I was thinking last night about some issues I've been having which have required looking at my mineral intake.  I've read that most Americans are deficient in many critical minerals, and those mineral imbalances can actually affect heart rate, nerve response, mental acuity, and energy levels, to name a few.  

So, I've often had excruciating headaches, and I've noticed they alleviate when I make sure I add certain minerals to my diet.  I've also dealt with sporadic leg cramps, and insomnia, to name a few issues!

Here's what I've done to add the critical minerals of sodium, potassion, calcium, and magnesium to my diet, in particular.  There are other minerals it's important to pay attention to and know about, but these are usually the top 4 that affect most people the most.

This information is just that, and it is not intended to be recommendations or advice.  If you think this info will help you, please do your research, and ask me if you would like some direction.  I really like this third-party, independent, unbiased source.  

(1) Sodium - what I do to support healthy sodium levels involves not adding it to my food, actually, besides scant amounts called for in recipes!  When I suspect my sodium levels are low, I take 1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt and put it on the roof of my mouth.  I hold it there for about 30 seconds, and then swallow.  Then I follow with about 20 oz water, and keep drinking water if I feel thirsty.  I do this before 2pm.  I feel I need salt when I notice water running through me.  

(2) Potassium - my favorite source of potassium is a banana.  I notice I need potassium after a long run or strenuous workout, or when I feel dizzy or my muscles hurt.  Sweet potatoes, beets, and white beans are also good sources of potassium, but I grab for a banana because it's much more easier to eat!

Before moving on, my favorite Young Living sources of sodium and/or potassium are NingXia Red, AlkaLime, and the new Vitality drops (in Grapefruit Bergamot and Lavender Lemon flavors).

(3) Calcium - you can find this in both dairy sources, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, and green sources, like kale, broccoli, bok choi, and other sources, like almonds and sardines.

(4) Magnesium - you can support healthy levels of magnesium through food, and through the skin.  Popular sources of magnesium are dark chocolate, avocadoes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, salmon, tofu, legumes, bananas, and leafy greens.  Many of these foods are favorable for some people, and undesirable for others, so know your own body, research the source, and pick the ones that support your body the most.

My favorite ways to get magnesium otherwise are by taking an Epsom salt bath (put 1/2 cup each Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl, stir, add your favorite "mild" essential oil [my favorites are Stress Away and Lavender], and stir again.  Slowly add to running bath water, and stay in the bath for at least 20 minutes). and MegaCal.  This is a powder you stir into water.  I love this before bed, because it does make me tired, and helps me stay asleep. It is a VERY unique and highly potent supplement.  This video is a fantastic explanation.  

I'm curious!  What of these methods have you tried before?  What is your favorite food on this list!

I'm thinking of you today, and hoping you feel your best and have joy.
Blessings to you today!!!


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