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Yes! Iodine helps your thyroid function as it’s designed to and the hormones it creates help your overall health. The amount of iodine you need is recommended to be 150mcg (microgram) per day. Too much iodine or iodine deficiencies both create health problems. Pregnant women with iodine deficiencies are at risk of giving birth to a child that’s mentally retarded or one with severe motor skill problems. Infants that have iodine deficiencies face the some potential problems with motor skill problems and retardation that newborns face.

Adults that have an iodine deficiency may develop hypothyroidism which is caused by too little iodine and can manifest itself with a slower metabolic rate which could lead to excess weight and low energy. Other problems associated with hypothyroidism may be forgetfulness, personality changes, skin that’s yellowish, dry or scaly and depression. An enlarged thyroid gland which is called goiter is also a possibility.

Hyperthyroidism can also manifest itself in people with excessive iodine in their systems. These manifestations may be in the form of goiter, irregular heart rates, palpitations, sweats, nervousness, tremors, increased activity or eye abnormalities.

Some of the natural sources for iodine are: sea water, kelp, some types of seafood, citrus products such as oranges and grapefruit, egg yolks and garlic.

Many Americans get their iodine from iodized salt but this isn’t a good way because table salt isn’t good for you.

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While many people know calcium is one of the 11 nutrients that are important for bone and tooth formation, many don’t know calcium is also important in muscle growth and contraction, heart rhythm, blood clotting, nerve tranquilization and nerve transmission. This means calcium is part of the nutrients you need for a healthy heart, healthy nails, teeth, bones, skin and soft tissue.

In my article on magnesium, I mention it is important in converting vitamin D into a biologically usable form the body can use to make use of calcium and the article on boron shows it helps postmenopausal women retain more calcium during urination. The interdependency of the minerals in the body is starting to show itself so a deficiency in one mineral will adversely affect many functions within your body. Because the symptom you feel and share with your medical professional may not point directly at a certain mineral, they may miss the root cause of the problem unless they have a very good understanding of nutrition.

It’s true that about 99 percent of the calcium in your body is used in your bones and teeth but that 1 percent used by the rest of your body is just as important because it is used for nerve impulses and muscle contractions that help you stay alive and move about. We are talking about your muscles, heart kidneys and other organs. Your body is constantly making new cells and calcium helps maintain the RNA and DNA structures. Your DNA is your blueprint of who you are so the calcium in you is helping you stay you.

Deficiencies in calcium and magnesium have been linked to high blood pressure through research so maintaining recommended levels of these minerals is vital to your health. Low calcium levels may be indicated by muscle cramps, tooth decay, arm/leg numbness, heart palpitations, nervousness and insomnia too. Proper levels of calcium have also shown to help reduce problems associated with PMS and in protecting against colon cancer.

There are many calcium supplements on the market and some of them aren’t worth the money spent on them. Calcium needs stomach acids to break it down so it can be absorbed before reaching the small intestine so taking an antacid that has calcium is a waste because none of the calcium gets absorbed. The best sources of calcium are derived from plants and are more absorbable but these are more expensive than the carbonate or dolomite derived forms. Calcium derived from carbonate and dolomite are poor sources of calcium and any calcium supplement that is inexpensive and the calcium source isn’t specified is often this cheap source your body cannot readily break down and absorb. (Calcium carbonate and dolomite are rocks.) Your body can absorb the calcium from plants more readily than from rock because the plant based will be more in line with your metabolic needs. The plant based calcium is also more likely to be free of metals such as aluminum and lead that your body cannot use.

You can naturally add calcium to your diet by eating organic dark leafy vegetables, sesame seeds, cheese, salmon and sardines and these are the same foods that also provide boron.

Calcium is so important to your health it is often used to reduce the problems caused by arthritis, bone pain, rheumatism, osteoporosis, backaches, heart palpitations, finger tremors, foot/leg cramps, insomnia, nervousness, menstrual cramps, premenstrual tension, menopause problems and obesity.

Calcium is a major mineral that you need to live a quality life but too much calcium can put stress on the kidneys and you may have kidney stones form as the body tries to flush the excess calcium. Your level of activity will determine where in the recommended guidelines your calcium needs fall and common sense should tell you that taking calcium or any supplement at regular intervals throughout the day is better that a massive dose at one time.

Food or liquid supplements make this easier than pills.

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The highest levels of magnesium in your body is found in the brain, heart, liver and kidney. Magnesium also helps with more than 300 enzymatic functions. You may not have much medical knowledge but common sense should tell you the body is going to place the nutrients where they are most often used. If you accept that the body is placing the highest concentration of magnesium where it’s needed most, then your heart brain, liver and kidney use a lot of magnesium and a deficiency of this mineral will create problems for you..

“Magnesium by IV is the first treatment that people coming to our clinic with chronic migraines usually receives.” Debra Milligan R.N.

Vitamin D cannot be converted to a biologically usable form the body can use to absorb and utilize calcium unless magnesium is present.

Magnesium is associated with these body components and functions:

  • Arteries
  • Bones – Magnesium is one of 11 known nutrients needed for building bone.
  • Heart
  • Muscles
  • Nerves
  • Teeth

Your acid/alkaline balance, blood sugar, metabolism (energy), and metabolism (calcium and vitamin C) are all influenced by the level of magnesium in your body and this mineral is vital in regulating the cellular membrane permeability and neuromuscular excitability in your ears.

Magnesium is important to your muscle function and you lose magnesium during exercise. The loss of this mineral during exercise is part of the reason many experience muscle cramps. Sports drinks many consume while exercising or after exercising do not usually contain magnesium. The loss of magnesium during exercise may also explain some of the heart problems athletes sometimes have during physical activity.

Some of the problems that are treated with magnesium supplements in addition to migraines are: heart attacks, erratic heart beats, heart conditions, high cholesterol, depression, kidney stones, nervousness, prostrate troubles, sensitivity to noise, chronic fatigue, stomach acidity, tooth decay, overweight and alcoholism.

As you can see, magnesium touches almost every major organ that’s active, it helps with your bones and enzymatic functions you need to survive and thrive. You decide whether magnesium is a miracle mineral or not.

One final thought is that magnesium or any other mineral cannot be utilized by the body if it isn’t able to conduct electricity or reach the areas of the body that needs it. I strongly recommend you consider all natural plant based sources for any supplements you may need.

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