My new found love, the solution to all things miserable……… yes I am ready to write an ode to my love for this wonderful mineral!
Magnesium helps your body to feel relaxed allowing us to cope with the stresses of modern day living. Many people take magnesium to help with sleeplessness, cramps and to stay calm, but many do not know that it is required for the proper growth and maintenance of bones, it is also required for the proper function of nerves, muscles, and many other parts of the body. In the stomach, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine. This mineral is important in more than 300 chemical reactions that keep the body working properly!
Magnesium is used to treat heart, and blood diseases such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, high levels of “bad” cholesterol and low levels of “good” cholesterol, heart valve disease (mitral valve prolapse), and heart attacks. Magnesium is also used for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, leg cramps during pregnancy, diabetes, kidney stones, migraine headaches, weak bones (osteoporosis) premenstrual syndrome (PMS), altitude sickness, urinary incontinence, restless leg syndrome, asthma, hay fever, multiple sclerosis, and for preventing hearing loss.
The reason I am in love with this mineral is because after years of being in constant pain in my back and shoulders, I am pain free! I am also sleeping through the night, unheard of since I started the Perimenopause cycle.
My other half Steve has become addicted to the powdered form of Magnesium, which is the easiest way for the body to absorb it. Magnesium tablets are not as well absorbed as the powder. The one we take is Ethical Nutrients Mega Magnesium Powder that also does not contain Selenium which the tablet does so there are no side effects which Selenium may cause.
Steve was so crippled by a knee injury which the doctor could not work out if it was a torn ligament or arthritis. The doctor had come to the conclusion that he would have to have a knee replacement. As far as Steve was concerned this was out of the question as it meant being off his leg for 6 weeks. This was not do-able as he needed to be able to stand up for his work. It all came to a head over the Christmas period where he pretty well became chair bound and announced that he would just have to bite the bullet and have the surgery.
One night when I was taking the magnesium before bed I recommended that he try it, as it would possibly help him sleep (the pain had been keeping him up at night). He did and now is a magnesium junkie! (Just kidding!) He takes a scoup every morning and night and all of the pain has gone away. Although in so saying, he does also swim every morning of the week. I know when you are in pain it is hard to exercise, but it does help to strengthen the muscles and allows them to repair faster as long as it’s the correct exercise for them.
Magnesium is present in relatively large amounts in the body. Researchers estimate that the average person’s body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, and about half of that is in the bones. But unfortunately due to modern day diets we lack this magic mineral. If we eat a diet high in greens, legumes, wholegrains, seeds and nuts especially almonds, we should be getting enough magnesium from our diet. Many of my clients say to me that they eat a healthy diet. No sugars, fats or processed foods and eat a lot of the above foods, so are frustrated as to why they are not getting enough nutrients. Due to food travelling so far from farm to green grocer or supermarket, most foods have lost a very large part of their nutrient value.
If you are a person who has a diet high in fats, take away or processed foods, let alone alcohol, you are definitely not supporting your magnesium intake. If you have a diet low in protein, such as most vegetarians or even non vegetarians who just do not make sure that they have their minimal serving of protein in a day, you are definitely low in magnesium. A great source of magnesium and protein is Spiriulina and Sun Chlorella, both high sources or protein plus high levels in magnesium.
High risk groups for Magnesium Deficiency are;
* Anyone close to 60 years old and over. As we age we absorb less magnesium and excrete more magnesium.
* People with Gastrointestinal Disorders – Most magnesium is absorbed through the colon so people with gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease are at high risk for a magnesium deficiency. You do not have to have anything as horrid as Crohn’s disease to suffer, basically anyone who has Bowel issues.
* People with Poor Functioning Kidneys – The kidneys should be able to regulate magnesium in the blood, excreting less when stores are low, however, excessive loss of magnesium through urine can occur to people on specific medications, poorly managed diabetes, and alcoholics, as well as those who drink regularly and more than a glass or two. Basically really if you are over 40, drink every night, I would recommend supplementation, especially for women as so many of us are watching out weight that we often do not get enough nutrients into our diets!
There have been many scares re taking Magnesium. It is SAFE for most people when taken by mouth as per instruction on the container. In some people, magnesium might cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other side effects, but this is for a very small group of people and then they need to see their doctor as there are usually underlying health issues. Doses less than 350 mg per day are safe When taken in very large amounts, magnesium is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Large doses might cause too much magnesium to build up in the body, causing serious side effects including an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, confusion, slowed breathing, coma, and death. I am talking serious abuse of the product though!