To feel great and live longer, do Minerals!
Over three years ago I wrote about hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), but I haven’t said much since then because frankly I felt discouraged.
For a slow metabolizer like me (and 80% of the population), it can take quite a long time for the body to adjust its minerals.
I was doing every anti-stress practice and eating every mineral-rich food, but my mineral numbers were not coming up to the levels I wanted. (It’s always something, ain’t it?)
Let me back up a little. When I first got into the tissue minerals game, I was in crisis with my thyroid and adrenals. (I shouted, “Nooo! I don’t want to be old and sick yet. Ever.”)
I had mistakenly taken “good calcium” pills for decades. Now I had tons of calcium in my soft tissues. Yikes. As a hospital nurse I knew misplaced calcium could cause big trouble (bone spurs, stenosis, leaky heart valves, congestive heart failure, calcified aorta and more).
To counteract this downward spiral, I quit calcium and vitamin D (yes, you heard me), and I began to take the antidote, magnesium. Thankfully these two minerals came into some balance within about 8 months, although deeper balance is ongoing.
For the next 3 years I struggled with my inability to hang onto sodium and potassium because of weak adrenals. I took supplements, swam in coconut water (high in potassium) and ate potassium (potatoes, tomatoes, Swiss chard), but potassium would not stick to me. My energy level improved. But I wanted to bank up that potassium.
Sodium and potassium are another pair that balance each other.
Neither of them wanted to stay in my body. They slipped right out.
Their deficiency made my mineral ratios sad – the ratios of thyroid function, adrenal function, and stress level.
This pattern is common for us slow metabolizers (80% of the population).
But most of us don’t look at our tissue minerals.
We tend to slide steadily into mineral decline as we age. Gosh darn it.
Stress plays a big role in all of this.
We need to let go of stress on many, many levels. Meditation is our friend.
I thought I was letting go?
Sometimes I felt discouraged with the mineral project.
I took the recommended minerals, ate the super-vegetable and protein diet, but I could not find much movement in my numbers.
Last week – shout it from the rooftops – the hair tissue analysis revealed a big shift!
Finally now my body holds onto more potassium and sodium. The stress and thyroid ratios have improved.
(Do I hear a Hallelujah!?!)
My faith in this project is renewed.
When it all started, practitioners advised me that my Intensive Care job was too stressful.
I said, “Maybe some stress, but it doesn’t bother me.”
They said, “It drains your magnesium and potassium.”
I’ve been away from the hospital for 2 1/2 years now. Perhaps I needed these healing years where nothing life-threatening was supposed to happen each day. Each dawning and each dusk, about 900 easy days? I don’t know.
Somehow the reduction of stress allowed my body to relax enough to produce soothing hormones and chemicals for deeper restoration of the Parasympathetic nervous system.
This mineral balancing thing is not for the faint-hearted nor for people who want an instant cure. Everybody wants an instant cure, right?
If you’re a fast metabolizer (20% of the population), your minerals could improve fast.
But we of the 80% need patience, persistence, and optimism.
Good balance may take years to come to fruition.
But it is a deep and lasting fruition.
Tissue-mineral-balancing practitioners have healed illnesses that traditional medicine says are incurable. I am impressed.
How do you know if you are a fast or slow metabolizer? It’s in the pattern of minerals, analyzed.
I can give you only a few cliff-notes here (copper is another major player, as is iodine).
There’s a ton to learn about minerals, if you wish.
“MINERALS ARE THE SPARK PLUGS OF LIFE.” – Dr. Henry Schroeder MD
What is your experience with HTMA?