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Sábado, 11 / 05 / 19

The Power of Magnesium For Your Body ~ Anna Kucirkova

The Power of Magnesium For Your Body.

Anna Kucirkova.

Posted May 10, 2019. 

 
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Ah, magnificent magnesium! It’s often referred to as the “neglected mineral you cannot live without.” More fascinating health benefits of magnesium are being discovered each year, along with uncovering the many adverse body conditions for lack of magnesium.
It’s crucial to maintain a certain level of magnesium in the body since this naturally-occurring element is vital for scores of functions related to human health. Magnesium deficiency can be a source of health issues ranging from mild to severe. 
Among other things, magnesium helps control blood pressure. It maintains a steady heart rhythm and aids in keeping the bones strong. In blood sugar management, magnesium is a regulating mineral. Magnesium also helps preserve healthy muscle and nerve function. Some people find they get more restful sleep because of magnesium.

How Magnesium Works

 
Compelling data has been discovered in recent years highlighting connections between physiological pathways and magnesium. Research reveals as many as 300 functions of magnesium as an important cofactor for enzymes - to create cellular energy, regulate concentrations of other minerals, and to repair and protect proteins and DNA. 

 
The energy-storage molecules in our bodies called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) can’t function without magnesium! One professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center explains that magnesium deficiency shuts down the Vitamin D synthesis and metabolism pathway. 

Magnesium’s Link to Our Diet, Habits, and Diseases

Given the popularity of avocados, dark chocolate, and almonds in today’s menus, you would think that everyone should have plenty of magnesium in their diet. But the National Institutes of Health reports that “Dietary surveys of people in the United States consistently show that intakes of magnesium are lower than recommended amounts.”
While it is possible to eat enough foods rich in magnesium to stay healthy, the majority of people do not. What are the most common reasons for widespread magnesium deficiency? A dietary intake of magnesium that’s too low is obvious, and that’s often due to poor eating habits. But a poor diet is only one consideration.
In addition to eating too little magnesium, there are particular conditions or diseases that increase the possibility of magnesium deficiency. Alcohol use, too much sugar or caffeine, lack of sleep, excessive sweating, chronic diarrhea, conditions related to diabetes or acute kidney failure, high blood calcium level, celiac, IBS, malnutrition, and certain medications - any of these could lead to low magnesium levels.

What Happens When Magnesium is Too Low?

 
 
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A genuine deficiency may not become obvious until magnesium levels are very low. Some signs that you may be deficient in magnesium include:The medical condition is technically called hypomagnesemia. The number of people who definitely have this ailment is actually quite low (less than 2% of Americans), but studies indicate that half to three-quarters of the US population isn’t reaching the amount of daily magnesium from food that’s recommended for optimum health.

  • Muscle twitches and cramps
  • Mental disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Kidney problems
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle twitches, tremors, and cramps
  • In worst case scenarios, seizures or convulsions
Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed since the symptoms can mimic a plethora of other medical problems. If you suspect magnesium may be part of the health issues you have, you should bring it up with your physician. Your doctor can order a simple blood test, similar to other blood tests, to determine your current magnesium level.
You definitely don’t want to consume too much magnesium (since that’s also unhealthy), but it’s well worth investigating the lack of magnesium signs and symptoms you may have experienced. A shortage of magnesium could be to blame for other physical symptoms that aren’t on this list.

How Much is Enough?

useful chart from the Linus Pauling Institute (a research institute with a focus on health maintenance) helps spell out daily magnesium recommended intakes for adults, based on their age and sex.
As a general rule, it’s a little over 300 mg per day for women and about 400 mg per day for men. The need for magnesium rises somewhat as we age. Children require far less magnesium than adults, but their need for it begins to increase at puberty.  

Best Foods for Magnesium Intake

 
 
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Similar to other minerals and vitamins, it’s best to acquire the bulk of your magnesium in the diet by making good food choices, and then add supplements if it’s medically determined to be necessary for your health. The chart mentioned above clearly indicates that no one should be getting more than 350 mg of magnesium per day just from supplements, as that amount is considered the upper limit the human body can safely tolerate.
It comes as no surprise that the foods naturally rich in magnesium are already promoted for their excellent health properties. You could probably venture a guess as to which foods are on this list! Dark leafy greens, whole grains, bananas, legumes (which includes beans of all varieties, lentils, chickpeas, etc.), dark chocolate, seeds, nuts, avocados, and certain types of fatty fish like salmon, halibut and mackerel are among the best choices for providing dietary magnesium.

What if Dietary Magnesium Isn’t Enough?

Magnesium supplements, when you need them, come in various forms. The absorption of magnesium from different types of supplements varies, and there are also some distinctions in what they are best for treating. Ones that dissolve well in liquid are more completely absorbed in the digestive tract.
 
