The Relaxation Mineral
Magnesium Mineral? Could you use a little more relaxation in your life? I know I sure could. The good news is magnesium can help! Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff, whether it is a body part or an even a mood, could be a sign of magnesium deficiency.
This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions in your body and is found in all of your tissues, but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. It is essential for your cells to produce energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help your muscles relax.
That is why the list of conditions that are related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency including:
- Depression & anxiety,
- Headaches & migraines
- Menstrual cramping
- Increased risk of osteoporosis & bone fractures
- Muscle weakness
- Asthma, and
- Heart arrhythmia.
So why are we so deficient? It is simple; The standard American diet contains practically no magnesium. Many of us were raised on, and still live on, a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium). Over 80% of people are deficient in Magnesium.
Plus, much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do get in our diet. Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in soda, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other medications, and some intestinal parasites. Any of this sound like you?
When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, and greens? Other foods foods rich in magnesium include:
- Nuts & Seeds like almonds, cashews, & pumpkin seeds
- Fatty Fish like wild salmon, mackerel, & halibut
- Leafy Greens like kale & spinach
- And my personal favorite, Dark Chocolate!
Make sure to include some of these foods into your diet along with about 300mg a day of a Magnesium supplement. In our practice we carry Magnesium Buffered Chelate made by Designs for Health. This form of magnesium is one of the best absorbed forms of magnesium and is specifically designed to be easy on the stomach.
You can learn more about it at our online supplement store. Just click on the image.
We will have samples in the practice all this week. Stop by and try it out.