Magnesium & Benefits
If you could think clearer, have more energy, increase your metabolism, reduce muscle spasms, and rid yourself of migraine headaches, would you rub oil or lotion on your arm once a day?
Of course! (Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I don’t play one on TV, and all suggestions are based on personal research. Talk to a qualified doctor for actual medical advice.)
Now back to what we were talking about…. feeling great again! A vital compound that most people are woefully lacking (nearly 65% of all Americans and 75% of persons over the age of 70) is Magnesium. Here’s why it is important:
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. It is also involved in the role of preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
And here is why most people are deficient:
- Poor soil – over processed and non-restored soil leaves food without this needed element. Even if we think we are eating vegetables and nuts, the amount of magnesium is much lower than in past years.
- High stress – bodies under stress pull magnesium for energy and strength. Too much stress leads to depleted magnesium.
- Calcium and magnesium must be in balance in the body at all times, or it will make matters worse. So popping calcium pills might actually be making your magnesium levels worse. High calcium levels reduce magnesium in the body, and low calcium causes magnesium to be pulled out of storage from your bones, thus weakening them.
- Excess phosphate. (Hint: Meat and sodas are a prime source of phosphate.)
- Excess sodium and potassium.
- Consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine.
- High carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, demand more Vitamin B6 and magnesium from the body, and even interfere with magnesium absorption.
- GERD medications – these drugs are meant to reduce the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is essential for magnesium absorption.
What to do about it:
Try to maintain foods rich in magnesium in your diet which may include grass-fed yogurt, sweet potatoes, tomato paste, bananas, nuts, artichokes, beans, and halibut. And also…supplement.
Unfortunately, oral magnesium supplements don’t get absorbed well. However, magnesium oil rubbed into the skin is significantly more absorbable and usable. It can start to irritate or cause the skin to itch at times, so choose oils wisely. There are lotions and sprays that are easier on the skin, like Mo’ Maggie Magnesium Lotion, easily found on Amazon.
It may seem simple, but the impact is huge. A close family member was even able to reduce debilitating migraines by 80% and significantly clear brain fog just by adding this supplement alone. It’s worth it…and your body with thank you!