Silicon for Hair, Skin and Nails…and More!

Silicon for Hair, Skin and Nails…and More!

healthy hair skin and nails silicon mineral

Silicon is a mineral most people don’t think about much…. so it’s good you’re reading this because silicon is super important for staying healthy! But it‘s not silican, silica or silicone…. those are different materials.

Silicon is the 2nd most abundant element on the earth… just behind oxygen and above aluminum.

Think of bones and joints… how many people have trouble with this? Osteoporosis, joint pain, tendonitis, loss of teeth….

The silicon mineral is critically important in the health of these tissues.

Then move to wrinkles, sagging skin, weak nails, thinning hair….. all signs of a lack of the mineral silicon.

And more! Silicon is found in the insides of blood vessels and especially the aorta. Silicon helps the vessel walls be both strong and flexible and pliable (not stiff and weak).

Silicon has an anti-inflammatory effect specifically for muscle aches and joint pain. It works by modulating these specific cytokines (cytokines are messengers of inflammation). 

And lastly, silicon helps improve the electrical potential of your cell membranes. Many things degrade cell membranes… and when that happens health declines. The source of health problems is often when the cell membrane is not intact and working properly. Silicon is an important player in getting the cell membrane back to good working condition.

How would someone get low tissue levels of silicon?

Silicon is found in whole grains, but when they are processed, much of the silicon is diminished. Aging decreases silicon levels… but a huge factor in low levels is aluminum toxicity.

sources of aluminum toxicityAluminum competes with silicon and gets deposited into your connective tissue, bone, and inside blood vessels… taking the place of silicon. So your tissues that should contain silicon… contain aluminum.

And we know high levels of aluminum are toxic… leading to neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s but others as well.

If you find you have high tissue levels of aluminum (by doing an effective test), silicon supplementation can help in 2 ways:

  1. Silicon decreases absorption of aluminum (we all get a daily intake of aluminum just from normal life)
  2. Silicon helps your kidneys increase excretion of aluminum.

How do I know if I need it?

Get your tissue levels measured. A blood test would not be accurate. Aluminum is in blood for only a short time before it moves into your organs, brain, and tissues….. so you won’t find it in a blood level unless you’ve had a big, recent exposure. 

It’s most accurate to test the levels found in your tissues. We use the OligoScan… a spectrophotometric measure of your tissue levels of silicon and 19 other minerals…. but also measures the tissue levels of 14 heavy metals including mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium, and more.

It would be highly beneficial to know if you have high levels of aluminum creating a deficiency in silicon. If yes, it would be useful to reduce your aluminum levels through detoxification in addition to supplementing with silicon.

This is an example where the shotgun approach to taking supplements is not useful. If your silicon levels are not low, you won’t get benefits from taking more. It’s a reason why many studies may not show a benefit to taking certain nutritional supplements. An example is chromium for diabetes. Studies are contradictory in terms of showing if chromium is beneficial or not. Yet none of the studies measured chromium levels. They just gave it to everyone… not knowing their levels ahead of supplementation. It stands to reason that taking chromium supplements if your level is normal will not give you an added benefit. The same is true for silicon and most all minerals.

What type of silicon supplement?

silicon supplementI recommend the product called “RegeneMax” by Xymogen. They assure their products are clean of heavy metals and contain what they claim to have in them. This is a stabilized silicon product (orthosilicic acid) that comes as capsules and liquid.

It’s most wise to get your levels tested so you know your silicon status before just supplementing (when you might not need it!). Minerals work best when they are present in the right levels. Testing will also give you the bigger picture. It’s best to look at all the heavy metals and minerals together and how they affect each other…. then come up with a plan to improve the levels.

I’m so glad to be able to offer the OligoScan test here in Minneapolis. I heard of the test when making plans for a visit to the Paracelsus Health Clinic in the Swiss Alps. David and I are going there for a 2 week stay the end of the summer. In addition to many healing and medical treatments (they are world known for treatment of end stage cancer and other very serious illnesses) they use the OligoScan to test for heavy metals and mineral status. It’s not widely used in the US and Studio TimeOut is the only place in Minnesota that has it.

Come take the opportunity to find out this useful information and get a detailed analysis of results and recommendations for what you can do to improve your mineral status and decrease your toxic heavy metals. 

