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Selenium is a life saver!  This antioxidant rich, trace element that is absolutely imperative for our health  is a mineral found in soil.  It does naturally occur in many foods and is an addition to many others. 

Selenium deficiency is not something we see much of in our North American society, thank goodness, but it is possible.  A few signs of deficiency are hypothyroid, reproductive issues such as miscarriage, and fatigue affecting both mental and physical energy.

How do we avoid these problems and continue on our path to optimum health?  No need to Google or guess, beautiful people, I will tell you...by eating a diet rich in nutrient dense foods.  Brazil nuts (so picturesque in the photo above!), seafood, and organ meats are all chock full of wonderful selenium.  Other sources include: fish, pork, poultry, cereals, grains, walnuts, muscle meats, and sardines.

If food is not your forte or you just can't seem to get enough selenium in your diet, supplementation is another option.  Selenium is easy to find at your local health food stores or on-line.  The former is always a nice choice if you have questions that can be presented and, hopefully, answered by an educated employee or owner of the shop.

Your body will thank you, day in and day out, for an adequate amount of selenium.  According to www.nih.gov, this necessary mineral is responsible for playing a role in "reproduction, thyroid hormonal metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protects from oxidative damage and infection."

One interesting fact to keep in mind, as well, is that our food is only as healthy as the soil it is grown in.  Selenium is the perfect example.  Many moons ago, our soil was rich in selenium.  Nowadays, not so much thanks to industrial farming.  So if you can, buy organic, or even better, grow yourself a little garden or a big one, if possible.  Grow organically without the use of chemicals and pesticides.  Additionally, treat your soil like the gold that it is worth and amend with good manure to keep it rich, fertile, and abundantly brimming with nutrients.  Healthy soil=healthy food=healthy YOU! 

                                                                                                                        Wishing you all the best of health and happiness,

                                                                                                                                                                     Stacy xoxo 


 





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