There's more to "eating right" than piling up the fresh produce and cutting back on unhealthy foods. There's also more to losing weight than keeping to ridiculous eating regimes. Long term, effective weight loss is a scientific process that involves you giving your body the trace minerals it needs for optimimum health.
What are trace minerals and how do they help you lose weight?
The body needs certain nutrients in very small amounts, yet, our food is often devoid of those vitamins and minerals. Restrictive weight loss diets are often completely nutrient depleted, which makes it essential for you to supplement. Here's how minerals help you lose weight:
Iron: Optimum iron levels boost your energy levels, making it easier to exercise.
Calcium: Researchers have found that calcium is beneficial in helping with weight-loss, particularly around the abdominal area.
Iodine: Often overlooked, iodine is very important for the thyroid. May people who struggle to lose weight despite eating healthily, may be deficient in iodine. Brittle or dull hair, hairloss, low skin tone and extreme fatigue, constipation, poor concentration and depression are all signs of iodine deficiency.
Manganese: Stored in the liver, kidneys, bones and pituitary gland, manganese is essential for the enzyme system. It regulates the thyroid hormone functions and helps break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
Magnesium: A lack of magnesium can cause cravings.
Zinc: Important for blood sugar regulation, zinc improves glucose tolerance, increases insulin response and influences carbohydrate metabolism.
Vanadium: This mineral helps to regulate blood sugar levels by mimicking insulin's activity. It stops the body from storing excess calories as fat.
Chromium: The most popular mineral for weight loss, chromium stimulates insulin activity to help metabolise fat.
Proper nutritional balance is of extreme importance for people who need to lose, however, it can seem so complicated and cumbersome. Without understanding the risks of obesity, it's easy to just give up on the goal to lose weight and eat healthily. However, obesity is linked to a number of diseases, ranging from insulin intolerance to diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even chronic pain.
A Norwegian study in 2011 found that obesity is linked to chronic pain. According to this study, people who exercised for at least one hour every week, had less chronic pain and that exercise can help with obesity-related pain.
If you are tired, depressed and overweight, you may lack important nutrients, and a simple hair mineral analysis can tell you exactly how to balance your mineral levels.