Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and well-being. They provide structural support in bones and teeth but also maintain the body’s pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions.
Many health conditions may be aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including fatigue, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and children’s conditions.
Ideally, we should obtain all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. However, modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils have often reduced the mineral content of our foods and environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and our stressful lifestyles can affect our requirements and absorption of necessary minerals. With numerous factors of modern life impacting our dietary needs and decisions, you can see why testing nutritional and mineral status is important to understand and maintain our health.
In Perth, a common example of mineral excess is high copper levels due to the copper pipes traditionally used in plumbing. High copper levels may cause multiple health problems, including headaches, joint stiffness, water retention, bloating, insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability and anger.