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Unlocking Optimal Performance

An Elemental Approach to Health

Good nutrition is essential to good health, and nutritional elements are where good health begins.  What exactly are nutritional elements?   These are the essential elements, sometimes incorrectly called minerals, such as magnesium, calcium and selenium.   Essential elements act on virtually every cell of the body to ensure that all the hormones, enzymes, and proteins function properly.  In short, we need essential elements to survive and thrive.  But, in the same way that essential elements are key to good health, so too is limiting exposure to the toxic elements. 

Toxic Elements

Toxic elements, sometimes referred to as ‘heavy metals’, can take the place of essential elements in important biochemical processes in the body. Toxic elements can block the benefits of essential elements, which can impact both physical and mental health.  Some examples of the effects of toxic elements:

  • Cadmium interferes with the beneficial effects of selenium on thyroid.  Symptoms of low thyroid include depression, slowed thinking and trouble remembering. Exposure to cadmium (e.g. through cigarette smoke) may contribute to symptoms of depression and trouble thinking and remembering. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740614/
  • Lead interferes with the body’s natural antioxidants, and can also take the place of key essential elements.  Its effects are particularly noticeable on the brain.  Lead has been linked to behavioural issues and learning problems in children, and memory and mood disturbances in adults.    A lead testing program in Rhode Island in the US saw reading ability scores increase significantly when children’s lead levels declined. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3485653/ http://www.mwph.org/programs/lead-treatment/effects
  • Mercury inflicts its damage by changing the structure of key proteins in the brain and other tissues.  Inhalation of mercury vapour from ‘silver’ dental fillings or from liquid mercury can result in mild symptoms like muscle weakness and fatigue, or more severe symptoms like  memory loss, depression and insomnia – depending on the level of exposure. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3253456/

Supplying the body with a nutrient-rich diet, getting regular exercise and sleeping at least 7 hours a night are important steps towards optimal performance.  But even those three incredibly important lifestyle factors may not bring the health gains you desire if toxic elements are working behind the scenes. The good news is, there are tests available that can provide a snapshot of the level of both toxic and essential elements in the body. Once you have assessed your unique needs, you are empowered to work with your healthcare practitioner to help correct imbalances that may have been identified.

Learn more about Toxic Element testing.