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A few years ago, I was eating a lot of magnesium-rich chocolate…
My assumption was that by doing so I would raise my magnesium levels to ridiculous heights.
I was wrong.
When I got my hair tested, my magnesium levels were in the 18-20th percentile – which means basement-bottom low.
Since then, I’ve been working to build my mineral levels as well as teach people that sometimes things aren’t what they seem. In the case of cacao and magnesium, I guess there’s more to the story.
Anyway, today, I’m going to list 7 ways to get more minerals from your food and supplements.
Because minerals are essential for life. They help our muscles fire, they keep us hydrated, they allow us to think sharper and they play a role in just about every function of the body.
So the best way to go about all this is get yourself tested, then use some of the items I suggest below to either raise or maintain your mineral levels.
Check ‘em out now…
1. Eat more sea vegetables.
Sea vegetables are one of the best ways to get more minerals because they’re grown in one of the most mineral rich environments in the world…
Sea water contains all known minerals and sea vegetables benefit from having access to this incredible nutrition.
Seaweeds like dulse, kelp, nori and irish moss are great additions to your diet if you’re looking to increase the amount of minerals in your body and become more alkaline.
A lot of people cringe when you mention that they should eat anything from the ocean, particularly the stuff that washes up on the shore and smells funny.
But sea vegetables can be hidden in a few places and no one will know the difference…
We like to add kelp, irish moss, or dulse to our smoothies so that you can’t taste it and still get the benefits.
Annmarie likes irish moss (which is a cold water, mineral rich sea vegetable from Ireland) any time she needs a thickener. She uses it to thicken salad dressings, puddings, pie fillings and sauces.
Two other ways to add seaweeds into your diet are, first, putting dulse in the dehydrator (or an oven on low) so that it becomes crunchy and sprinkling it on your salads, and, second, wrapping up your favorite vegetables in nori to make healthy raw sushi rolls.
Sea vegetables also contain iodine which is an essential mineral for thyroid support, so the addition of seaweeds into your diet simply for helping the thyroid – and your metabolism – function better is a great idea.
Annmarie has been sprinkling kelp flakes on everything since her last blood test came back to help provide her with iodine and support her thyroid – so I guess I’m benefiting from it by default!
2. Drink more green juice.
If you’re talking about nutrient dense foods, greens take the cake (or raw apple pie.)
They, per calorie, can be some of the best foods to help rebuild your mineral stores or work to help prevent mineral deficiency.
Drinking mineral-rich green juices daily, can be a perfect supplement to a healthy high raw, high plant based diet.
My favorite juice recipe is this (from our juice recipe book “Juiced!”):
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1 cucumber
- 3-5 leaves of kale or lettuce
- 1 massive handful of parsley
- 1 lemon (peeled)
- 1 inch of ginger
(If you don’t want to remove the fiber, you can make this into a smoothie instead.)
3. Drink coconut water.
Coconut water is a super-electrolyte drink that I call “nature’s gatorade.”
Two major electrolytes – sodium and potassium – in coconut water are essential for your muscles to work. These two minerals play a role in making sure the electrical pulses your nervous system sends make your muscles fire. Without these minerals, your muscles cease up – or cramp.
The best place to get coconut water is straight from the coconut, but many of you may not live in a tropical environment.
There are some places that will ship coconuts to you relatively fresh, but these tend to be expensive.
If you’re an athlete and want to have coconut water and these two above are not an option, you can get coconut water in tetrapacks or cans. Nature’s Factor and Vita-Coco are two brands that we recommend above the others.
Be sure to read the labels. Some coconut waters have added sugar, are from concentrate, or use nasty preservatives.
You can make coconut kefir from the tetrapack and canned coconut water, just know the best is from the fresh coconut.
4. Take a hydrochloric acid supplement (HCL) if your digestion is poor.
As we age our production of hydrochloric acid declines.
Why is that a big deal?
Because HCL plays an important role in the separation of minerals from plant and animal materials. It also plays a role in the denaturing of proteins so that your digestive enzymes can break those proteins down into amino acids.
If you’re not producing enough HCL for digestion, chances are you will be deficient in minerals and you will be deficient in amino acids.
Taking an HCL supplement short term or long term may help. My suggestion is to not take this type of supplement lightly and be careful of what you’re doing (it might be best to work with a practitioner who’s experienced with it.)
The reason why is because if you don’t need it and take it, it can create an environment in your stomach that is too acidic – or it can require more minerals to balance your digestive pH.
