If you're eating a healthy diet and exercising on the regular, but still feeling fatigued, it might be because you're running low on minerals. Unlike vitamins, your body doesn't produce minerals, so obtaining the full spectrum of essential minerals from your food and supplements is crucial. Mineral absorption is limited by many factors, which we'll cover below. But here's the great news: there are steps you can take today to optimize your mineral levels. Read on for what you need to know.
Why you might not be getting enough minerals
When it comes to assimilating minerals, your first concern is to make sure that your food is nutrient-dense and mineral-rich. Food processing tends to negatively affect mineral content, but there's more: even food sources that are supposed to be rich in minerals might supply little because the soil they were grown in was depleted in the first place. Secondly, think of your lifestyle habits – like stress or over-exercising – which can further stoke mineral imbalance. Finally, another barrier to optimal mineral absorption is poor digestive health. Below, we're covering some easy ways to improve mineral balance.
3 ways to optimize mineral absorption now
Eat your minerals
The best way to support healthy mineral levels is to fill your nutritional needs from whole foods. Choose unrefined and organically grown. Seeds and nuts, whole grains, and leafy greens are excellent sources of minerals.
Foods to avoid are also important when it comes to boosting mineral absorption. Avoid processed foods and cut back on sugar, caffeine, soda, and alcohol – all of which can interfere with optimal mineral balance.
Stress is a big culprit when it comes to hindering nutrient assimilation in general, and mineral assimilation is no exception. One of the ways that stress affects mineral absorption is by its effect on slowing digestion.
When you're stressed, digestion takes the back burner. So even if you're eating the most organic, most mineral-rich food ever, you're losing out on mineral absorption if you eat it under the influence of stress. Try deep breathing or a yoga practice to curb your stress levels.
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