Many people have heard of magnesium, but do you really understand how important it is to your health? Magnesium is one of the elements you will find on the periodic table. It is required for your body to work properly. Magnesium is critical in the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the energy molecule in the body. If your body is lacking in magnesium, it cannot produce ATP and, therefore, your body is depleted of energy. It is responsible for making your muscles and nerves work properly. According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, who wrote the book The Magnesium Miracle, 80% of people are deficient in magnesium. Wow! That’s an epidemic.
Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are: muscle spasms, charley horses, cramps, seizures, migraines, anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic fatigue, ADHD, hypertension, asthma, and irregular or rapid heartbeat. This is not an exhaustive list. If you have any of these symptoms, it would be worth investigating whether you are deficient in magnesium.
We used to get much of our magnesium from food. However, with our current farming methods, which depletes our soils of minerals, less and less magnesium is found in our foods these days. This is especially true with so many fields being sprayed with Monsanto’s Round Up. Round up depletes the soil of magnesium because it binds 50% of it in the soil, not allowing it to be released to the plant. As a result, we are only getting about 200 mg of magnesium daily through food; we need about 500-700 mg to maintain good health.
While researching for this blog, I learned that fluoride kills magnesium. If you live in an area that puts fluoride into the water supply, this may be an issue. If you didn’t catch my blog on toothpaste and fluoride, CLICK HERE. I also learned that you need magnesium when you take calcium. I don’t recommend calcium supplements because there has never been real evidence to show that it reduces fracture risks. However, did you know that if you do take calcium, you should also take magnesium too (2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium is recommended).
Here are some foods that are rich in calcium and I recommend you add them to your diet if you don’t use them already: seaweeds (like nori used to make sushi), wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, and millet. Cilantro is also rich in magnesium. In general, eating nuts, seeds, and grains will help you maintain a good intake of magnesium. You can also look into magnesium supplements. If you end up taking more than your body needs, you will get the laxative effect. So your body will get rid of the magnesium you don’t need quickly and efficiently.
Another idea to get magnesium is to soak your body or feet in it. I know you have heard of Epsom salt which is magnesium sulfate. Pouring a cup or two into a hot bath and soaking in it will help your body absorb magnesium. Plus, taking a long, hot bath taps into your parasympathetic nervous system which helps your body better able to heal itself. If you can’t do that or don’t like baths, simply soak your feet in hot water and Epsom salt. The bottom of your feet is a great place to absorb things like magnesium and essential oils if you use them.
If you want further information about magnesium, I recommend you read Carolyn Dean’s book The Magnesium Miracle. She also has a webpage and blog (CLICK HERE). It could be just the trick that you have been looking for to improve your health and wellness.