If you decide to take an HCL supplement and you get a warm feeling in your stomach 20-30 minutes after taking it, chances are you don’t need to take one and you can either back down your dosage or not take it at all – depending on what your needs are.
5. Take a liquid mineral supplement.
If you’re mineral levels are very low and you’re not absorbing minerals from your food, you may need a liquid mineral supplement.
This type of supplement contains a broad spectrum of trace minerals that are easily absorbed by the body. Some people chose to take this type of supplement short term and others long term. Regardless, testing your minerals through hair analysis will determine if this type of product is working (or any other that I mentioned here.)
Liquid Light and Cell Food are liquid mineral brands that we recommend.
6. Grow and sprout with Ocean Grown Solution.
Ocean Grown Solution is a great way to get more minerals into what you grow at home.
Our soils are depleted, so the food you’re getting (even if it’s organic) is not as mineral rich as it used to be – this has been scientifically proven.
So by adding a solution like Ocean Grown (which is concentrated sea water) to your plantings, sprouts and wheatgrass, you can be assured that you will have a wider mineral spectrum.
This product, for the price (since so little is needed), is one of the most cost effective and best ways to be sure you’re getting what your body needs.
If you want to see a fun video on how to use Ocean Grown for sprouting click here.
7. Soak in mineral hot springs.
Yes, I’m giving you permission to take a break, head off to a hot spring near (or far) from you and relax.
As you know, minerals, nutrients, oils and just about anything else liquid can be absorbed through the skin.
Many hot springs have fantastic mineral content and by soaking in them, your pores will open up for easy mineral absorption.
We recently went to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs in New Mexico and their particular hot springs have a high iron content. I, of course, have no idea how much iron my body absorbed, but the healing properties of mineral springs can partially be attributed to their content of minerals.
Here are 2 ways that are not recommended for getting more minerals:
1. Do not take a calcium carbonate supplement internally.
While calcium is helpful for promoting healthy bone growth, (1) it’s not the only mineral needed for developing strong bones and (2) in the form of calcium carbonate (internally) it can accumulate in the body.
Taking calcium from food based sources – like leafy greens and sesame seeds – is the best way to support your bone health (if you are able to absorb the calcium.) Calcium citrate is a better option if you want to add calcium to your diet because you can’t absorb it or get enough from whole foods.
For bone health, you also need adequate levels of Vitamins D and K as well as magnesium and silica to build healthy bones – so calcium is only part of the solution.
Taking calcium carbonate externally in the form on a tooth brightener or powder is perfectly fine – as long as you don’t eat the stuff.
2. Don’t add sea salt to everything.
Sea salt does have trace minerals, but is also has a boat load of sodium.
Excess sodium in a known health danger, yet people still ignore the abundance of science that supports it’s toxicity.
Of all the foods that you eat daily, I guarantee the only one that can be toxic and can cause possible death at a cup-full is salt (table or sea salt.)
(NOTE: Some of your herbs may be somewhat toxic at this amount too (though likely would not cause death), but we know many of these should be taken rarely and in small doses.)
You can get all the trace minerals you need from sea vegetables without the excessive sodium, so why even bother with adding salt to anything?
Keep in mind, I understand you may encounter salt from time to time in meals, and this much is likely not an issue – I’m mainly concerned about those who are using salt as a health food when there are much better sources of trace minerals available.
Using one, two, three, or all of these suggestions can help you build your mineral levels back to normal (or keep them there.)
The best way to know if things are working is to test before an after you try some of them, to prove to yourself that these natural approaches can and will work.
My magnesium levels are now in the 90th percentile after some time rotating through all of these particular methods.
I want to know your thoughts: Have you tested your minerals? Where do you get your minerals?
Get a Free “How to Grow Wheatgrass” Booklet with your Ocean Grown Solution Purchase!
For this week only, we are running a special on Ocean Grown Solution in the Renegade Health Store. This product is concentrated sea water that can help you grow incredible, mineral-rich sprouts, wheatgrass and vegetables.
You can use it in your garden or in your kitchen to boost the mineral content of your food.
This is such an important solution for today’s poor soil dilemma.
If you’re interested in learning more, or trying this product on your garden this year (a little goes a long way), you can read more and watch a video on how to sprout with Ocean Grown on the specific Ocean Grown product pages.
All you have to do is visit the link below and click on the specific Ocean Grown product page to view the video…
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