Monday, June 3, 2013

Magnesium, why it's important and how to get more of it.

Magnesium is a mineral found mostly in leafy green vegetables and nuts. It is the fourth most important mineral in the body and 50% of your body's Magnesium is found in our bones and is responsible for over 300 reactions in the body. So it is a very important mineral and one we should all be trying to include in our diets. In fact it is estimated that over half of Americans don't get enough Magnesium. There are also some studies suggesting that Magnesium deficiency my be a huge factor in the increase of heart attacks.

Here is a list of  the symptoms and complications caused by  Magnesium deficiency.
  1. Calcium deficiency
  2. Irregular heart rhythms
  3. Weakness
  4. Muscle cramps
  5. Tremors
  6. Nausea
  7. Anxiety
  8. High blood pressure
  9. Respiratory issues
  10. Dizziness
  11. Fatigue
  12. Potassium deficiency
  13. Difficulty swallowing
  14. Poor memory
  15. Confusion
  16. Loss of appetite
  17. Hyperglycemia
  18. ADHD
  19. Epilepsy
  20. Parkinson’s disease
  21. Sleep problems
  22. Migraine
  23. Cluster headaches
  24. Osteoporosis
  25. Premenstrual syndrome
  26. Chest pain (angina)
  27. Cardiac arrhythmias
  28. Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
  29. Hypertension
  30. Type II diabetes
  31. Asthma
So how can we add Magnesium to our diets and how much do we need? It is really hard to say because we are all so very different and are needs are too. Taking up to 350 mg of Magnesium a day is safe for most adults but I think the safest way is the natural way. The body doesn't absorb Magnesium supplements as well as it does from eating Magnesium rich foods. I personally do take a Magnesium supplement and so does my husband who has seen huge improvements in his asthma but we also include many Magnesium rich foods in our diets. Foods like Almonds,Cashews, Molasses, Buckwheat, Brazil nuts, Millet Pecans, Dark leafy greens, some beans, peas, seeds, and whole, unrefined grains.

My favorite way to get more Magnesium in my system and the best way for your body to absorb it is to take a long warm Epsom salt bath.
So grow some greens and juice them and make salads with them. Eat more nuts, beans and peas. Finally grab a good book and take a soothing Epsom salt bubble bath, for your health.