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I’m often asked what the most important nutrients are and my response is always, “All of them.”

But a certain one stands out from the others because a deficiency could be downright deadly.

Magnesium!

Here’s the scoop on all that magnesium does for you, why you may be low in it (because most people are!) and what you can do about maintaining a healthy level in your body.

Magnesium—the magnificent mineral

Healthy bones, teeth and muscles

Magnesium helps hold calcium in your tooth enamel to keep your teeth strong and supports healthy bone growth in your entire skeleton. 

As a matter of fact, magnesium deficiency is just as much of an osteoporosis concern as being low in calcium, although most women just hear about is calcium.

Magnesium and calcium are partners for your muscles too.  Calcium causes your muscles to contract, then magnesium makes them relax.  The most obvious example of this is your heart beating—the lub-dup, lub-dup is calcium and magnesium in action.

But when you have too little magnesium, it can cause irregular heartbeat, muscle spasms, tremors, cramps, twitching, restless legs and even convulsions!

In addition, calcium levels in your bloodstream are regulated by magnesium, so too little magnesium means that too much calcium can build up in your blood. 

When this happens, your body deposits the excess calcium in areas such as your gallbladder, joints, kidneys and artery walls. This can lead to gallstones, joint degeneration and bone spurs, kidney stones and atherosclerosis.

Strong immune function

Magnesium deficiency can weaken your immune system and make you much more susceptible to infections, viruses and disease.

Brain and nerve health

Magnesium is critical for proper cell energy production—so lacking in it causes fatigue.

Your body also uses magnesium to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin—so it’s not surprising that magnesium deficiency is common in people with depression

Magnesium deficiency has also been tied to symptoms such as confusion, delirium, sleep disturbances and schizophrenia.

And there’s even more!

Over 300 different enzymes in your body need magnesium in order to function.

Magnesium is also needed for digestion and for building RNA and DNA molecules, as well as proper insulin production (an important note for diabetics).

Magnesium deficiency is also linked to menstrual problems such as low back pain and cramps.

We’re running low!

Studies have shown that only about 25 percent of US adults are at or above the recommended magnesium levels, so deficiency is very common.

Deficiency is often difficult for a doctor to diagnose.  The initial signs of magnesium deficiency--loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue -- are also common symptoms of many other health conditions, making it difficult to pinpoint. 

Plus blood tests are of limited benefit since most of your body’s magnesium is in your muscles.

Magnesium Deficiency Checklist

Here are signs of magnesium deficiency—see how  many apply to you:

______ Behavioral disturbances

______ Irritability and anxiety

______ Lethargy; fatigue

______ Impaired memory and cognitive function

______ Anorexia or loss of appetite

______ Nausea and vomiting

______ Seizures

______ Muscle weakness, spasms, cramps

______ Tics, twitches, tremors

______ Impaired muscle coordination (ataxia)

______ Involuntary eye movements and vertigo

______ Difficulty swallowing

______ Elevated blood sugar

______ Irregular heartbeat

______ Depression

______ ADHD

______ Fibromyalgia

______ Epilepsy

______ Parkinson’s disease

______ Sleep problems

______ Migraine

______ Osteoporosis

______ PMS

______ Atherosclerosis

______ Blood clots

______ Hypertension

______ Type 2 diabetes

______ Asthma

Why could YOU be running low?

The most common causes of magnesium deficiency include:

1) Insufficient dietary sources of magnesium

2) Drinking beverages that interfere with magnesium absorption—soda, caffeinated beverages and alcohol

3) Drugs that impair magnesium absorption--diuretics, antibiotics and birth control pills

4) Poor blood sugar balance

5) Harmful bacterial overgrowth in the gut (dysbiosis) and intestinal permeability (leaky gut) that lead to poor nutrient absorption

6) Stress

Keep your levels healthy!

The good news is that you can help keep your magnesium levels healthy, and see some dramatic changes in how you feel as a result!

