Other than blood, urine, hair tests, are there simple, at home mineral sufficiency tests that can be done at home?
For example, the Lugol's Iodine patch test can be done by painting a 1" or 3" square on skin and looking at how quickly it's absorbed, and if it's less than 24H, you're deficient.
A zinc challenge test can be done by tasting a zinc solution - if it tastes metallic or repulsive you've had enough zinc, and if not you need more.
Are there similar tests that can be done for magnesium, copper, potassium, selenium, manganese, molybdenum, boron, lithium, etc. other than the two I'm aware of?
The obvious thing is to get a ready supply of all of them from something like liquid minerals, supplements, and of course food sources when available, but not all of those are absorbable by everyone.
So how do you tell when you're deficient, have had too much, or are sufficient without spending a fortune on lab tests every few months?
asked byraydawg (19413)
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