Posted on May 25, 2016
Trace Minerals Help Regulate Our Body
Trace minerals are measured using tests that check the concentration of certain minerals in urine, blood, body tissue or other body fluids. Trace minerals are a substances that the human body needs in small amounts and on a regular basis to regulate normal body function. Trace minerals are generally absorbed from a person’s diet and are used to generate hormones and enzymes in the body.
They also aid in glucose regulation and formation of teeth, bones, muscles, red blood cells and connective tissues. Trace minerals also facilitate metabolism of fats, protein, and carbohydrates, enhance healing of wounds and are important for transportation of oxygen to all parts of the body. Trace minerals are micronutrient subsets and include chromium, fluoride, copper, iron, iodine, molybdenum, manganese, zinc and selenium.
When We Test for Trace Minerals
Generally, trace mineral tests are ordered individually to evaluate, detect and monitor mineral excesses or deficiencies. Health care providers may recommend one or more tests depending on a patient’s symptoms or underlying conditions.
In situations where a patient has a condition relating to mal-absorption or is malnourished, a Doctor may recommend a number of trace mineral tests at initial stages of evaluation then recommend one or multiple tests periodically in order to monitor the patient’s nutritional status as well as effectiveness of treatment.
In the event that a patient has an genetic condition that causes excess concentration of a specific mineral or has had exposure to toxic concentration, a trace mineral test may be recommended to aid in detecting and diagnosing the condition.
Trace Mineral Testing Equipment
Measuring a gram of table salt is easy and can be done with the naked eye, a pinch of your fingers, or teaspoon.
This is different when one is attempting to measure minerals contained in a substance (liquid). When we are measuring a mineral contained within a substance we do this by using a machine that measures the rate of light that is absorbed through that specific substance.
A common device that is used to measure trace minerals is very similar to the Pulse Oximeter, a small device that is placed on the figure and measures the level of oxygen in the blood. But still even with this machine we are still unable to measure the smaller trace minerals.
The next level up and the best device for measuring trace minerals however, is the ICPms measuring device, a technology that was introduced into the market in the 80’s. This device cost less than $200,000 and consumes less than $500 worth of argon gas. The ICP makes it possible to measure the tinniest amounts of trace minerals found in any substance. Its invention made it possible to measure trace minerals in animals and plants, something that had been overlooked for a long time.
Using the ICPms measuring device, we have been able to measure the Trace Mineral content in Drops of Balance, a mineral concentrate that cleans drinking water and adds sulfated minerals to the water. The results for this test are presented in the table below:
Apart from iron (blood) tests, trace mineral tests are not recommended frequently or even routinely. They are only recommended when there are suspected cases of mineral excesses or deficiencies as a result of a patient’s symptoms or signs. Trace mineral deficiencies can lead to a wide range of symptoms depending on the minerals that are lacking. Symptoms of deficiencies include anemia, goiter, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle weakness.
In children, mineral deficiencies can lead to delayed growth, congenital abnormalities and affect their sexual maturing and mental development. Chronic and acute excesses of trace minerals may cause symptoms related to toxicity that range from mild to severe. These can cause hair loss, skin pigmentation or rash, seizures, peripheral neuropathy and in very severe cases, liver or kidney failure, coma, shock or increased risk to lung cancer.
Interpretation of Trace Mineral Results
Generally, low mineral concentrations are indicators of deficiency, while high mineral concentrations are indicators of excesses. Effective treatment of trace mineral deficiencies should reflect rising levels of the deficient mineral and a reduction of deficiency symptoms. On the other hand, successful treatment of mineral toxicity should reflect a declining level of the excess mineral and a corresponding decline of toxicity symptoms.
However, results of a trace mineral test should be interpreted with a degree of caution. Some treatments of excess mineral levels may increase concentration of minerals in urine and blood samples temporarily. Minerals such as zinc and copper may be increased by inflammation, infection, pregnancy or certain conditions or diseases temporarily. Health care doctors tend to interpret test results in relation to a patient’s clinical history and symptoms.
Collection of Test Samples
Ordinarily, trace mineral tests are performed on blood samples. Blood is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in a patient’s arm. In some situations, a 24 hour urine sample is collected using special metal-free blood containers or acid washed urine containers to reduce potential contamination of samples from external sources. Urine and blood samples are best when it comes to reflecting recent mineral intakes. On very rare cases is hair collected or biopsy performed to obtain tissue samples for evaluation of mineral excesses, deficiencies and storage. In some mineral tests, patients are required to prepare in order to ensure that samples obtained for testing are of high quality. Patients may be advised to fast in some tests. It is advisable to discuss this with a health care provider to for best test outcomes.
Making tap water safe with Drops of Balance
With Drops of Balance mineral solution, tap water may be cleaned and made safe for consumption. Drops of Balance is a mineral concentrate that uses a sedimentation process to rid tap water of dissolved chemicals, metals and microbes. This water purifying solution works by dissolving invisible metals and toxins into visible insoluble particles. This makes the particulates heavier than the water causing them to sink and collect at the floor of the container. Drops of Balance does more than just clean water; it restores minerals to our drinking water. This easy solution improves the quality of drinking water by replacing minerals that our tap water loses during treatment processes in addition to other factors affecting our water sources.. Drops of Balance contains ionic sulfate minerals that are healthy to the body including but not limited tomagnesium, potassium, zinc and iron.
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