Freddy is a 44-year-old man who spends a lot of free time outdoors. His favorite activities are rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking. A family man, he has a wife, 2 young children and 2 pups! In addition, he is an entrepreneur growing a business; time barely stops for Freddy. He is very passionate about what he does, but also has struggled in the past with dealing with stress. Juggling a lot at one time, Freddy was noticing lower energy levels, feeling burnt out, and overall, just “off”. He took a mineral hair analysis test to gain some insight into changes he could make in his diet and supplement program to help clear his mind, restore his energy and maybe even get some better rest.
Freddy’s Mineral Test Results
When the results came in it was clear that he was deficient in important electrolytes – Calcium and Magnesium. His results also showed a Copper deficiency that he would have to learn a little bit more about. Interestingly, most of his mineral levels were borderline low despite his healthy paleo diet. As a result, it is no surprise that his energy levels were also low.
Going through his results he learned more about the important relationship between Magnesium and Calcium. Additionally, he learned that Magnesium levels and stress can go hand-in-hand. From his report:
“When the body becomes stressed physically or emotionally, the stress reaction will result in a release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. The response to the stress is exaggerated when a magnesium deficiency is present potentially leading to gastrointestinal irritability, cardiovascular disturbances, arthritis, blood sugar fluctuations, or emotional disturbances such as anxiety.”
When this happens, this can dramatically effect calcium levels and throw off the important balance of these two electrolytes, exacerbating the stress and mood swings.
Copper was another mineral that Freddy wouldn’t have thought was effecting his mental health, but after researching more about copper’s involvement in brain function, he learned a copper deficiency can lead to depressive episodes. Despite Freddy’s active lifestyle and supportive family, he could not deny that he had been having more off days than not lately.
His recommendations for better health
As he continued to go through the test, it was apparent that with some minor changes to his day-to-day life he could significantly improve his energy levels, attitude and overall physical health. His mineral recommendations included a 30-day Detox with ActivFulvic to remove the toxic minerals that were pleasant in his body, daily supplementation of Trace Minerals to boost the borderline low mineral levels, Cal/Mag to balance his ratio of these two minerals, 4 drops of Iodine 3-4 times per week to stimulate his thyroid, and a digestive support prebiotic and probiotic to improve nutrient uptake.
In addition, he needed to avoid sugary foods and decrease carbohydrate consumption, all of which is something he felt he could do easily.
Freddy was not planning on slowing down any time soon. His family, his business and his active lifestyle are all things that bring him joy. Leveling out his electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium) not only made sense but was probably something he should have been doing all the time anyways. Also, a 30-day detox was important to help the body rid itself of heavy metals, increase energy and improve brain function as well as many other benefits.
Overall, Freddy was pleased with his results and is eager to start making some of the recommended changes to help him maintain and manage his stress, and continue living the life he has worked very hard to build for himself!