By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
December 7, 2016
- Most people are deficient in this forgotten mineral
- Magnesium keeps your heartbeat strong and steady
- Time to get serious about boosting your magnesium levels
In an over-fed nation like ours, it’s hard to accept the idea that you might be undernourished. Yet, something as simple as a nutritional deficiency could be at the heart of many of your health problems.
One of the most overlooked deficiencies today is magnesium. And unfortunately, this mineral isn’t one of those exciting, new discoveries that everyone can’t wait to get their hands on. Rather, it’s been forgotten. Nobody thinks about it anymore.
Considering the fact that magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body, this is a big mistake.
Add to that the fact that upwards of three out of four people might not be getting enough magnesium in their diets and it’s a disaster.
Magnesium is absolutely critical when it comes to maintaining a normal heartbeat. In fact, it’s involved in all of the electrical activity in your body – from heart contractions and muscle function to nerve impulses and brain activity.
Subtract it from the equation and everything goes haywire. Your heart’s steadfast beat loses rhythm. Muscles start cramping. Your brain can’t function properly. Nerves start misfiring and your body stops producing energy.
In other words, when you don’t get enough magnesium, essential body systems begin to fail. This makes it imperative to learn everything you can about this forgotten mineral.
Forgotten Mineral Keeps Your Heart Beating Strong
Magnesium deficiency isn’t something you want to ignore. It’s absolutely necessary for your entire circulatory system.
When levels are low, you’re more likely to experience heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure and accelerated plaque build up. This means you’re more prone to all forms of heart disease. A magnesium deficiency could even increase your risk of sudden cardiac death by more than 50%.
Plus, don’t forget that your cardiovascular system plays a role in strokes and diminished brain function. So it’s not surprising that low magnesium levels are common among people who suffer ischemic strokes or end up with dementia.
Magnesium also plays a role in a number of other chronic health issues. Shortages of this mineral contribute to migraine headaches, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney stones, constipation and depression.
However, when you get enough magnesium, it can…
- Curb abnormal heart rhythms
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve insulin sensitivity and glucose control
- Block migraine headaches
- Cut your risk of heart disease and stroke
- Put an end to muscle cramp and spasms
- Ward off kidney stones
- Help build strong bone mass
In other words, this is one nutrient you don’t want to fall short on.
It’s Time to Get Serious about Boosting Your Magnesium Levels
Unless you enjoy eating a lot of nuts, seeds, beans and green veggies, your magnesium levels are probably below par.
Plus, even if you’re eating these foods, the levels of nutrients in today’s food supply aren’t anywhere near where they used to be. Modern agricultural practices have leached the soil of much-needed nutrients like magnesium from our natural food supply.
This means it’s nearly impossible to get enough magnesium from diet alone. And this is a big problem if you want to live a long, healthy, disease-free life.
However, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to eat more magnesium-rich foods.
You can actually get more magnesium out of your food if you buy organic. These more natural alternatives are much higher in all nutrients than commercially grown produce.
But it’s also a good idea to go the extra step and start taking a magnesium supplement. Or, if nothing else, make sure your multi-vitamin includes magnesium.
In generally recommend 5 mg of magnesium per pound of body weight. Take it in divided doses throughout the day. I like the magnesiums that end in “ate”… glycinate, threonate, malate,citrate and so forth. Glycinate shows great absorption and cellular bioavailability, citrate is great for enhancing bowel movements if constipation is an issue, threonate is best for getting into the brain and malate may best for people with fibromyalgic muscle stiffness.
If you find that loose bowels are a problem, start with a low dose – say 150-200 mg daily – and build up to 400 mg once or twice daily.
Also, if you like taking a relaxing soak in the tub, add about two cups of Epsom Salt to your bathwater. They contain magnesium sulfate that gets absorbed into your body through your skin.
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