Minerals for muscles a Eureka Chiropractor in Eureka
One of the most common secondary conditions I will see in the office is muscular complaints. General stiffness, achiness, tight, sore, weak and cramping is what I mostly hear from these individuals. Some people try to stretch, use ice or heat, take muscle relaxers to relieve the muscle pain. The most common thing tried by people is to supplement their bodies with minerals that they believe will help with muscle discomfort. If we are having muscle issues that means that they are not functioning properly. Here are the top four minerals muscles need to function.
- Calcium- When this mineral is talked about it is mainly due to its function in bone health. Muscle use calcium to contract, or move. During exercise, if your muscular calcium runs low, you may experience fatigue.
- Magnesium- This mineral is a natural calcium blocker, helping your muscle relaxes after contracting. When magnesium levels are low, your muscles may contract too much and cause symptoms such as cramps or muscle spasms.
- Potassium- Its role in transmitting electrical impulses gives potassium an important role in muscle contractions. A low potassium level inhibits muscle relaxation, causing rigid muscles that lead to tension and impaired function. Common symptoms of a potassium deficiency include muscle weakness and spasms, and if left untreated, potassium deficiency can cause the breakdown of muscle tissue.
- Sodium- Sodium is essential to your muscles and controls your body’s fluid balance and nerve impulses.
These are the main players when it comes to what the muscles need to function correctly. I should point out that more important than the levels of these minerals in your body is the ratio between them. All organs, including muscles, run on minerals and they will have specific ratios between them. If the ratio is off then the organ or organ systems will not function properly. So before you run to the store and start popping minerals you really should have their levels and ratios analyzed. What was just described is called Specific Nutrition.
One of the best ways of doing this is with a hair analysis. A hair analysis is more accurate indicator of the overall metabolic trends in the body than a blood analysis. This is because the blood is a transportation medium. It is the highway system of the body. The components of your blood must remain fairly stable at all times. Acidity, alkalinity, levels of certain nutrients all must remain in fairly tight levels. For example, if you have adequate levels of calcium in the blood it doesn’t necessarily mean all is good. It could mean that your body is robbing calcium from the bones to make the body more alkaline or rushing the calcium to a major organ. Minerals are eventually stored in tissues until they are needed. A hair test will show the actual mineral status of your tissues. A blood test could miss it.
One last thing to mention, no matter which mineral you ingest your body must properly absorb breakdown and process the mineral. This action is controlled and coordinated by the nerve system. If your nerve system is obstructed in any way you will only be absorbing and processing a fraction of what you need. It also goes to mention that it is the nerve system that controls muscle function.
Proper nerve function and Specific Nutrition will provide your muscles all they need for proper function. For more information contact Maximum Chiropractic in Eureka today!
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