Dr. Laurie Steelsmith, a naturopathic physician who has appeared on CNN’s “HealthWatch”, Fox and NBC news affiliates, describes the popular types of magnesium supplements:
  1. Magnesium chloride - Perhaps the most popular magnesium supplement on the market, is argued to be the most effective form.  It organically encourages sleep, digestion, bone health and a sense of calm (both mental and physical). That said, supplementing with this form of magnesium may cause diarrhea.
  1. Magnesium sulfate - Otherwise known as Epsom salts, magnesium sulfate has long been a boon for athletes - or, really, anyone with sore muscles; it’s also widely known for its laxative effects.
  1. Magnesium citrate - derived from citric acid. With excellent bioavailability (the efficacy with which a substance is absorbed and used by the body) it’s one of the most highly recommended magnesium supplements. Often used to naturally support digestion, it’s also easy on the wallet. However, it may lead to dehydration (and imbalance of minerals that arrives with this) in that it pulls water into the intestines.
  1. Magnesium oxide - With lower levels of bioavailability, it scores only 4 percent, while magnesium citrate has a bioavailability of 90 percent. It’s found in Milk of Magnesia and similar products, and, as such, organically encourages improved digestion.
  1. Magnesium glycinate - Feeling stressed? This may be the form for you. While magnesium in its many different forms has been shown to naturally support muscle relaxation, magnesium glycinate might just take the cake (note: the amino acid glycine is known for the calming impact it can have on the mind and body). Additionally, it has optimum bioavailability and, unlike some of its kin, isn’t known for its laxative properties.
  1. Magnesium orotate - Those searching for supplements that may organically encourage heart health might give this type a try. With its inclusion of orotic acid (formerly known as B13), it’s also a favorite among athletes, given that it may naturally support the repair of tissues, as well as enhanced stamina and performance. Magnesium orotate often comes with a heftier price tag.
  1. Magnesium L-threonate - Dubbed a “breakthrough” supplement, magnesium L-threonate possesses good bioavailability but also the potential to improve cognitive functions, with the National Institutes of Health reporting that memory deficits - particularly short term memory loss caused by chronic pain - may be just one of the potential benefits of this form of magnesium.

Magnesium Oil as an Alternative

If you’re among those people who have difficulty absorbing magnesium internally, you might find that applying magnesium topically (on the skin) is more effective, or you could alternate between topical and internal approaches.
Although described as an oil, magnesium oil is actually a mixture of magnesium chloride flakes and water. When combined, the liquid that results has an oily feel, but isn’t technically an oil. When this is applied or sprayed onto the skin, it may be able to raise magnesium levels within the body. Some stand by this method to treat magnesium deficiency, promote relaxation, relieve muscle aches and as a remedy for headaches.
Searching the internet for a magnesium oil spray recipe yields thousands of results. It’s a very simple blend. You can order a bottle online, or better yet, make it yourself using this recipe from wellnessmama.com:
DIY Magnesium Oil Spray Recipe
Ingredients
1/2 cup magnesium chloride flakes
1/2 cup distilled water
a glass bowl or glass measuring cup
a glass spray bottle (this is the one in the picture above)
 
Instructions
Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture.
Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months.
Note: Wellnessmama uses magnesium oil before bedtime and often adds 10 drops of lavender essential oil to the mixture for scent and relaxation.

Give it a Shot

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If you'd like to try Magnesium but are unsure which type to try we recommend our Magnesium L-Threonate, which provides all of the benefits of other magnesium supplements while being the only one shown to improve cognitive function.

So whether you’re investigating new approaches with your doctor to pressing health problems like the use of magnesium for hypertension or Type 2 diabetes, seeking relief from anxiety, hoping to eliminate muscle cramps, or simply need nights of more restful sleep, upping your intake of magnificent magnesium could be a significant part of improving your overall health.
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Quinta-feira, 07 / 02 / 19

The Link Between Alcohol and Magnesium Deficiency ~ Alex Du Toit

The Link Between Alcohol and Magnesium Deficiency.

By Alex Du Toit ‘Earthie Mama’.

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

February 8th, 2019

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Alcohol is the world’s most socially acceptable recreational drug. Grab a glass of wine and unwind from a long day; have a BBQ and invite friends over for some beers; alcohol has its place in many people’s lives — but it doesn’t come without consequences to the body.
One of the major effects of alcohol on the body is it depletes the body’s magnesium levels, which causes all kinds of imbalances and symptoms. In fact, the depletion of magnesium levels from alcohol can contribute to the abuse of alcohol, because the side-effects of drinking such as depression and anxiety can result in drinking becoming habitual or an emotional crutch. As a result, many people find themselves using alcohol to try and navigate through the depression and anxiety that alcohol itself has caused or contributed to in their lives.

The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Drinking moderately is equal to one drink (12 oz.) per day for women and two drinks for men. Drinking in moderation can be safe and can cause reduced anxiety, relaxation, sociability and a feeling of being happy. Drinking more than this can put you at risk of all kinds of health problems. Alcohol in higher amounts can cause intoxication, questionable judgement, diminished motor function and lack of awareness. Long term use of alcohol at high doses can lead to alcohol dependence, abuse and sometimes death.
 
