Could a simple magnesium deficiency be undermining your efforts to stay healthy? Anytime I ever complained about a headache to my Dad, he would always tell me to take some Magnesium. I did, and it always worked. I rarely ever take over the counter headache medicine. Reading those warning label always prevented me from going that route.
Magnesium deficiency runs rampant in Americans and it leads to a multitude of health problems and can even contribute to early death. “In one long-term study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that the relative risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) was significantly lower in women with the highest amounts of magnesium. Each 0.25-mg/dL increment in plasma magnesium was associated with a 41 percent lower risk of SCD.” (mercola)
I started to study the link between sleep and health years ago. I believe that a your sleep will determine to a large degree how healthy or unhealthy you are. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, Magnesium is THE relaxation mineral, so if you are not sleeping well, one of the easiest and fastest treatments is to supplement with magnesium. He also suggests that magnesium deficiency can be linked to inflammation and can help weight loss when added to your daily regiment. (2)
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger says you can help end carbohydrate cravings with the proper magnesium levels. “Since poor insulin health is directly related to acute and repeated carbohydrate cravings, it isn’t surprising that sufficient magnesium supplementation can help end them.” (3) That would explain how correcting a magnesium deficiency could help someone lose weight. If you are a Trim Healthy Mama, try the recipe for Earth Milk!
ARE YOU DEFICIENT
Don’t think you have a magnesium deficiency? Think again. “By conservative standards of measurement 65% of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.” (4) Other reports say it is actually closer to 80% of the population due blood serum testing being inaccurate. (5) Another factor to consider when testing is that magnesium levels can change quickly depending on various factors such as stress levels, what you eat, your body’s needs and how well you are absorbing what you are taking. Each person has different needs depending upon diet, lifestyle and supplementation.
MOST OVERLOOKED SYMPTOMS IN MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
- weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- unexplained health problems
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO DEFICIENCY
You’ve heard it before, soil is not what it used to be. The soil that we farm in has been depleted over the years. In addition to soil depletion, there are several factors that can contribute to our deficiency. Pharmaceutical drugs are a huge factor. What we consume on a daily basis from caffeine to sugar and alcohol can deplete our stores of magnesium. Taking the wrong ratio of Calcium to Magnesium in supplement form can actually cause more harm than good, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, the ratio should be 1:1. (6)
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE DEFICIENT
According to clinical research, sublingual epithelial cell magnesium testing is the most accurate, painless way to check your levels. However, the easiest way to know is just to pay attention to your body! One of the ways I know when my magnesium might be low is that I start getting a muscle twitch, or sometimes if it’s bad, I get muscle cramps. When someone is deficient in magnesium, muscle-related issues such as cramping, twitching and facial tics to chronic insomnia start. Diarrhea can be a side effect of too much magnesium.
I take magnesium several ways. The easiest is by taking Epsom salt baths using Epsoak Epsom Salt. Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate that can absorb into your body through your skin (transdermal). I also keep a tub of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes for when I really want to wind down before bed. It’s as easy as adding some to your bathwater! I have also used Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil before, but I didn’t like the way it made my skin feel. The main reason I try to up my intake of magnesium transdermally is because I have inferior digestion. By using it on my skin I don’t have to rely on my digestive system to get the most out of a supplement. I recently started making Magnesium Body Butter from a recipe I found on another blog I follow.
I made several batches of this magnesium body butter to share with my friends and family at Christmas. It looks beautiful in little jars and I love to give a gift that contributes to better health! Watch my video review on the recipe by clicking this link.
I sometimes also supplement with a Magnesium glycinate supplement which is a chelated form of magnesium that is said to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability. My favorite brand is Pure Encapsulations. This is typically considered ideal for those who are trying to correct a deficiency. I usually take it orally when I have been super stressed and rushing through my days for weeks on end. In addition to supplementation I try to drink green juice when I have time to make it. Sometimes I will splurge and go to the Juice Bar! I also try adding a handful of greens to my smoothies. It’s especially important for athletes, very important for runners.
READ MORE ABOUT MAGNESIUM
You may not know that you can even make your own supplements at home! Try this Calcium-Magnesium Recipe which is super easy to make.
Good explanation of different types of magnesium by Dr. Axe.
Full special report by Katie, Wellness Mama, can be downloaded for free.
If you enjoy reading about health and nutrition:
Books By Dr. Mark Hyman
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