What can cause a mineral imbalance?

What can cause a mineral imbalance?

Diet. Fad diets and diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, salt, alcohol and saturated fats can lead to mineral deficiencies. Even the mineral content of a healthy diet can be deficient if foods are grown on nutrient poor soil.

Stress. Both physical and emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients. At the same time, stress can affect your ability to absorb nutrients from your food.

Medications. Medications such as diuretics, the oral contraceptive pill, antacids and aspirin can all cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Pollution. From adolescence through adulthood the average person is exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources. Toxic minerals such as lead, mercury and cadmium can interfere with mineral absorption. They build up in our bodies from sources such as: air pollution, exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, unfiltered water, dental amalgams, copper and aluminium cookware and antiperspirants.

Inherited patterns. Certain mineral imbalances can be inherited. Some individuals can also have higher requirements for particular nutrients to maintain good health.

Nutrient supplements. Supplements can also lead to mineral excesses and deficiencies.