Magnesium is an important mineral that must be in the body, as you can die without it.
It is a good weapon against illness, however, many Americans are deficient in magnesium and have no idea that they are.
The Power of Magnesium and What It Can Do For You
Magnesium is great for stress relief and helps to improve sleep. Its very weird that it’s widely used in conventional medicine but people never stop to contemplate how important it is to our health and its benefit to body function.
I used intravenous magnesium in the ER as it was helpful in life-threatening issues such as arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), intravenous magnesium was used. If a patient felt constipated or needed to be ready for a colonoscopy, milk of magnesia or liquid magnesium citrate, which helps to clean out the bowels.
Pregnant women in pre-labor, or coming in with high blood pressure, even with seizures, were given high levels of magnesium consistently. You actually do not need to go to a hospital to feel the effects of magnesium. Taking magnesium supplements each day will show you results.
The Relaxation Mineral
Magnesium is a relaxant. If any part of your body feels irritable, tight, stiff, and cramped—is a sign of a deficiency in magnesium.
This relaxing mineral is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and found in all body tissue. It’s mostly found within your brain, bones, and muscles. In order for cells to take in energy, they must have magnesium as it helps for many chemicals to work, and stabilize membranes in order to relax stiff muscles.
Magnesium comes mostly from nuts, seaweed, greens, and beans. Mostly, Americans gain their daily consumption of nuts through peanut butter. With magnesium found in little foods, it expands the list of health effects from a deficiency in the mineral. Because it isn’t some pharmaceutical drug, it becomes widely ignored by people even though it is extremely useful.
That’s exactly the reason why hospitals utilize magnesium for emergencies and life-threatening problems such as heart failure and seizures.
You are considered deficient in magnesium if you have any of these symptoms (source):
- Sensitivity to loud noises
- Muscle twitches or cramps
- Anal spasms
- Chronic fatigue
- Kidney stones
- High blood pressure
- Menstrual cramps
- Irritable bladder
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Trouble swallowing
Having a deficiency in magnesium is linked to body inflammation and high CRP levels. In todays society, magnesium deficiency is a massive issue. 65 percent of those admitted to intensive care, and about 15 percent of the country have a magnesium deficiency.
Many are deficient in this mineral because no one eats magnesium-rich foods within their diet. Many choose to eat processed, refined foods that is made primarily of meat, white flour, and dairy. You lose magnesium when you drink coffee, soda and alcohol. Constantly sweating can do so, as well as, consistent stress, excessive menstruation, diuretics, intestinal parasites, antibiotics, and some drugs. In Kosovo, a study was conducted to test people under war stress, and they found that they lost magnesium through urine.
It makes things complicated as magnesium is not absorbed well and is lost from our bodies so easily. In order to take in magnesium, you will need lots of it, with vitamin B6, selenium and vitamin D.
Recently, a scientific review on magnesium found that,“It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.”
Magnesium deficiency is very easy to fix, but hard to measure and study. If you do have any of the symptoms above that I mentioned or have a disease I added, then no worries! Here’s how you can reverse the deficiency.
Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium
• Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
• Learn how to practice active relaxation
• Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)
Eat Foods High in Magnesium
Include the following in your diet as often as you can:
Almonds, wheat bran, wheat germ, dates, kelp, cashews, buckwheat, barley, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, garlic, walnuts, tofu, rye, soy beans, brown rice, figs, collard greens, avocado, shrimp, pecans, beans, parsley, dandelion greens, and millet.
Take Magnesium Supplements
• The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most people consume less than 200 mg of the essential mineral.
• Some may need a higher dose depending on their health condition.
• Most individuals benefit off of 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
• The most easily absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
• Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
• Most minerals are best when taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
• Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is the best way to take in magnesium.
Side effects from excessive magnesium are diarrhea, which is easily avoidable if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
Those who have severe heart disease or kidney disease should consume magnesium daily under the direct supervision of their physician. If you have any of those above symptoms, consume magnesium for better health.
This article was originally published by Natural Blaze