Copper can keep your weight in check

If you’ve been reading my e-Tips for a while now, you know that I frequently talk about the heavy metals that are toxic to your body.

You can get them from the water you drink and the food you eat – and once they’ve gotten into your body, the only way to rid yourself of them is to force them out (like with chelation therapy).

But what if I told you that there’s a metal that’s downright essential to your overall health?

And it’s easy to get all that you need… just by eating the right kinds of delicious, nutritious foods.

We’ve known for some time that copper helps form red blood cells, supports your immune system, and keeps your bones healthy.

But now, researchers have discovered that it can also help you win the war against a growing waistline.

When fat molecules build up in fat cells and aren’t utilized for energy, your body gets… well, fat.

And now a new study on mice shows how this essential mineral moves fat molecules out of your fat cells so your body can burn them.

And according to the study’s lead author, UC Berkeley’s Christopher Chang, “The more copper there is, the more the fat is broken down.”

Copper is what’s called a “trace” mineral, so although you need it, you don’t need a lot of it. In fact, your recommended daily intake of copper is less than 1mg.

Still, many people aren’t even getting that much. And what’s on the line here isn’t just your waist – because too little copper can also lead to osteoporosis and anaemia.

Your body can’t make its own, so you’ve got to ingest it – but you should be able to get all you need just by eating copper-rich (and Paleo-friendly) foods like oysters, shellfish, beans, nuts, dark leafy greens, prunes, and even black pepper.

Copper, however, is one metal you really don’t want to go overboard on. So don’t reach for copper supplements unless they’ve been explicitly recommended by your doctor – because too much of it can be poisonous.

Excessive amounts of this trace mineral have been linked to hepatitis, kidney problems, brain damage, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

A holistic doctor can test your levels of both toxic metals and essential trace minerals… and make sure you’re getting just the right balance of the ones you need… and not too much of the ones you don’t.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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