Heavy metals are not on most people’s radar

Instead, many people are struggling with hormone imbalance, thyroid problems, depression, anxiety, menopause, sleep trouble, resistant weight loss, ADHD, autoimmune diseases, adrenal problems……. but they are not understanding that all those health issues are happening because of a greater problem… what we call “upstream”… such as heavy metal toxicity, infections people are not aware of, or mold or other chemical toxicities. Medical professionals are missing this…… and people are not getting to the root cause of their health problems.

The place to start is to get tested to see your heavy metal status…. and your mineral status. It doesn’t sound flashy… but it gets to the cause… then you can take action to fix it!

Come to our Saturday morning class to learn how heavy metals and minerals affect your health and how, if you ignore these 2, you can be completely missing the cause for your health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive trouble, and more. Learn the mechanism and how this trouble happens, and learn what you can do about it.

Go here to reserve your spot in the class (it’s 8:45am on Saturday mornings)

For more info about the OligoScan test, go to our website for more details.

 

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OligoScan for Heavy Metal Testing

OligoScan for Heavy Metal Testing

Exciting announcement that we are now able to measure tissue levels of heavy metals! It’s a machine called the OligoScan and it was developed in France and is used throughout the world. We are the only place offering it in Minnesota.

heavy metal toxicityWhat are Heavy Metals?

The OligoScan measures 14 different heavy metals: Aluminum, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel, lead, and more. Our bodies can hold a certain amount of heavy metals but they create health problems when they build up to high levels.

What Health Problems?

Autoimmunity, mood and hormone problems, thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, resistant weight loss, tinnitis, parasite overload, candida and yeast overgrowth, digestive problems, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADD/ADHD, autism, lack of energy, and much more.

Heavy metal toxicity is almost never considered when people go to a health provider for help with the above issues… yet it is often the upstream cause. It can work temporarily to give thyroid medication, or adrenal supplements, or do gut healing…… but people often find their issue does not completely resolve until they get to the ultimate cause.

Why Test?

It’s helpful to know if heavy metals are an issue for you or not… and the only way to know is to measure them. The available heavy metal testing has mainly consisted of serum levels, urine levels, and hair analysis. To get an accurate picture you must do all 3. Serum measures recent exposure. After a few days the metals migrate into your tissues and are no longer detected in your blood. Hair will show excretion of metals in the last 3 months… and urine shows what you are excreting following a challenge test.

The OligoScan measures tissue heavy metal status using spectrophotometry. No blood draws, no cutting hair, and no waiting weeks for results. It’s the metals in your tissues that give an accurate picture of your overall heavy metal status.

Then What?

Once you know which metals are excessive (if any), you can get to work on doing the appropriate detoxification. We have a class Saturday mornings (free class) where you can learn more about heavy metals and toxicity. You’ll learn why it’s important to detoxify at the cell level…… and not stop at doing only a colon cleanse, or liver cleanse… or juice cleanse. Not that those are bad… it’s just that they don’t reach far enough into the cellular level to remove the toxins. If you have high levels of mercury or lead (or something else) you need to work more effectively than a short 2-3 week cleanse to significantly reduce your heavy metal load.

And you want to do it safely…. right?

2 Invitations For You

  1. Get your heavy metals tested with the OligoScan. OligoScan pricing is normally $225. Get the blog special at $99/scan until June 30 2018. You can purchase the scan here and use promo code “99scan” to get the $99 special rate. Once purchased, a staff member will contact you to schedule your test.
  2. Come learn more at the Intro to True Cellular Detox class on Saturdays at 9am. No charge. Just a chance to learn more about heavy metals (and other toxins) and how they might be affecting you… and what you can do about it.

Why would we do this?

heavy metal toxicity testing oligoscanThe world is changing rapidly in multiple ways. So much progress with technology that’s opened our communication and opportunities for learning and growth. But at the same time, too many toxins are being dumped into our air, water, food, soil, building materials, furniture, and more. People are getting more chronic health conditions that are straining our medical system and making it impossible to have a happy, productive, engaging, and fun life.

It used to be that we could rely on our body’s already present detoxification systems. But our bodies are now overloaded and unable to keep up. Lucky for us, we have technology to help us get rid of excess toxins and allow our bodies to heal themselves. We may not have this chance in the future… but we have it now.

 

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