Magnesium

I have posted about this mineral before but it’s always worth a refresher on the topic.

Every evening in my after dinner ginger tea I add a serving of “Calm”, a powdered, unflavored magnesium supplement. The ginger tea is healthy in and of it’s self but adding a scoop of magnesium powder ups the nutritional quotient of my nightly elixir.

Magnesium is broken down in your body and used in a multitude of bodily functions. Many people are deficient in magnesium and don’t even know it. Studies show that almost every disease in the human body is related in some way to a magnesium deficiency. That’s hard to believe but magnesium affects so many functions in our bodies on a daily basis.

There are signs that you may be experiencing that lean towards a magnesium deficiency in your body. I will touch briefly on these symptoms. Maybe you can identify with one or more and the addition of a magnesium supplement could help you eliminate the symptom.

  1. Do you suffer from Migraines or even mild chronic headaches? Magnesium affects proper nerve function in the body. It also plays a role in the regulation of neurotransmitter production in the brain which would influence migraines and headaches. Regular consumption of magnesium supplementation decreases the frequency of headaches and the intensity.
  2. Many people suffer from muscle spasms also known as Charlie horse cramps where the leg muscles go into a tight flex which is painful. These cramps subside over time but why not add magnesium and avoid these cramps all together. My sweetie use to experience leg cramps after a round of golf where he had to walk a lot of hills. I finally convinced him to take a magnesium supplement every morning with his breakfast and his leg cramps have been pretty well eliminated. If he gets a cramp it’s rare now but I will give him a second supplement of magnesium and the tight flexing of muscles relaxes. Leg cramping is a common sign of magnesium deficiency so if you or someone you know is suffering from this uncomfortable condition, add some magnesium daily.
  3. Do you have sluggish digestion? Constipation is a common complaint. Adding magnesium to your daily regime helps to draw water into the bowels making it easier to eliminate. Magnesium also supports peristalsis which helps to improve your digestive process.
  4. As we age we tend to get more “brain fog”. If you have difficulty concentrating or are very forgetful it may be because you are deficient in magnesium. Mitochondria in our brains rely on magnesium for energy. If you are lacking this essential mineral then your brain will not be as sharp as it could be.
  5. A big one for me is fatigue. Magnesium is imperative for energy. Magnesium boosts adrenal health. Adrenal glands play a major role in energy production. Adding magnesium to your daily diet will improve your energy in a big way.
  6. The reason I take Magnesium after dinner is that it promotes relaxation. Magnesium is involved in the production of GABA which plays a role in the quality of your sleep. If you check the labels of any natural sleep aids you will probably see GABA on the ingredients list.
  7. Chronic aches and pains could be a sign that your magnesium levels are low. Without magnesium on board your nervous system becomes hyper increasing muscle tension leading to physical pain. If you are in a state of chronic stress eventually your body will ache. Magnesium will create a calming effect in the body and soothe and relax tension in your muscles and your mind.
  8. I use to have a rapid and irregular heart beat but since adding magnesium to my daily regimen things have returned to normal. Like other muscles, your heart depends heavily on magnesium for proper function.
  9. If you have neuropathy, which I tend to have from lack of walking on my feet, I would sometimes get tingling and ice cold hands and feet. Since adding magnesium nightly my feet are not nearly as uncomfortable.
  10. Are you moody? Magnesium deficiency contributes to irritability. Adding magnesium daily will help to regulate the chemicals in the brain that would cause anxiety, anger, moodiness and even mild depression.

Some ways to get magnesium into your diet instead of supplementation would be increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables, raw chocolate, avocados, grass fed dairy, nuts, Himalayan pink salt, coffee, wild fish, pumpkin seeds, sprouts, Swiss chard and spinach.

I eat a lot of those foods listed but I also supplement with Calm. It’s insurance for my body to make sure I am getting enough.

So if you are getting any of the symptoms listed above, and even if you aren’t….supplementing with magnesium is not going to hurt. Make it part of your daily regime.

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