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Is Your Heart Getting Enough of
These Three Minerals to be Healthy?
Your heart simply can't function without these 3 essential minerals, so be
sure you're getting enough...
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You might think that minerals are so commonplace that they're not important
to think about. But, you just might be wrong, especially when it comes to that all-important organ in your
body - your heart!
Of course, hearts need more nutrients than just these
three minerals, but that said, without any of these three, or even without sufficient quantity of any of them,
hearts don't merely malfunction, they quit working entirely! Which is why it's worth paying attention so you
know your heart has enough.
Here they are, and in no particular
1. Calcium Simply put, in the
most basic sense, your heart is a muscle. Granted, its fibers are a different kind than ones in your arm,
say, or leg, which are skeletal muscle. In your heart, they are smooth muscle fibers (your intestinal tract
has them too).
These differ from arm muscles in that they contract and
relax automatically, rather than requiring your conscious participation. But just like the muscles under your
voluntary control, they require calcium to contract. Insufficient calcium? Your heart can't
contract. And heart contraction is what pushes that huge volume of blood around to everyplace in your body,
especially your brain!
If you feel nervous and just can't calm down (as if you
have ADHD) , if you experience muscle cramps, or if your nails are brittle and ridged, you may be low in
2. Magnesium. Given sufficient
calcium, your heart muscle will contract. However, it then needs to relax before it contracts again.
During the contraction phase (driven by calcium) your heart pushed a huge volume of blood around your entire
circulatory system. Now it needs to relax and refill itself with new blood. To do that requires
sufficient magnesium. In other words, it needs calcium to contract and magnesium to relax and
Insufficient magnesium is one of the major reasons women
in particular have heart attacks, and is why many emergency responders have a standing order to institute a
magnesium IV when responding to a woman having a heart attack.
Three signs your body needs more magnesium are:
constipation, craving chocolate and tight shoulder muscles, so that you always have to remind yourself to relax
3. Iodine. So if calcium is
required so your heart can contract, and magnesium is required so it can relax and refill, then what is needed in
terms of minerals to keep it beating? In short, iodine. You may have thought iodine is needed by your
thyroid, and you would be correct. However, the beating of your heart is controlled by your
If your heart tends to start racing like a runaway
horse, consider supplementing with iodine (unless you're allergic!) If you're not allergic to iodine and
want to test yourself to find out if you need it, get some liquid iodine, the kind you paint on your skin as
a topical antiseptic (not the colorless kind). Paint a 2 inch square on your skin, notice the color and see how
fast it disappears. It should stay the same color 24 hours later. The faster it disappeared, the more
your body needed iodine.
Pay attention to getting enough of these
three minerals, and you will be doing a huge favor to your heart - and your life!
Pamela Levin, R.N., T.S.T.A
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