Magnesium is a mineral that is extremely important for bone structure in the body. Low magnesium in the body have been linked to diseases such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, diabetes and stroke according to WebMD. According to the Lifespan Magazine the recommended EU daily amount for adults is 375mg per day, but the average diet falls short at just 280mg per day for men and women due to the fact that people consume so much processed food today.
Foods that are high in fibre are normally good sources of magnesium. Vegetables such as broccoli, squash and leafy green vegetables; nuts especially almonds; dairy products, meat and chocolate. Magnesium can also be used for treating:
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- leg cramps at night
- migraine headaches
- weak bones
- restless leg syndrome
- poor sleep
- and chronic pain, just to name a few.
It is required for proper growth and maintenance of our bones. It is also required for proper function of our nerves, muscles and many parts of the body. In the stomach it helps neutralise the stomach acid and moves stools through the intestines.
You can find quite a lot of different types of magnesium but from research it seems as if the following types are the best to use:
Magnesium chloride has been found to have the highest bioavailability of all the types of magnesium, due to the solubility in water. You can also bath or soak your feet in magnesium flakes which are excellent for a good night’s sleep as your skin absorbs magnesium as well. A 20 to 30 minute soak is required.
Research shows that magnesium can aid in a reduction of tiredness and fatigue; electrolyte balance; normal energy-yielding metabolism; normal function of the nervous system; formal muscle function; normal protein synthesis; normal psychological function; maintenance of normal bones; maintenance of normal teeth and the process of cell division in which it plays a role.
According to Ancient Minerals magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in our bodies, translating to thousands of biochemical reactions on a constant basis daily. It’s crucial to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, energy production, nutrient metabolism and bone and cell formation.
So how do we know that we are deficient and need to top up our magnesium? Apparently less than 30% of adults consume the recommended daily allowance of magnesium and nearly 20% get only half of the magnesium we need daily to remain healthy.
Do you experience any of the following:
- times of hyperactivity
- difficulty getting to sleep
- difficulty staying asleep
All these symptoms may be the neurological signs of magnesium deficiency. We need adequate magnesium in our bodies for nerve conduction and it is also associated with electrolyte imbalances that affect the nervous system. When we have low magnesium it is also associated with personality changes and sometimes depression.
Do you experience any of the following:
- painful muscle spasms
- muscle cramping
- facial tics
- eye twitches
These are classic signs of a potential magnesium deficit. A good book to read on this subject would be “The Magnesium Factor” by Mildred Seeling and Andrea Rosanoff concentrating on how one simple nutrient can prevent, treat and reverse high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
If you answered yes to the questions above and are also over 55
It seems as if older adults are more vulnerable to low magnesium levels in their bodies. Aging, stress and disease all contribute to increasing magnesium needs.
How can you know for certain if you have a deficiency?
Magnesium deficiency is hard to pin down with absolute precision, even for cutting edge researchers. Doctors Pilar Aranda and Elena Planells noted this in their report at the International Magnesium Symposium of 2007:
“The clinical manifestations of magnesium deficiency are difficult to define because depletion of this cation is associated with considerable abnormalities in the metabolism of many elements and enzymes. If prolonged, insufficient magnesium intake may be responsible for symptoms attributed to other causes.”
What can you do to increase magnesium intake?
The longer magnesium levels remain low, the more likelihood that our bodily stores will be diminished. According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., and expert on magnesium therapy, adequate magnesium can improve heart health, prevent stroke and obesity, and improve mood and memory. Dr Dean has written “The Magnesium Miracle” in which she also says that she is convinced that to get enough magnesium today, you need to take supplements. A good way to do this is to combine supplements with a healthy diet.
Here are two excellent videos to watch, one from Dr Mark Hyman, M.D. and Dr Eric Berg M.D.
If you need any further info on expert videos about magnesium deficiency, please have a look at this webpage: Ancient Minerals – Magnesium Videos
Another excellent article by Dr. Mark Hyman: What’s The Deal With Magnesium?
Lastly, remember LCHF is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change.
Excel with a Low Carb Lifestyle. Until next time!
Eunice & Gina