Magnesium, the magic mineral
Have you been feeling blue lately? Or do you have one of those headaches you just can’t seem to get rid of? Do you suffer from joint pain or inflammation? Or is it maybe you just can’t sleep at night? I don’t have a magic pill for you, but what if I told you there’s a fix just as simple, yet better, because it’s natural!
Our bodies are made up of basic minerals and elements, one of them being Magnesium. Up to fifty percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral. Magnesium plays a very important role in our health and how we function on a daily basis. It does so much for our bodies! One, it helps regulate calcium levels, which in return allows our nervous system to function. Two, it’s involved in muscle function and aids in the process of making energy. Magnesium regulates blood pressure, assists in metabolizing vitamin D, and also is a powerful immune system booster. I’ll stop there, but the list goes on and on. After reading the book, The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, I found that a lack in this mineral can cause a lot to go wrong in our bodies. Just a few magnesium deficient conditions are anxiety, depression, migraines, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, insomnia, infertility, and pain. Fifty percent is a large percentage of people to be dealing with a deficiency. So it seems quite obvious that something is wrong. I went on a search to find out why so many Americans are lacking this basic mineral. I found not one, but several reasons.
Let‘s first have a look at the average American diet. According to health.gov, around three fourths of people in the U.S are not consuming enough vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oil that are necessary for our bodies. But, they did find most Americans are exceeding the recommended intake for sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. How is that linked to magnesium deficiency? Well, a high saturated fat diet reduces magnesium absorption in the intestines. A high sugar diet increases the excretion of magnesium by the kidneys. Also, carbonated drinks, especially dark colored sodas, decrease available magnesium, because of the phosphates and high sugar content. You probably haven’t even considered the water you’re drinking to be a factor. Water containing fluorides, along with some municipal water treatment methods have an impact on our magnesium intake. Fluoride binds to certain minerals, such as magnesium and makes it unusable to the body. Municipal water plants remove magnesium and other minerals from the water during the water softening process. Some treatment plants don’t replace the minerals they remove.
Stress seems to be a part of the American lifestyle. The New York post found about eighty percent of Americans report they regularly feel stressed. When under stress, our bodies require more magnesium. I learned from the book, The Magnesium Miracle; when we are under stressour stomachs don’t produce enough acid. Stomach acid is necessary for changing magnesium into an absorbable form for our bodies.
Certain medications are known to deplete magnesium levels as well. Drugs can prevent absorption of this mineral and also increase excretion by the kidneys. Antibiotics, diuretics, estrogen in birth control and hormone therapy, pain killers and asthma medication all reduce magnesium levels. As well as, drugs that have cardiovascular side effects.
So if you find you are lacking magnesium, or you would like to prevent magnesium deficiency, I would say look at your diet, look at the medications you are taking, talk to your doctor about taking an oral supplement, or try a magnesium lotion. Be aware, when taking a high dosage of magnesium orally, it may act as a laxative, therefore making it difficult for our bodies to absorb. A topical treatment is just as easy and as effective at restoring magnesium levels as an oral supplement and is actually preferred and recommended by most people. Here at Good Nature, we have a magnesium lotion that can be rubbed on the body and is easily absorbed through the skin. It can be applied to the feet before bed, especially to help with sleep. You can also apply it to the wrists, neck, or back to help with pain management and to restore magnesium levels. It is an excellent way to get magnesium back into your body and get back to feeling like your normal self!
Dean, Carolyn, M.D., N.D. (2014) The Magnesium Miracle. New York: Ballantine Books.
Dean, Carolyn. (2013, January 11). Drugs Deplete Magnesium. https://drcarolyndean.com/2013/01drugs-deplete-magnesium/
Jaeger, Max. (2017, December 20). Americans are stressed out. https://www.nypost.com/2017/12/20/americans-are-stressed-out/amp/
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/chapter-1/