Ah the miracle that is the mineral, magnesium! Could you have magnesium deficiency? Ever have muscle cramps? Take magnesium. Headache? Magnesium. Menstrual cramps? Magnesium. Anxiety? Magnesium. Trouble falling asleep? Magnesium. If I sound like a broken record you would be absolutely correct. No, this is NOT an infomercial but this is a chance for me to educate you on my FAVORITE of all the minerals. Are you ready? Great, let’s begin.
I will be breaking this up into a few parts that way it is not super overwhelming and so that I can selfishly give you ALL the details on my favorite mineral. Check back next week for a follow up on magnesium and *hint*hint* a giveaway from one of my favorite brands Natural Calm Magnesium.
If you know me then you know how much I LOVE magnesium. So much so that for a while there I had some sample magnesium oil bottles in my purse to hand out to friends who complained of muscle aches, muscle twitches, anxiety, sleeplessness, restless legs and more. I do feel like a broken record because everytime someone comes to me with a nutrition problem I say “well magnesium might help.”
Let’s get acquainted, shall we?
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is a natural and essential mineral that is found in the Earth’s soil. That’s what natural means. It can be manufactured in a factory (more on that later) but we can acquire magnesium from real food that grows off of and feeds off of the land, pretty fancy huh?
This mineral comes from the soil and is found in your fruits, vegetables and animals BUT did you know that our soil is becoming more deplete each year? Unfortunately recent studies show that our soil is fast declining in minerals, magnesium being a big one, due to industrial agriculture. So our food supply is now becoming weaker and weaker on the magnesium front, not to mention our “SAD” (standard american diet) is deplete of real foods so we are not helping ourselves out at all. Major bummer.
Why is Magnesium important?
The real question is why ISN’T it important. This mineral is your friend. Seriously. In hospitals, magnesium is given intravenously upon arrival to many patients especially those that are suffering a cardiac event or arrest. Magnesium is found in the largest quantities in the body in the BRAIN and the HEART. If you weren’t convinced before that magnesium is important, how are you feeling now?
Magnesium is needed for over 300 chemical and enzymatic processes and reactions in the body, yes I typed that right, 300+. Magnesium helps both nerves and muscles function properly. Which would make sense that it’s found in the brain (hello nerves) and heart (hello big muscle). It also can help neutralize stomach acid, lower inflammation, aid in blood sugar control, allow for more energy production, and is known as a natural calming agent. To top it off, magnesium can help with sleep which many Americans struggle with.
Unfortunately sugar, alcohol, stress and more can deplete you of magnesium so even if you are eating foods high in magnesium (see my post next week) and/or supplementing you may be fighting an uphill battle. Also, I’m sorry ladies but our monthly cycle (as well as birth control) can deplete us of our magnesium. If you are taking any prescription drugs, you too may be depleting your magnesium faster than you can replace it. Certainly contact your doctor before changing your routine but now you know.
7 Signs of Magnesium deficiency
Many people tell me that there is no way they are deficient in their magnesium since they just got bloodwork done and their labs came back normal. Your body MUST have a normal level of magnesium in your blood to survive. If it was not there you would be experiencing life threatening conditions, so the body knows best. However, while your blood may be having a grand ‘ol time with magnesium your muscles, brain, heart, bones, digestive system and more are deplete and deficient.
- Anxiety/ Panic Attacks/Depression
- Bowel Issues (mainly constipation)
- Heart Disease/Hypertension
- Insomnia/trouble sleeping
- Muscle cramps, pain, twitches
- PMS/Menstrual Cramps
…and more including: Raynaud’s, reflux, blood clots, asthma, osteoporosis, tooth decay, etc.
Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of this Magnesium series where you’ll find out where to find magnesium, how much you should consume daily and a how-to on supplementation. AND don’t forget to tune in for a giveaway that I have partnered up with Natural Vitality to give to you! For now, check out Natural Vitality’s ebook: The Calmful Holidays Ebook (it’s free!) and enjoy the “calmfulness”!
The Magnesium Miracle, by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., Ballantine Books, 2007.
Magnificent Magnesium: The Neglected Mineral We Cannot Live Without http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/magnificent-magnesium/
Natural Vitality http://naturalvitality.com