By balancing essential minerals you provide your body with the nutrition necessary to support your unique metabolic needs. You can start by making simple choices that promote good health.
Eating food transforms the energy from the food into your cells. The more nutrient rich your food is, the more nourishment you receive. Learning how to obtain and prepare nourishing food is the single most important step towards self-sufficient health maintenance. If you are a parent, children who learn to cook make better food choices. Learning to cook has several notable benefits:
Success is dependent on taking good care of yourself by eating high quality, nutrient rich natural foods. And avoiding those foods and other things that harm you. This is best accomplished by preparing your own meals. Initially, the switch to a diet that is filled with wholesome nutrient rich foods from a typical Standard American Diet (SAD), or even a well meaning ‘health-food’ diet, can be a challenge. It is easy to understand why. Changing established habits and educating yourself about food can be difficult and may take some time (patience is its own reward). There are additional obstacles:
With perseverance and courage you can overcome the hurdles and stumbling blocks. You will discover that you become more capable, more resilient, happier, healthier, and enjoy renewed energy. These are the incentives that will continue moving you forward.
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These general dietary guidelines are good for most people. hTMA results provide more individually specific guidelines. It is important to eat foods that are raised in sustainable ways. Organically grown, pasture-raised grass-fed, GMO and antibiotic free.
Keep your meals simple. Simple meals are easier to digest, and to prepare. Examples;
Keeping food combinations in meals simple is especially important for the very young and very old, and for those with a compromised digestive system. The fact that a number of gastrointestinal drugs are on the 20 top selling prescription drugs list indicates that millions of people have compromised digestion. Add to this the multitude of popular over-the-counter drugs sold for diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, acid reflux and so on. Pharmaceuticals only effect symptoms often making the underlying cause(s) of the problem worse.
Try to eliminate ALL simple carbohydrates (sugar/sweets, candies, cookies, pastries, sweetened cereals, etc.) especially anything with high-fructose corn syrup, the mainstay of most processed foods and drinks. Try not to drink calories (i.e., soft drinks, sports or energy drinks, mocha frappuccino, etc.). Instead replace them with plenty of clean water. A daily glass of carrot juice is a sweet treat instead.
The metabolism of glucose and fructose is similar. However, fructose can induce numerous abnormalities that include fatty liver, which in turn could eventually lead to impaired liver function, cell damage, and fibrosis. Fructose metabolism has the ability to induce generation of reactive oxygen species due to increased activity of xanthine oxidase and generation of glyceraldehyde, which is an inducer of free radicals. The liver may be exposed to oxidative stress following the consumption of fructose. M. Fields, Nutritional Factors Adversely Influencing the Glucose/Insulin System
Limit consumption of fruits. Eat small amounts of fresh organic berries as a nutritious treat and limit other fruit consumption to occasional organic fruits when in season (again, small servings). If you eat dried fruits, cook them first to kill parasites common to dried fruit. Fructose (the sugar in fruit) is readily absorbed and rapidly metabolized by the liver. For thousands of years humans consumed only about 16–20 grams of fructose per day, largely from fresh fruits. Western diets have resulted in significant increases in added fructose, leading to daily consumption typically in the 85–100 gram range. Exposure of the liver to such large quantities of fructose leads to insulin sensitivity, and fatty liver disease. We evolved eating fruits only when they were ripe, and for very short periods. Most fruit today is hybrid, and much too sweet (compare the size and sweetness of a modern hybridized strawberry with a wild strawberry). Fruit affects blood sugar levels and very often contributes to intestinal diseases such as yeast infections. However, there is evidence supporting eating small quantities of fructose. Small levels of fructose can have positive catalytic effects. A small amount can decrease the glycemic response to glucose loads, and improve glucose tolerance.
Eating a small amount of grains is fine, unless you are a fast metabolizer.
Eliminate all grains that contain gluten including barley, bulgur, couscous, farina, graham flour, kamut, mayzo, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat and wheat germ. Most people feel better without any gluten in their diet.
Proper preparation of grains is important. A special pre-soaking procedure is usually recommended due to phytates. Always cook grains thoroughly. Avoid granola, trail mix and muesli, which may not be well-cooked and is usually rancid. Because of rapid oil rancidity, grains are best eaten freshly cooked.
Avoid wheat and spelt in all forms. Commercial wheat is highly hybridized and is unbalanced and inflammatory. Avoid all foods made with wheat such as most breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, flour tortillas, hot and cold cereals, soups and gravies thickened with flour, and most pasta. If you must have pasta, use rice or non-wheat pasta.
Modern wheat is a perfect chronic poison. The modern wheat plant was created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s. This thing has many new features, that nobody told you about. For example, there is a new protein called gliadin. Not gluten. And, I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody. Everybody is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. The gliadin protein binds into opiate receptors in your brain. In most of us it stimulates appetite. So much so that we consume at least 440 additional calories per day — 365 days per year. Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly
Along with the advent of modern industrial agriculture, serious health problems associated with dairy products have developed. We recommend AGAINST consumption of all dairy products from conventional, industrial, confinement dairies. Carefully sourced, raw dairy products are excellent nutrient-rich foods. This has been true for millennia. Raw dairy products are rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, selenium, dozens of other trace minerals, and other beneficial trace nutrients.
