Sleep & The Mineral Connection
Trace minerals, like Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium and Iodine are all vital for our health. In fact, trace minerals are needed for hundreds of thousands of functions within our bodies. The above minerals are vital for Thyroid health, for example.
Why Are We Mineral Deficient?
Deteriorating gut health is one of the key causes of mineral deficiency. A poorly functioning gut will prevent us from absorbing the nutrients from our food, and minerals are some of the first nutrients we fail to digest.
Our soil has been largely stripped of any nutrients. Most of the minerals have been lost from our soil over the last few decades.
80% of nutrients have been lost from our soil in the last 70 years. Food grown in depleted soil will be as nutrient deficient as the soil itself.
Intensive, large-scale farming, in the form of mono-cropping, has ensured extensive soil erosion. Also, large scale farming operations use lots of chemicals to artificially grow crops, and do NOTHING to replenish the nutrients.
Modern farming methods are a crime against humanity and they are a crime against the environment, aka Ecocide.
What Does Mineral Deficiency Ultimately Mean?
If we are trace mineral-deficient the outcome is pretty bleak.
I’m sorry, but there’s no nice way of saying this. If we are mineral deficient we will eventually get sick at a systemic level, which will eventually lead to a terminal illness. However, in the meantime, our daily lives will be made increasingly difficult as well.
One of the ways in which a mineral deficiency makes itself felt is in it’s ability to deliver night after night of sleeplessness.
Mineral Deficiency Causes Insomnia
Once it’s understood that trace minerals are vital for our systemic health it’s not hard to imagine why mineral deficiency causes insomnia. Insufficient Magnesium, in particular, is a big issue.
In fact, according to Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D, a preeminent neurosurgeon…
Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.
So, it’s not only your sleep that will improve if you start supplementing with Magnesium. Many other biological processes will return to normal when Magnesium levels are restored.
Plus, Magnesium helps regulate other minerals like Calcium and Potassium, so the knock-on effect will be significant.
But, perhaps more importantly, where sleep is concerned, low Magnesium levels make Vitamin D ineffective. Vitamin D, which is actually an Hormone, is as critically important for sleep as Magnesium. So, a Magnesium deficiency causes a cascade of events which make it increasingly difficult to enjoy restorative sleep.
Luckily, the solution for insomnia, in most cases, is pretty simple.
Quite often, increasing Magnesium and Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2, will do the trick. Finding natural ways of increasing these constituents is preferable, through diet and bone broth etc, but if your gut is compromised, sometimes applying minerals to the skin is the best way forward. Magnesium Oil is one option, and then there’s Mineral Spritz, containing 26 different minerals, which is also useful.
**If you take supplements to assist you sleep, please be aware of the following.
Minerals prefer to go through the skin as opposed to being digested via the gut, especially if you have compromised digestion.
The very popular Wild As The Wind product Mineral Spritz, as mentioned above, is one of several transdermal mineral rich products. Mineral Spritz also has the added benefit of alleviating Eczema and Psoriasis, and often eliminating the appearance of dry skin, replacing it with skin that looks really healthy and feels silky to the touch.
Epsom Salts are a great way of getting Magnesium into the body, but there are environmental issues to be considered here.
Using a Mineral Spritz is a lot more environmentally sound.
Food sources of vital minerals are covered in the video at the end of this article. It also covers all of the foods to avoid to optimise mineral absorption.
It also mentions how prescription drugs interfere with our mineral absorption.
Do not take Vitamin D close to bedtime, it will keep you awake!
Ensuring proper nutrition is vitally important, but so is routine, and what we do in the run-up to going to bed.
Many consider the ideal time to go to bed to be approximately 10.00pm, with others believing an even earlier bedtime is optimally beneficial.
Because we do most of our healing when we are asleep, it’s best to be in the land of nod for the important daily maintenance schedule of the body.
Eastern medicine determines the daily maintenance schedule is based on the following timescales.
