When I was first getting into nutritional balancing, I used symptoms to guide me. I would read about a nutrient, and then I would read the symptoms of said nutrient deficiency and I could clearly see that I had deficiency. Then I would start taking that nutrient (whatever it was) in the form of a pill.
There are a couple of problems with this approach. For one thing, we’re supposed to be able to get nutrients from food mostly. And those nutrients aren’t isolated. There’s no zinc fruit. Or magnesium root. Thankfully, there are lots of nutrients in lots of different, delicious foods.
Secondly, taking one mineral (or vitamin) has an effect on other nutrients. That’s usually a good thing, but we don’t always know what effect we’re creating.
Nutrient Deficiencies have similar symptoms.
Let’s say you’re having muscle cramps. Do you need magnesium or potassium? Or Calcium?
What about anxiety? Should you take magnesium? Zinc? B vitamins? Or maybe retinol (vitamin A) to deal with high copper? It’s really hard to know going only off of symptoms. Lots of symptoms overlap. For instance, symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, or pain can be any number of issues.
This is why testing is helpful. The test is looking at you as an individual, and then we’re taking into consideration your symptoms, your history, your diet and your lifestyle.
This is the mistake I made in the beginning. Yes, I had all the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. And lots of those symptoms went away when I added in magnesium. And I’m so glad I learned all that. But in the process of taking lots of magnesium, I also didn’t consider magnesium’s effect on potassium and my adrenals. And, even though I had a much better 6th pregnancy than any other pregnancy before it, I struggled with low potassium the whole time. It’s still low. Taking vitamin D (before I knew better) also contributed to the low potassium.
Testing is helpful, but the HTMA is the most helpful. The HTMA looks at the big picture, but from the ground up. It shows 29 essential minerals and 8 heavy metals. Then it analyzes the ratios between the most important minerals. That information tells us what kind of health trends are going on. It does not diagnose anything, but it tells us if stress is causing damage to our body. It can tell us how our metabolism is doing, or if the thyroid or the liver or the adrenals (or all three!) are struggling. You can use it to guide your food, lifestyle and supplement choices. Testing, and then retesting can tell you if you’re on the right path towards optimal health.
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