Well known among its devotees as natures relaxation mineral. And it truly is!
This mineral was the first nutrient I felt really confident and in prescribing in my practice as I saw it having such incredible results (think cancelled heart by pass!!)
It is also very clear to see when someone is deficient, and is one of the least toxic or problematic supplements if you take too much, in fact an excess may even do you a favour if you are suffering with constipation.
Depletion of the nutrients in the soil, stress, alcohol, medication, antibiotics, caffeine, sugar and junk food all the deplete the body of magnesium.
Below are 6 signs and symptoms that indicate that your body is crying out for more magnesium.
My guess is you can relate to at least 1 of these…?
1) Tiredness & Fatigue
Magnesium is the center piece of ATP – the energy molecules of your body! It is also an essential co factor in over 100 enzymatic reaction involved in energy production.
2) Muscle tension – pain, cramp, ticks, twitches, spasms or tremors
Magnesium and calcium also work together in regulating nerve impulses to the muscles. They are also involved in contraction and relaxation of muscles. While calcium is required for muscles to contract, Magnesium is essential for the muscle to relax. You know those annoying little eye tremors you get when your stressed or tired? Next time, think Magnesium!
Magnesium is a wonderful pain reliever too and has been shown to improve certain pain related conditions including fibromyalgia, migraines, tension headaches as well as general muscular aches and pains.
3) Stress – anxiety – depression
During stress the body uses up magnesium at a much faster rate. The adrenal glands kick in faster when magnesium is low. Magnesium required for the synthesis of stress hormones and these stress hormones increase the rate that magnesium is excreted via the kidneys. Here’s a common and compounding cycle – low magnesium – increased stress – increased magnesium loss – increased stress.
Magnesium helps to regulate the chemicals in the brain which play a role in anxiety and depression, with the positive effect of soothing and calming the nervous system.
Difficult falling asleep? Waking in the early hours? Many of my clients find that magnesium is the most effective solution for their sleep problems.
Magnesium is an essential to for the proper function of Gabba, our relaxatory neaurotransmitter.. ahhh lovely lovely Gabba! Gabba is calming. It slows us down, it helps the brain to switch off and stop those racing thoughts in the early hours.
5) High blood pressure – irregular heart beat – palpitations
The heart is a made up of incredibly powerful cardiac muscle, and much of the blood vessels are made up of muscle too. The cardiovascular system works tirelessly to pump blood around the body, but like any other muscle, it requires the correct balance of calcium and magnesium to contract and relax smoothly and rhythmically. Too little magnesium and blood pressure can rise as the heart and blood vessels contract more effectively than they can relax.
Did you know that common anti-hypertensive drugs work by blocking calcium to the heart? They are called calcium channel blockers. Interesting ay? I might try extra magnesium first!
6) Kidney stones – calcification of the soft tissues
Because Magnesium and calcium need to be in balance in the body, a lack of magnesium can cause calcium to be deposited in the soft tissues. Increasing levels of magnesium can help to prevent calcification of the arteries, kidney stones and deposits around the joints. Vitamin D is also essential in regulation calcium.
The Tongue Test:
Poke your tongue out and look at it closely in the mirror. Can you let it hang still? Or does it quiver? The tongue is a muscle remember.. A quivering tongue is an easy way to get a clue about your bodies need for magnesium.
Best Food Sources:
- Almonds, cashews, brazil nuts pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
- Green leafy vegetables, avocados, parsnips, seaweed especially kelp and dulse
- Brown rice, millet, buckwheat
- Cacao, dates, figs, molasses
- Cod, mackerel, eggs, prawns
My Hot Tip: For tired, sore, achy, muscles or tension and stiffness, rub in Magnesium Oil topically straight into the skin. This way you by pass the digestive system and the Magnesium can enter straight into the blood stream and get to work relaxing that muscle! My favourite is from NutriVital Health who source their Magnesium from the isolated waters of Great Salt Lake in Utah.
* Sometimes the body’s need for certain nutrients becomes greater than we can get from food alone, if your already eating well but are experiencing any of the symptoms above would like to talk to me about supplementation and nutritional therapy, it would be a pleasure to hear from you. You can read more about what I do in my practice here.
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