Does a copper imbalance really make me feel this way? Is it all in my head? What can I do to make myself feel better? Just keep reading…
Many adjustments you can make in your life, can have a profound effect in minimising your copper related symptoms. Avoiding the primary sources of copper from foods and the environment is always a great start. Limiting your exposure will make you feel so much better if you have high levels or increasing them if your levels are very low. So, if you are not sure what your levels are, but suspect you have an issue with copper – you need to get it checked!
Also did you know that Copper and Zinc have to compete for the same receptors in the cell membranes? To be absorbed in the gut, processed in the liver, and transferred into cells. Too much copper is like an actual metabolic road block, referred to as a Copper Zinc Blockade.
Copper toxicity symptoms
- Adrenal exhaustion
- Loss of appetite
- Mild anaemia
- Thyroid disorders
- Potential liver toxicity
- Lowered zinc levels – leading to lowered immunity
- Low libido
- Vitamin C deficiencies
- Cravings for sweet or salty foods
- Lack of appetite
- Hair loss
Conversely, as a trace mineral copper is essential to many cellular functions from our nerves to our bones, and yes our thyroids! So many people buying a multivitamin over the counter without a check up may be doing themselves a favour… yet sadly many are not!
Like most things in life, it’s a question of too much of a good thing, and not enough moderation. Too little or too much of any mineral or Vitamin can be severely impacting. For women in particular when Estrogen levels peak monthly it increases copper storage, and the natural fall of estrogen promotes copper elimination. Common and regular exposure to xenoestrogens such as BPA can cause excessive copper storage over time. That’s not the only negative impact of BPA but when you review the following and above symptoms we start to understand exactly how many may be suffering copper related poor health due to high or low estrogen. Find out more about balancing natural hormones here, FREE online video or books are now available.
Copper deficiency symptoms
- Bone spurs
- Parasitic infections
- Cardiovascular disease
- Infertility, miscarriages
- Fungal infections
Sources of dietary copper:
- Nuts, seeds
- Unfiltered tap water from copper piping, read more about water filters here
Other sources of copper:
These are less common. They include using copper cookware, and copper exposure from dental materials, vitamin pills, jewellery, drinking water, fungicide and pesticide residues on food, chlorine, copper intra-uterine devices and birth control pills. Plumbers and a few other occupations such as electricians may be exposed to copper. Hot tubs and pools may increase hair copper levels. Copper is used to sanitize pools and some hot tubs, and can increase hair copper, at times. Hot tubs and pools are also breeding grounds for so many micro-organisms that are not killed by the chemicals that we don’t recommend either for optimum health.
**In order to check your copper levels we recommend that you book in for a heavy metal screening that can be undertaken in any of our clinics nationwide. Our Oligoscan machines also test for mineral imbalances. This is a very comprehensive test that calculates exactly what metals/minerals your body may be reacting to. Chelating or removing these metals from your body can improve your overall health and leave you feeling even better than before!
“Copper can be the root of all evil. Don’t let it play havoc in your life”
Dip of Applied Science (Naturopathy), Southern School of Natural TherapiesChristine gained her qualifications as a naturopath over 20 years ago and over this time has developed a love and passion for hormone management. Having specialized in children’s health, mental health issues and hormonal imbalances for a number of years, Christine is aware of the importance of good nutrition and supportive natural medicines to help achieve optimal health. Naturopathy has so much to offer, especially with thyroid conditions that can be vastly improved through better nutrition and using an integrated approach to improve overall well being. Her lifelong dedication has always been about educating people to live healthier and happier lifestyles.SShe has experienced firsthand the importance of good sound advice and knowledge for patients. In her retail consulting experience, so often people of the public are so misguided or mislead with information they have read or what they thought someone had told them: “Focusing on individualized treatment plans, is the key step to unlocking the burden of unwanted/ troublesome symptoms.”