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Got Your Everyday Minerals?

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How do you know if you're getting enough everyday minerals, especially trace minerals?  We're not talking about the big guys like calcium and iron.

We're talking about the little guys, called trace minerals. Chromium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc, just to name a few.

These forgotten everyday minerals are vital to your health.

One of the major problems with modern agricultural methods is that it depletes foods of trace minerals. 

In addition, the most mineral-rich portions of plant and animal foods are discarded in most kitchens.

As a result, few people obtain the trace minerals they need to keep teeth, bones, hair, skin, etc. healthy.

An instructor of mine, Steven Horne, developed a short questionnaire to help you determine if you might be mineral deficient.  I invite you to take the questionnaire below.


To find out if you might need a trace mineral supplement, check the answer that best applies to you for each of the following questions.

Then, score the total number of points for each answer at the bottom of the page.



How many fillings do you have?

  • None (15 points)
  • 1-5 fillings (5 points)
  • More than five fillings (0 points)

How many teeth have you lost? (Do not include teeth lost through a physical accident.)

  • I have all my teeth, including my wisdom teeth, and have no root canals. (15 points)
  • I have lost 1-3 teeth (include wisdom teeth) and/ or have at least one root canal. (5 points)
  • I have lost more than three teeth (include wisdom teeth) and/or have two or more root canals. (0 points)

Are your teeth crooked or did you require braces?

  • No (10 points)
  • Yes (0 points)

How often do you make and consume homemade stock by simmering bones and vegetables as a base for homemade soups?

  • I never make homemade stock (0 points)
  • I sometimes make homemade stock (5 points)
  • I make stock almost every week (10 points)

Do you have any problems with your skin, hair, fingernails, bones or joints such as (hair loss, skin disorders, brittle fingernails, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.)?

  • No (15 points)
  • Yes (0 points)

Total Your Points Here _____

Interpreting Your Results:

If you scored 45 or more, you’re doing great!

Score less than 45, you probably could benefit taking a trace mineral supplement.

If you scored less than 25, you're definitely your lacking in everyday minerals and need a trace mineral supplement.


Additional Resources

Minerals in Food

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