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The Nutritional Pearls Podcast (Episode 7): MINERALS – Roles, Benefits, Signs Of Deficiency, And Food Sources

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Welcome to The Nutritional Pearls Podcast! Focusing on topics that include digestion, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, supplementation, electrolytes, stomach acid, and so much more, “The Nutritional Pearls Podcast” features Christine Moore, NTP and is hosted by Jimmy Moore, host of the longest running nutritional podcast on the Internet.  Sharing nuggets of wisdom from Christine’s training as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Jimmy’s years of podcasting and authoring international bestselling health and nutrition books, they will feature a new topic of interest and fascination in the world of nutritional health each Monday. Listen in today as Christine and Jimmy welcome special guest Carole St. Laurent, NTP from foodhealthrive.com, a “real food” nutritionist. Carole uses local, properly prepared and nutrient dense foods to restore balance and support wellness, with bio-individual strategies aimed for success. Listen in as they talk all about minerals in Episode 7.

Here’s what Christine, Jimmy, and Carole talked about in Episode 7:

Minerals

1. Roles of minerals
A. Maintains proper pH balance in the body
B. helps transport nutrients across cell membranes
C. Maintains proper nerve conduction
D. Helps contract and relax muscles
E. regulates tissue growth
2. Breakdown of Macro and Micro Minerals
A. Macro Minerals-magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, chlorine, sodium, and sulfur
B. Microminerals-Iron, zinc, copper, chromium, selenium, iodine, boron, manganese, molybdenum,
lithium (used to treat bipolar disorder), rubidium (required in smaller amounts in the body)
3. Uses/benefits of minerals
A. Electrolytes
1. Salt, for most people is not an issue so don’t be afraid of salt. It takes 7.5 grams of salt to raise
a normal systolic blood pressure reading 5 or 6 points (140 is considered high). Salt is not good
or bad. It’s whether it’s out of balance with potassium. (New York Times Article and JAMA
study (11/23/11 by Gina Kolata “Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion and Risk of
Cardiovascular Events”
B. Calcium-Bone remodeling
1. Cofactors needed for calcium
a. Systemic pH: normal blood pH should be between 7.35 and 7.45
1. When blood pH rises or becomes more alkaline, calcium is deposited into the bone.
2. When blood pH falls or becomes more acidic, calcium is deposited into the blood.
b. Hydration-electrolytes and water
c. Hormones-parathyroid in particular
d. Other Minerals (Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Boron, Copper, and
Zinc
e. Vitamins (A, D, E, K)-D needed with the Parathyroid to increase levels of calcium in the
blood
f. Essential Fatty Acids)-necessary to transport calcium across the cell membrane
g. Digestion (proper stomach pH (Between 1.5 and 3)
2. K2 (Activator X) –K2 needed to help get calcium where it needs to go
C. Zinc-healthy immunity, better wound healing, aids in stomach acid (HCl) production, DNA
synthesis
D. Magnesium-helps calcium do what it’s supposed to do
4. Endocrine system and minerals-each endocrine gland has a mineral on which it particularly
depends.
1. Pituitary Gland: Manganese
2. Thyroid: Iodine
3. Pancreas: Chromium
4. Gonads: Selenium
5. Adrenals: Copper-if adrenals aren’t functioning right, they can’t produce Aldosterone. If
Aldosterone levels are low, your body will dump salt through urination which will lead to an
electrolyte imbalance.
6. Prostate: Zinc

5. Signs of mineral deficiency
A. magnesium-heart palpitations, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
B. electrolyte imbalances: fatigue, headache, muscle cramps
C. Zinc-Depressed immune system, low HCl production, slow wound healing
D. Calcium-numbness in extremities
E. Iron-anemia, feeling weak or tired
F. Potassium-muscle cramping, weakness, constipation, bloating or abdominal pain, irregular
heartbeat

6. Sources of minerals-our body can’t make minerals so we have to get them from our diet.
A. Calcium-milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, kale, Chinese cabbage
B. Zinc-oysters, beef, turkey, cheese, swiss chard, pumpkin seeds
C. Iron-meat, poultry, or fish, beef liver, clams, spinach, mussels, spirulina (seaweed), oysters, ginger
D. Magnesium-Almonds, cashews, seeds, green leafy vegetables (spinach)
E. Potassium-avocado, dark leafy greens, beets, cantaloupe, sardines

Nutritional Pearls for Episode 7:
1. DON’T BE AFRAID OF SALT!
2. Our body can’t make minerals so we have to get them from our diet.
3. Calcium is very important for multiple functions in the body

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“Modern farming has depleted the soil and we are not getting the minerals that we should get from the earth.” – Carole St. Laurent, NTP

“For most people salt is not an issue in regards to high blood pressure. It takes a ridiculous amount of salt to raise blood pressure just a few points.” – Christine Moore, NTP

“Bananas are a decent source of potassium, but there are high-fat foods like avocado that are much better sources.” – Jimmy Moore

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