Pasteurization allows commercial dairy operations to sell milk from diseased cows because pasteurizing kills harmful bacteria. It's integration was made possible by large-scale well funded lobbying efforts. The problem is that milk is a living food, and pasteurization damages the bio-availability of calcium and protein. It also destroys most of the omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and other nutrients. As a consequence these commercially processed milk products often cause allergic reactions for susceptible individuals. When you set pasteurized milk out on your counter, it quickly goes rancid. In contrast, clean raw milk begins to ferment and turns into healthy, edible curds and whey.
Pasteurization also destroys lactase in the milk. Lactase is an enzyme in the small intestine that is essential to the complete digestion of whole milk. Lactase breaks down lactose, a sugar which gives milk its sweetness. Lacking lactase, consuming dairy products may produce the symptoms of lactose intolerance. This is why many people have digestion problems when drinking milk. Raw milk contains lactase that can help to repopulate the gut flora, improving digestion.
Safety concerns around harmful bacteria in raw milk are valid. Raw milk should only be purchased from dairies that follow strict health and safety practices and test their milk regularly for bacterial content. If you can find a reputable source for high-quality raw milk from pasture raised, grass fed cows, a small amount of milk is okay. However, if you can find raw goat milk that would be preferable. Goat milk is a better human food than cow milk because the balance of fat to protein is more appropriate, it is naturally homogenized (fat doesn't separate like milk) so the fat is easier to digest — and it is lower in sugar. Raw, non-pasturized dairy products from pastured, grass-fed animals including plain kefir (unsweetened), full-fat plain yogurt (unsweetened), and cheese provide excellent nutritional benefits.
Fish and seafood used to be one of the best foods man could eat. Now most are too toxic. Sardines are one of the least toxic fish because they are low on the food chain, fast-growing, and they contain abundant sea-minerals, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Wild-caught salmon once a week is another generally safe seafood. Limit your consumption of most other fish and especially shellfish, most are contaminated with mercury and other chemical and biological toxins.
Grass-fed naturally raised beef and lamb are excellent food. Naturally pastured (free-range) poultry is more important than "organic." Pastured and organic is even better. Wild game are excellent, make friends with a local hunter.
Avoid all industrially processed meats. Avoid organ meats unless you are sure they come from grass-fed naturally raised animals. Organs tend to accumulate toxins so the animal needs to be very healthy. Pork products may contain parasites that cooking does not always neutralize, pork is best avoided.
Although nutritious, nuts and seeds are hard to digest and contain phytates. Eat them in very small quantities. Roasted nuts are usually rancid. Nuts should be fresh and raw. Eating them as nut and seed butters allows for easier digestion. Avoid peanuts and peanut butter due to the common presence of aflatoxins.
Protein powders, whey powders, and smoothies are best avoided. Whole foods are much preferred to any type of powders or meal replacement drinks. With the whole egg or whole milk, you will generally get much more nutrition, and at a lower price. Also, most smoothies have some type of sweeteners added, providing an overdose of simple carbohydrates. Soy protein powders should be avoided at all costs. In fact, avoid soy altogether.
Eating a vegetarian diet without compromising your health is complex and challenging, though not impossible. Most people are unwilling to take the time necessary to preserve health while on a vegetarian diet. Even when proper precautions are observed, without professional guidance and the technical support of a hTMA lab analysis, you cannot be sure you are giving your body what it needs. Dietary protein needs are commonly misunderstood.
Often people feel better when they first switch to a vegetarian diet. This is usually because they have eliminated the toxic junk foods and started eating more vegetables, or because they have a compromised digestive system, making animal proteins difficult to digest. However, after a few years on this diet, they start to become exhausted and develop a host of health problems. Vegans get to this state of exhaustion even faster than vegetarians. If you are a vegetarian and want to know whether your body is absorbing and retaining the nutrients it needs, we recommend you work with an medically qualified hTMA practitioner.
Fats are extremely important foods, especially for fast metabolizers and children. Children, when healthy, are naturally fast metabolizers. A fast metabolism requires some fat with every meal for the pure energy it provides. Most people need between one and three tablespoons of fats daily. Eliminate deep fried foods (french fries), as the oil is often overheated, rancid and damaged. Be sure to get enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Sources of good fats and oils include:
Currently, the odds of dying from a cancer related illness are roughly 50%. If you have beaten the odds this far, and wish to reduce your risk, mineral balancing can detoxify your body and enhance your immune function. It is the most effective protocol we know of for building health and preventing cancer and other degenerative diseases.
