Symptoms and causes of mineral deficiencies

There are many causes for mineral imbalance. The high intake of refined, processed foods and poor nutrition is probably the leading cause. Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can also produce mineral excesses or deficiencies.

Mineral deficiencies can be very subtle, and are more likely to occur than vitamin deficiencies. Deficiencies in minerals, even small deficiencies, can cause health problems. The occurrence of constipation, frequent colds, fatigue or lack of energy, diabetes or diabetic symptoms, muscular pain or leg cramps, tooth or gum problems, cracked or brittle fingernails, strong or irregular menstruation, wounds that heal slowly, acid indigestion, poor appetite or hunger, excess water retention, easy weight gain, cold hands or feet, memory loss (including Alzheimer’s disease), and excess water retention may indicate that the body’s chemistry is out of balance due to mineral deficiencies or the presence of excess heavy and toxic metals. Excesses of certain minerals are also thought to contribute to high blood pressure, PMS, and frequent headaches.

Oral contraception and pregnancy are contributors. Prescription and over-the-counter medications (antacids, aspirin, diet pills, etc.) can deplete the body of minerals.

Environmental pollution and other pollutants (cigarette smoke, antiperspirants, dental amalgams, hair dyes, aluminum cookware, lead-based cosmetics, etc.) contribute to mineral and/or toxic metal excess. Physical or emotional stress alone can deplete and reduce the utilization of many nutrients. Ultraviolet light can also be harmful. Even taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce mineral excesses or deficiencies, leading to an overall biochemical imbalance in the body.