TMJ? Grinding your teeth? Try minerals!

Did you know that taking minerals not only keeps you healthy, it can eliminate pain?
When it comes to holistic nutrition, vitamins and water definitely steal the limelight.  As a result, minerals don’t often get their due.  And when it comes to good health, these nutrients are essential.

One of the best sources of information for the relationship between mineral deficiencies and potential health issues is The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean.  Another excellent source is The Prescription For Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch.

Minerals, and calcium and magnesium in particular, help us deal with stress.  A deficiency in these minerals can leave us with stress-related syndromes that result in pain.

Grinding your teeth at night (bruxism)?  Often a sign of calcium deficiency.

TMJ?  For a natural therapy, try potassium magnesium aspartate.

Back and neck pain?  Try taking magnesium.

Iron and calcium cancel each other out, so do not take them at the same time.  Leave at least 2 hours between taking these supplements.  Although it’s understood that calcium and magnesium taken together make for better absorption, I’ve seen conflicting messages about the ratio.  Most formulas do the math for you, so I wouldn’t be overly concerned.

Some people become nauseated when taking calcium so it’s a good idea to take minerals with food.  If you’re going to have an iron rich meal, put off taking the minerals for 1 – 2 hours.

Holistically speaking, although mineral deficiencies can result in symptoms, don’t forget the role stress plays.  17 years ago I began suffering painful TMJ symptoms.  A week before I was going to begin treatment, I quit a stressful job.  The next morning, all my symptoms were gone.

Ten years later, during a stressful time, I began to experience pain from clenching my teeth at night.  A holistic health practitioner told me about potassium magnesium aspartate.  Within a week, all my symptoms were gone and have never returned.

In addition to managing stress, consider adding a mineral supplement to your diet.  Minerals are truly miraculous when helping to keep us healthy and should not be overlooked.


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