Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and well-being. They provide structural support in bones and teeth; assist to maintain the body’s pH and water balance; support nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions.
There are many health concerns which may be aggravated by a mineral imbalance, including fatigue; focus and concentration; cardiovascular health; cholesterol health; blood pressure balance; headaches and migraines; and children’s conditions.
Ideally, we should receive the minerals we need from a balanced diet. However, modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils may reduce the mineral content of our foods whilst environmental pollutants, chemical exposure and stressful modern-day lifestyles may affect our requirements and absorption of minerals. With numerous factors of modern life affecting our dietary needs and decisions, many patients choose to test their nutritional and mineral status.
In Perth, a well-known example of mineral excess is elevated copper levels due to copper pipes traditionally used in plumbing. Elevated copper levels may be associated with symptoms such as headaches, joint stiffness, water retention, bloating, insomnia, low mood, anxiety, irritability and anger.