How do Mineral Deficiencies occur?
- Soil Depletion is the the number one reason that most people are mineral deficient.. Even organically grown vegetables can be lacking in minerals as organic farming addresses mainly the application of pesticides and chemicals to crops. It is important to consume produce that has been grown via the bio-dynamic system that practices crop rotation and soil supplementation
- Pharmaceutical Drugs –almost all drugs (if not all) deplete the body in some way of nutrients eg, Birth control pills – create excess copper in the body and deplete magnesium and zinc, along with numerous other vitamins. Copper toxicity is a primary cause of miscarriage and susceptibility to postpartum depression
- Coffee – calcium/magnesium are lost in our urine with coffee. It’s a diuretic so causes the loss of potassium and sodium as well
- Alcohol - speeds up the excretion of magnesium through the kidneys. It can also deplete, calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, potassium and chromium
- Soft drink consumption – contains excess phosphorous which leads to reduced body storage of calcium because they compete for absorption in the intestines
- Sugar- for every molecule of sugar our bodies use 54 molecules of magnesium to process it. Sugar also depletes magnesium, potassium and robs your bones of minerals in general
- Stress- depletes magnesium and B vitamins
- The Standard Western Diet – the typical diet of minimal fresh foods, higher amounts of refined and processed foods, foods grown on poor/depleted soils, excess phosphorous in these foods depletes calcium and has been shown to cause bone loss.
- Pregnancy -if mother is already low in mineral stores she will become further depleted as her body uses significant nutrients to build a healthy baby. Iron is one common mineral deficiency in pregnant and breastfeeding women.