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What is mineral deficiency? Some reports suggest as many as 92% of Americans are mineral-deficient, so understanding mineral deficiency, how it occurs, and how to reverse it is key to achieving good health.

What is Mineral Deficiency?

As the term suggests, mineral deficiency occurs when someone is not consuming enough of one or more minerals. Minerals are the building blocks of organic matter, so getting enough minerals in one’s diet is extremely important. In another way, minerals are defined as the elements of the Earth that human bodies need to develop and function properly. When humans do not get enough minerals, their bodies experience harmful effects and unwanted health conditions.

What Factors Lead to Mineral Deficiency?

According to health experts, mineral deficiencies are caused by several factors, but the four most common are:

Poor diet. If one maintains a diet not rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole foods, they’re less likely to get the minerals they need daily. If their diet is heavy on processed foods, sugary items, and foods heavily altered from their natural state, they’re almost certainly not getting the minerals they need to stay healthy.

Impaired uptake of minerals. If a food substance has minerals in it but those minerals are not readily bioavailable, then the individual consuming those foods will not get the minerals they need from them. Bioavailability is a term used to identify what proportion of a substance (like minerals) becomes available when one consumes that substance. For example, overcooking vegetables reduces the bioavailability of the key nutrients in those vegetables.

Dysfunction within the body. Some people have health conditions that make it more difficult for their bodies to absorb and process minerals. That means their bodies are less able to digest and pull the needed minerals from their food.

Declining food supply. This issue is the elephant in the room that must be discussed more. According to one body of research that compiled data from several other studies, “Multiple studies, dating as far back as 1936, have found that the soil of farmland all across the globe is deficient in micronutrients, lowering their content in produce. To further prove this theory, in 2003, researchers compared the data on current vegetable nutrient content to data from 50 years ago. Their findings showed that the mineral content of cabbage, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes had depleted from 400 milligrams to less than 50 milligrams throughout the twentieth century.”[1]

Any of the above issues can lead to mineral deficiency. Since many of the above are present in the U.S., it should be no surprise that about 92% of Americans face varying degrees of mineral deficiency.

What Happens When One is Not Getting Enough Minerals?

Everyone experiences mineral deficiency differently, but there are some common side effects from such a deficiency. These include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Weak bones
  • Poor appetite
  • Hormonal difficulties
  • Tingling in the fingers
  • Slowed cognitive function
  • Weakened immune system
  • Cramping of the muscles and joints
  • Feeling weak, tired, lazy, and generally low-energy
  • Deterioration of the teeth, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels

The above is by no means a complete list, but it does provide an idea of what being deficient in minerals can mean health-wise.

How Does One Overcome Mineral Deficiency?

The simple answer to overcoming a mineral deficiency is to supplement with minerals. At least two billion people globally are zinc deficient to the point of being at risk for other ailments (zinc is required for proper immune function), so Immune Solution created Natural Zinc & Copper, the best zinc supplement on the planet. Quoting Jackie Page, founder of Immune Solution:

  • “Liquid natural Zinc & Copper plays many roles in metabolism, including being required for the function of approximately 300 different enzyme systems. Therefore Zinc deficiency can negatively impact virtually any & every metabolic process in the body, with the following organ systems being the most studied: epidermal (skin), gastrointestinal, immune, reproductive, skeletal, and central nervous.”

Taking responsibility for one’s health starts by ensuring one gets all the nutrients one needs. To learn more about Natural Zinc & Copper, don’t hesitate to contact Immune Solution today.

Let’s take responsibility for our health by adding minerals to our diet.

– Ren Brabenec
Immune Solution Staff Writer

Sources:
[1] NIDDK. “Overweight & Obesity Statistics.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2021. niddk.nih.gov

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