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Symptoms of Mineral Deficiencies and How to Treat Them

Monday, December 13th 2021 10:00am 10 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Humans are electrochemical by nature, and mineral intake helps sustain the electrochemical system. A mineral deficiency can contribute to feelings of fatigue. Our bodies operate on electrochemical gradients, and taking a full range of appropriate minerals will help you maintain the proper electrochemical gradients.

Our cells operate most efficiently at a voltage range of around –30 to 70 mv, which is about an average pH of 7.35, which is why we need to be slightly alkaline for optimum health. Fatigue typically occurs when cell voltage drops below –20 mv and pH drops. Greater decreases may result in chronic illness. For instance, cancer cells have a voltage potential of around –40 mv or a pH of 6.3. High toxin loads, chronic sympathetic nervous system stress, infections, injuries, and a lack of electron-donors such as minerals all contribute to this condition.

Many strategies exist to support optimum cell voltage: sunlight exposure, grounding, heavily acidic foods, PEMF, or bathing in Epsom salts. These help to keep pH low and voltage potential high. But, let’s take a look at the last item in relation to mineral intake.

Why you may be deficient in key minerals

Living organisms do not produce minerals. We must obtain them through our diet, this is why they are called essential for bodily function. They are necessary for the proper functioning of organs and tissues, fluid balance, muscle contractions, making enzymes and hormones, and more. Mineral levels are low for a variety of reasons including:

Modern harvesting, shipping, processing, and storage techniques of food, which degrades their nutrient content. Most soils are depleted of nutrients, which decreases the beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in conventionally-grown crops.

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