This is the first of my 12 Tips for how to keep your bones healthy during the holiday season. This, of course, is appropriate for any time of year. But to keep in step with the holidays, I have devised the 12 Days of Bone Health Holiday Tips to help you see that keeping your bones strong is not just one big thing, but many small things you can do daily to support your bones.
Tip #1 – Get Your Minerals Check for a Mineral Imbalance.
So, you have been diagnosed with bone loss, and are scared to death to do anything that might damage your bones anymore.
First, I want to tell you to relax, and don’t make any rash decisions without doing your research. It takes years to develop osteoporosis and lose bone, and nothing you do will change it overnight.
But there are small things that you can begin doing on a daily basis that can stop the loss and encourage bone growth, and I will be giving you these tips over the next few weeks to help you be able to make wise choices in order to help your bones and your health. And there is one very important thing you can do to begin your research, and that is TIP #1!
Sounds good, right?
Tip #1 of 12 Days of Bone Health for Holidays
Test Your Minerals
One of the best ways to check for bone loss is to run a mineral test to see where your mineral levels fall. This a simple test you can do at home, and can send hair samples in the mail directly to the lab. Results are usually in within one to two weeks. Not only does this test offer accurate and precision testing, but it gives insight into ALL systems of the body to help determine the exact cause of mineral imbalance and therefore bone loss.
For example, the HTMA shows us:
- Adrenal dysfunction
- How stressed out you are
- If you have too many carbohydrates
- Blood sugar issues
- Thyroid insufficiency
- Hormone imbalance
- Tendency for infections
- Energy levels
- Mineral level
- What heavy metals are dumping into bones, brain, kidneys, and tissues
- What health issues you may have that are affected/caused by heavy metals
- Your metabolic type – how your body metabolizes food can determine which minerals get easily imbalanced, and how foods affect you with absorption and mineralization
- What foods are best for your body type
I do not recommend taking ANY supplements especially calcium, until you have your mineral levels checked, as this can only make an imbalance worse.
What is it?
Minerals are needed for nearly every metabolic process at the cellular level in the body, and are absolutely essential for growth, development and health. Unlike vitamins, minerals cannot be made by the human body and must be obtained through our nutrition.
Minerals interact within the body and enhance the body’s natural ability to detox toxins, waste, metals, damaged cells, even cancer cells. When our nutrition and minerals are balanced, all organs, systems, and bodily processes work efficiently creating health and well-being.
The body must maintain the proper chemical balance, and this depends on adequate mineral levels and ratios. Each mineral level affects every other mineral, and if there is an imbalance in one, then this creates an imbalance or deficiency in others.
As the body seeks to replace the deficient mineral, it will replace the missing mineral with what it can find, which is usually a toxic metal with sub-par functional properties to that mineral. Over time, the imbalance becomes greater, the body becomes weaker, and more metals and toxins are accumulated, causing more symptoms and disease.
Osteoporosis is just one symptom of a loss of minerals affecting the body and creating more imbalance.
As a functional medicine practitioner, my desire is to help put the body back into balance so the body can “function” properly. I look for the cause of symptoms, and work to correct the imbalance, and that includes osteoporosis.
Once we discover where the imbalance lies, we can then address the issue with the correct food for the body, supplements, and lifestyle changes.
I work with many women (and some men) helping them correct and reverse their bone loss.
Want to know if you have a mineral imbalance? Go here to take the quiz: https://veronicashealthyliving.com/htma/
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Veronica Worley, FDN-P, CHHC
Mineral Balancing Expert