In today’s post, I’m sharing easy ways you can add mineral rich ingredients to your smoothie.
Let’s Start With A Little Of My Health Journey
I haven’t really shared any part of my story until today. After the birth of my daughter, I struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety.
In an effort to manage it, I searched high and low for natural ways to help me. I was so passionate about the topic that I even hosted my own podcast. It was unfortunately short-lived because at that point in my life (as much as I wanted to) I just couldn’t take it on.
During that time, I had come to the conclusion that pregnancy had depleted me so much and caused me to have thyroid issues. Depression & anxiety were just a symptom.
I Searched For The Magic Pill
Through my healing journey, I would desperately look for a magic cure. I went through many diets, tried the next trending supplement, & relived some of my childhood trauma hoping that something would be THE thing that got me better.
That led me to trying a supplement called TRS. It’s a zeolite spray that detoxes the body of heavy metals. Surely that’s what was causing my anxiety. I was so serious about it that I wanted to sell it and spend hundreds myself on the product.
To showcase how well the spray worked, I took a hair analysis test to be able to compare my before and after heavy metal levels.
That test also showed my mineral levels. They were VERY low. Finally this was the missing piece to the puzzle. Upon further research, I found that minerals are essential to thyroid and hormone health, and it all made sense to me.
But I wondered how could it have gotten this bad?
Things That Deplete Your Minerals
- Depletion of mineral in the soil: You no longer get it through food
- Low stomach acid
- Birth control pills
- Filtered water: It filters all the minerals with the contaminants. You need to add minerals back in.
- Inorganic food: When you purchase conventional food, you’re eating food that was sprayed with glyphosate (more on that here). Glyphosate was originally used as a pipe cleaner. A good pipe cleaner cleans the mineral deposits from your drains and unfortunately you too!
- Pregnancy: It’s important to nourish yourself through pregnancy and postpartum to keep your mineral levels in check. According to Robert Thompson, over the course of a 265 day pregnancy, the baby takes about 4 pounds of minerals from the mother or about 10% of her total mineral supply. That’s huge!
Looking at the culprits freaked me out because I could checkmark each one. My initial answer was to purchase Trace Minerals for my water. My family uses a Berkey Water Filter and I’m so glad it gets a lot of chemicals and toxins out of my water, it does not add in much needed minerals your body needs!
Silly me to think that adding in minerals to my water would be enough. After some time, I realized I had to get more serious and concentrate on ways I could add minerals into my diet.
The Importance of Minerals
Minerals are essential for health. The body uses minerals for may different jobs including: keeping bones healthy, muscles, heart, & brain working properly.
Minerals are also important for making enzymes and hormones.
There are 2 Types of Minerals
- Trace minerals
You need larger amounts of macrominerals: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and sulfur.
You need smaller amounts of trace minerals: manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, and selenium.
Since our food and soil isn’t as rich in these minerals as the used to be, I like to consume a mineral-rich smoothie everyday. It’s very kid-friendly and easy to get those minerals in!
The Role That Minerals Play In The Body
Magnesium, potassium, and sodium are crucial for every function of our body!
The body is doing all sorts of things behind the scenes. Imagine that these things your body is doing are transaction. These transaction require money.
Imagine that the money for these transactions are these essential minerals. Magnesium, potassium, and sodium are involved in over 300 regularly occurring transactions in the human body.
When the body doesn’t have enough of them, these transactions don’t occur as efficiently as they should and imbalances occur.
This means you will not look and feel as good as you should. This translates to an inefficient metabolism, hormonal imbalances, poor quality sleep, low energy, skin problems, and fat storage in places where we do not want fat.
I did a post on stress and some actionable steps you can take to support your body, and one of the tips sure enough was to up your intake of minerals.
Stress (in any form) increases your requirements for many nutrients (especially magnesium, sodium, and potassium). We live in a very stressful world.
Stress also decreases thyroid function. Thyroid health and minerals go hand in hand!
You need more of a nutrient to avoid deficiency yet as stress increases you begin to use that nutrient even less efficiently. So a poorly functioning thyroid will make it so that your body does not use minerals very well.
My Basic Smoothie Formula
Of course, you do not have to believe any of what I share. I’m totally okay with that. What I want to encourage you to do is do your own research. This is all based on my journey and we are all so different!
If you’re still onboard, I’d love to share with you a simple formula I use for making all my smoothies. Again, this is just a formula so that you can tweak it to your liking.
#1 Protein Source
#2 Fat Source
- Full fat dairy
- full fat coconut milk
- coconut flakes
- coconut oil
- avocado – doubles as fat and mineral source!
#3 Carb Source
- Any fruit: Have fun with it!
- Natural sweeteners (honey, pure maple syrup, black strap molasses [also doubles as carb and mineral source], dates [also doubles as carb and mineral source])
Mineral Rich Ingredients To Add To Your Smoothie
As seen above a few of the macronutrients like avocado, molasses, and date also contain much needed minerals for your body. Below are other add-ins that are just as nutrient dense.
- Brewer’s yeast: Contains potassium, calcium, B vitamins
- Cacao: Rich in magnesium and copper
- Coconut water: Rich in potassium
- Royal jelly/bee pollen: Rich in B vitamins and copper
- Liver powder: Rich in copper, B vitamins, zinc and Vitamin A
- Aloe vera juice: Rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
- Orange juice: Rich in potassium, phosphorus, and calcium
With this arsenal of nutrient-dense ingredients, you can be sure to nourish yourself with a smoothie.