***I have started the schedule at 9.00pm with the Endocrine System & Pancreas which span 9.00pm until 11.00pm.
9.00pm to 11.00pm :: Endocrine System & Pancreas
11.00pm to 1.00am :: Gallbladder
1.00am to 3.00am :: Liver
3.00am to 5.00am :: Lungs
5.00am to 7.00am :: Large intestine
7.00am to 9.00am :: Stomach
9.00am to 11.00am :: Spleen
11.00am to 1.00pm :: Heart
1.00pm to 3.00pm :: Small Intestines
3.00pm to 5.00pm :: Bladder
5.00pm to 7.00pm :: Kidneys
7.00pm to 9.00pm :: Circulation
It is considered extremely beneficial to be asleep when the night-time organ processes take place. For example, the Liver, which is our major detox organ, fulfils many of its most critical functions in the early hours of the morning.
I am regularly informed, on the days that I am ‘customer facing’ (in other words, out on a market somewhere), that people are consistently waking up at three ‘o’ clock in the morning. Fascinatingly, this is almost certainly due to some kind of Liver issue in most cases.
Our Livers are being made to work excessively hard. Modern diets and modern stressful living are really making themselves felt. In a lot of cases our Livers are overwhelmed, and can’t function properly.
If you have cellulite, wake at three in the morning, and come down with everything that’s going around, then your Liver is almost certainly not functioning properly.
***People with lowered immunity tend to be mineral deficient. Our immune systems need minerals in order to function properly.
Aside from supplementing with minerals, here’s a few other things you can do:
Calcium, Chromium, *Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium and Zinc
*Copper is a problematic mineral. There’s a lot of people who are obtaining toxic levels of Copper in their diet, especially if they are supplementing with a multi-vitamin.
Ensuring we have a consistent source of bio-available minerals is vitally important if we are to achieve restful sleep as well as good overall health.
The body can only use ionised minerals, and so it is important to supplement with a good source of ionised minerals. In this instance ionisation means pre-digested.
However, this is not the only potential cause of malabsorption of minerals. Poor gut health will also lead to malabsorption.
Heavy Metal Toxicity can play a significant role in mineral deficiency. For example Aluminium will deplete Magnesium levels.
The way in which heavy metals tend to cause us mineral issues is because heavy metals occupy the same binding sites as minerals in the body So, if we are mineral deficient our bodies will use heavy metals, from the air, water or our food, to try and complete the bodily functions for which minerals are needed. It’s a bit of an ‘any port in a storm’ type scenario.
In fact, having insufficient minerals forces our bodies to retain heavy metals instead of detoxing them. So, before we even think about embarking on a heavy metal detox we must first ensure we are obtaining enough ionised minerals every day.
Go here to read how toxic Heavy Metals are for our body’s.
When we supplement with ionised minerals, and we don’t have any gut absorption issues, then we jail-break the heavy metals and replace them with minerals. Essentially the minerals push the metals out.
Most of us are Magnesium is vital for a good many of our most important biochemical processes. Up to about 700 in fact.
Refined sugar also ploughs through our Magnesium stores as we require a lot of Magnesium to process refined sugar out of the body.
On top of this, sugar actually decreases Magnesium absorption and also prompts the Kidneys to excrete Magnesium faster. As Magnesium is vital for stabilising blood sugar a rapid downward spiral is achieved. One of the key reasons so many of us are deficient in Magnesium is because there is so much hidden sugar and even tangible refined sugar within our Western diets.
Another reason is the amount of stress, which includes physical stress, that we are all under in the modern world.
If you suffer from things like anxiety and restless leg syndrome then it’s time to get yourself some magnesium mineral supplements!
*A good way of topping up our mineral intake is by re-mineralising filtered drinking water with something like Himalayan Rock Salt, as mentioned in Morning Detox Protocols.
Magnesium actually prefers to enter the body trans-dermally rather than via the digestive tract. There’s a product called Magnesium Oil, which isn’t an oil at all, that can be sprayed on the skin so the Magnesium can be absorbed via the skin.
Fulvic Humic Acid
Fulvic Humic Acid, aka Shilajit, is extremely mineral rich and has been formed from decomposing plants and animals a very long time ago. It is a very rich source of minerals.
Technology & Poor Sleep
There is no question that modern technology, in the form of Smart Phones, Computers, tablets and TVs, is robbing of the ability to sleep on a grand scale.
I very much hope you read the following article and take the practical steps advised:
If you have any of the following, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, migraine and clustered headaches, muscle pain, and cramping, then you will benefit from this video…
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