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Not only is cancer on the rise. Asthma, neurological disorders such as dementia and learning disorders, infertility, and a host of other illnesses have been linked to, or proven to be caused by, environmental toxins. The only way to protect yourself from these damaging health effects is to first, do your best to avoid exposure, and second, do your best to eliminate the toxins and reduce your toxic body burden.
Providing preferred minerals in the proper balance will foster excretion of, and prevent cellular retention of, toxic minerals. In this instance, hTMA mineral balancing acts as a gentle, safe form of chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is the use of chelating agents to detoxify poisonous metal agents such as mercury, arsenic, and lead by converting them to a chemically inert form that can be excreted without further interaction with the body, and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1991. Chelation therapy has a long history of use in clinical toxicology.
Balancing essential minerals with hTMA also acts as a gentle chelator. It removes accumulated toxic chemicals and heavy metals by replacing them in cellular binding sites with biologically preferred elements. The safest, most effective way to chelate heavy-metals is with results from a hTMA and the guidance of an experienced hTMA practitioner. Another benefit is that hTMA restores healthy digestion so you are able to metabolize the all of the wonderful, delicious, recommended nutrient-rich foods.
The mechanisms of stress have been substantiated and are continually being explored, but the nutritional consequence has not been fully appreciated. We should first recognize that not all stress is necessarily bad. Dr. Hans Selye aptly described this difference as "stress and distress." Human beings are constantly under stress. It is both inescapable and indispensable to life. Some types of stress can be motivating and positive. Distress, however, is destructive to the body and if prolonged can lead to physical deterioration.
The stress response, when prolonged, leads to losses of, or increased requirements for, a multitude of nutrients. These imbalances in turn can lead to increased body burden of toxic metals and chemicals. There are many stress reduction recommendations out there, and many are helpful. But, reducing stress from the outside will not help as much as reducing it from the inside, with each and every one of your cells. This is done by giving your cells the energy they need to function at their optimum biochemically possible levels. Through nutrition.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." Albert Einstein
All biological processes in life are dependent on adequate energy. Cellular energy is the source of your physical and mental power. Energy maintains your body because all repair processes require energy. Repair activities typically happen during sleep, so contrary to common myth that you sleep because you are exhausted, sleep requires energy. The conversion of food into energy requires energy. The removal of toxins and waste products from the cells requires energy. The less cellular-level energy you have, the more dysfunction occurs. Without adequate energy for basic functioning — the cell dies.
Increased, or hyper, functioning of the thyroid and adrenal glands occurs in the alarm stage of stress (i.e., flight of fight). This state may become chronic and ultimately lead to under function, or hypothyroid or hypoadrenal states, commonly experienced as burnout. This is a sign of poor immune and stress response, both of which can lead to degraded performance and illnesses of all types. Achieving and maintaining a balanced P.A.T axis will optimize your cellular energy function and help provide emotional stability through effective and appropriate hormonal responses.
hTMA lab results provide the information needed to optimize nutrition, and recommends supplements specific to your individual biochemical needs. Diet alone is not enough. It is not practical, or even possible, to precisely control the mineral levels and ratios in your meals.
It is important to understand is that minerals can interfere with or reduce absorption of other nutrients, or they can enhance the absorption and utilization of other nutrients. Decades of research and clinical observation have led an appreciation of biochemical individuality. We all have unique metabolic challenges and needs. We also know that nutrients have both stimulating and sedative effects of upon metabolism. Another intriguing fact is that vitamins and minerals exhibit synergistic and antagonistic effects upon one another.
A person who has a fast metabolic rate should avoid excessive intake of the stimulatory nutrients (such as vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B10, E, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese and selenium). They should instead be supplementing with the sedative nutrients (such as vitamins B2, B12, D, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and chromium), but only at the proper levels and in proper ratios with other nutrients to balance their bio-individual excess and deficiency.
A slow metabolizer, on the other hand, would be adversely affected by the sedating supplements calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. This can lead to depression and other health dysfunctions.
Laboratory hTMA provides important information regarding your biochemical individuality (metabolic profile). A best-guess approach to nutritional supplementation often creates deficiencies and excesses. Randomly taking supplements without an individualized biochemical analysis and scientific guidance risks harm.
You may read in a magazine that zinc is good for you, that vitamin D is good for you, or that we are all deficient in magnesium. You may even stock up on seductive special 2-for-1 sales on calcium or other supplements. But as you can see by the examples above, taking any of these might be a big mistake for you. The only way you can know what supplements to take for your specific physical or emotional imbalances to to use the results of a hair tissue mineral analysis.
We recommend that you do not take vitamin or mineral supplements without having hTMA test results for guidance and the support of a qualified hTMA practitioner.
The majority of commercial multiple vitamin and mineral supplements are dysfunctional, and potentially harmful because they contain ingredients that have antagonistic relationships. It is important to realize that each individual mineral has over twenty different factors that determine its therapeutic efficacy. This complexity is one reason why hTMA, as an objective scientific method for testing mineral imbalances, is so valuable.Find a Qualified hTMA Practitioner Back to Top ↑
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