Alcohol is considered a depressant. A depressant is “a drug that lowers neurotransmission levels, which is to depress or reduce arousal or stimulation, in various areas of the brain.” It slows down breathing, heart rate and the parts of the brain that affect thinking and behavior. The depressant part of alcohol is usually what causes the negative effects and consequences from drinking.
Too much alcohol consumption can lead to many health issues in the body. Alcohol prevents the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream leading to a deficiency in all nutrients, including magnesium. Alcohol severely affects the digestion system and can cause harm to the stomach and digestive lining causing an array of health problems.

Magnesium and the Body

Magnesium is the mineral responsible for organ function. Every organ in the body uses magnesium. It regulates 300 enzymes in the body. In general it is difficult for people to get enough magnesium from diet alone. Combining a low magnesium diet with alcohol at any level taps into the magnesium storage. Thus, it is common for people to be deficient in magnesium. It is said about 80% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • muscle aches
  • anxiety
  • insomnia or reduced sleep
  • low energy
  • depression
  • restless leg syndrome
There have been a multitude of studies done linking magnesium to many roles in the overall function of the body. It is responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It contributes to bone health. 60% of magnesium found in the body is in the bone. Magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces insulin resistance. It also helps prevent migranes, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, promotes good muscle strength, aids in weight loss, fights depression and enhances exercise performance.

The Link Between Alcohol and Magnesium

There have been many studies connecting alcohol use to the depletion of magnesium in the body. A study that was carried out in Finland in 1986 concluded that magnesium deficiency was common among alcoholics. Another study also concluded that magnesium deficiency was linked to alcohol abuse and health problems. The studies go on and on connecting alcohol use to magnesium deficiency. Drinking too much alcohol leads to an increase in the excretion of magnesium. Experts have claimed that the kidneys eliminate as much as 260% more magnesium within just a few minutes of consuming alcohol.
The more alcohol one drinks and the duration of time, the more the magnesium supplies in the body are depleted. This is why as you get older if alcohol has been a constant, presumably so will the increase in aches and pains, irritability, anxiety and depression. You will find that for those that alcohol has completely taken over their lives, they have little or no magnesium left in their bodies.

Ways To Get Magnesium in the Body

Supplements: Take a magnesium supplement of 300-450 mg/day.
Soak in Water: Soak in a bath of warm water with Epson Salt and/or Magnesium Flakes. Magnesium will absorb through the skin. Here is how to make a perfect DETOX BATH.
Foods with Magnesium:
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Seaweed
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Black Beans
  • Halibut
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Dark Chocolate
Magnesium on the Skin: Lather the skin with magnesium lotion or spray. The skin will absorb the magnesium. You can get Lotion and spray at a store that carries natural products or make it yourself. (Recipes below)

Magnesium Lotion Recipe

Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. Measure magnesium flakes into a mug. Fill another coffee mug. you can bring water to boil on the stove. Measure 3 Tbsp of boiling water into the mug with the flakes. Stir until the flakes are dissolved and set aside.
  2. In the quart mason jar, measure coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. Place the jar in a small pan filled with 1-2 inches of water. Place it on the stove and turn the heat to medium high.
  3. Allow the solids to melt, swirling the jar now occasionally if necessary.
  4. When everything inside the jar is melted, remove it from the pan and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the dissolved magnesium into the quarter mason jar. If it solidifies upon contact, that’s ok.
  6. Place the blender at the bottom of the jar and blend everything together really well, moving the blender up and down along the sides of the jar as necessary to incorporate the ingredients.
Notes:
  • This recipe makes about 8 ounces of lotion.
  • Store at room temperature for up to 2 months.

Magnesium Spray Recipe

Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. Boil the distilled water.
  2. Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
  3. Stir well until completely dissolved.
  4. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle.
Notes:
  • Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months.
  • If you don’t want to make it yourself here is a Magnesium Spray that you can buy!

On a personal note:

I have experienced magnesium deficiency associated with drinking too much alcohol that led me to have anxiety and depression. I discovered the link between magnesium and alcohol many years ago and I have been making sure I add magnesium in some form to my life ever since. It really helps me. When I forget, I can really tell the difference.
Have you had any experiences with magnesium deficiency? Have you felt so emotionally down after a night of drinking and wondered why you can’t get out of it? Do you think if your magnesium levels were normal, you wouldn’t have the urge to drink as much?
Let me know in the comments below!
Be well,
Alex (Earthie Mama)
Recommended reading from Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit:
About the author:
Alexandra Du ToitAlexandra is a true Earthie Mama, helping others tune into their most natural, thriving state while bringing harmony and balance into all areas of their lives. She hosts a well-known blog, EarthieMama.com, where she writes about health and wellness, conscious parenting, green living, self sustainability and getting off the grid. Alex also has an MA in Psychology, and is a registered Yoga Instructor, environmentalist, conscious mother, green living advocate and natural birthing expert. She also sells all natural products and her ebooks through her website.
Please check out her website at EarthieMama.com, connect with Earthie Mama on Facebook, or sign up to the free EarthieMama e-newsletter!


 

 



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