently catch the cold or flu virus? If so, you may be deficient in minerals. Yes, your body needs vitamins, but minerals, magnesium, calcium, and zinc, are just as important.
Magnesium is the mineral that helps our muscles relax, which helps to prevent leg cramps and muscle spasms. It also promotes deeper sleep and normal blood pressure. Magnesium is critical for the absorption of calcium for strong bones. Also, if chocolate is calling your name, you may be deficient in magnesium. Even your brain needs magnesium for memory and good moods. You can see why many of our clients refer to magnesium as “the miracle supplement” because it helps so many different areas of the body.
We recommend taking 200-800 mg per day, especially if you are having trouble sleeping. Your nutritionist can help you determine the amount that’s right for your symptoms.
Most of us have heard the benefits of calcium since childhood to keep our bones strong. In addition to helping your bones, calcium contributes to better sleep and even helps protect against colon cancer according to The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
If you are having difficulty sleeping, Teresa Wagner, a registered and licensed dietitian at Nutritional Weight and Wellness, recommends adding a calcium supplement to help you sleep through the night. “Calcium is important for deep sleep cycles and is used by the brain to create melatonin. For a recent client, after trying every sleep option we could think of, it turned out calcium was the missing piece of the puzzle.”
If you’re concerned about bone health, we recommend taking three capsules of Activated Calcium daily. It’s best to take it at night with magnesium, which helps with the absorption of calcium in your body.
Do you always feel like you need a sweet after a meal? Do you still get the dreaded acne? Do you feel like you are sick all the time? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, you may be zinc deficient.
Zinc boosts our immunity to help fight viral and bacterial infections and supports good skin, hair, and even wound healing by supporting the mucosal membranes. Often when zinc levels decrease, acne severity increases.
“I recommend zinc to support immune health, skin issues, appetite and taste, and thyroid health. It has improved skin health for many of my clients who were deficient in zinc and suffering with acne or rosacea,” says Marcie Vaske, a licensed nutritionist at Nutritional Weight and Wellness.
Zinc is a mineral that our bodies can’t store, so we need a constant supply in our diets. Check with your nutritionist to determine how much zinc you may need. For most people, one capsule a day is sufficient.