In addition to avoiding the medications that cause deficiency (diuretics, antibiotics and oral contraceptives) as much as possible (ask your doctor about alternatives) and reducing stress in your life, here are 4 ways to make sure your body is getting and keeping the magnesium it needs:

Eat your magnesium

Dietary sources of magnesium include:

  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Meats
  • Seafood
  • Nuts
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Leafy greens
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Avoid the magnesium sappers

Avoid the foods and beverages that impair magnesium absorption including refined carbs, processed foods, fast food, soda, caffeinated drinks and overconsumption of alcohol. 

Take a multi-vitamin with magnesium

Getting your nutrients from food sources should always be one of your priorities, but if you want to make sure all of your nutrient bases are covered, (or if you “slip up” with your diet now and then!) a complete multi-vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core can help fill in the blanks where you may be running low.

Super Core provides a well-rounded, health-supporting blend of essential vitamins and minerals (including magnesium!), as well as natural sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories!

Supplement with a full-spectrum probiotic

In order to have proper digestion and absorption of nutrients (from both your food and supplements!) it’s vital to have a healthy gut microbiome.

In addition to having a diet of nutritious whole foods, supplementation with a full-spectrum probiotic formula like Super Shield can help ensure your friendly gut flora population stays in a health-supporting balance.

Contrary to what most people think, your helpful intestinal bacteria are not “permanent residents”—they only “reside” in you for about 12 days!

So it’s crucial to ensure their numbers stay high, and nothing beats Super Shield’s effective blend of 13 well-studied bacterial strains!

Now you are on the road to a healthy magnesium level, as well as other essential nutrients too!

And your body will thank you handsomely!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

Comments

  • Posted On June 19, 2018 by Melanie at Holistic Blends

    Hello Neemu! We appreciate your kind feedback to Sherry’s article. If there are any topics that you’d like to see her write about in the future, please let us know!

  • Posted On June 19, 2018 by Melanie at Holistic Blends

    Hello Georgiana!

    Thank you for your comment. We are happy to help in any way we can!
     
    Sherry hasn’t yet discussed lymphedema at length, although I am happy to send her the suggestion on your behalf.
     
    Following the Great Taste No Pain program is one of the best things you can do for your health and we always recommend it first and foremost. We recommend that you follow it closely and emphasize alkaline foods. This can only help by encouraging proper nutrition, retention of nutrients and balancing the body’s pH levels.
     
    Also, yes, probiotics (as an anti-inflammatory) can be helpful to you by way of supporting a healthier immune system, nutrient absorption, anti-inflammation and much more. Here is the link to it: https://www.holisticblends.com/collections/supplements/products/super-shield
     
    The Mayo Clinic has some great suggestions to help as well:

    · Take care of your affected limb. Do your best to prevent complications in your arm or leg. Clean your skin daily, looking over every inch of your affected limb for signs of trouble, such as cracks and cuts. Apply lotion to prevent dry skin.
    · Take care of your whole body. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Exercise daily, if you can. Reduce stress. Try to get enough sleep. Taking care of your body gives you more energy and encourages healing.
    · Elevate your arm or leg. Whenever possible, elevate your affected limb above the level of your heart.
     
    Lastly, we do recommend that you seek the help of a holistic practitioner in your area who can evaluate your medical history and make appropriate recommendations from there. While it might not be covered by insurance, they could think of things that a traditional doctor may not and help get you on a path to feeling better.
     
    Here is the link to the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine:
    http://www.abihm.org/search-doctors

    We hope this helps!

  • Posted On June 19, 2018 by Georgiana Benedetto

    Hi, I have a problem with lymphedema of the ankles/feet, as well as leaky vein syndrome, just wondering if this product will help especially with the lymphedema. Recently I’ve started using Magnesium spray oil which does help to some extent. I do also take your Super Shield probiotic which is great.
    thank you for any suggestions you may have,
    Georgiana

  • Posted On June 19, 2018 by Neemu

    Thank you so much Sherry. I loved your article on life saving mineral Magnesium.

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