Magical Magnesium

25 January, 2019

Magnesium is a mighty and magical mineral. Why do we say this?

Magnesium is involved in hundreds of vital biochemical reactions.

What does Magnesium give you?

  • Energy
    • Magnesium helps you to generate energy
    • It improves your sleep
    • EFSA accredit magnesium as contributing to:
      • A reduction of tiredness and fatigue
      • Normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Mood Enhancer
    • Want to feel better? Magnesium helps improve your mood
    • Tired of being anxious? it helps you reduce anxiety
  • Pain relief
    • This nutrient aids the soothing of migraine symptoms
    • Plus it reduces pain and inflammation in muscles
  • EFSA accredit magnesium as contributing to:
    • Normal muscle function
    • Management of your body:
      • Magnesium supports the reduction in hypertension levels- high blood pressure
      • This mineral supports your management of your blood sugar levels and diabetes
      • Hormone symptoms can be re-balanced easing PMT through to menopause
  • EFSA accredit magnesium as contributing to:
    • Normal functioning of the immune system

So you can see the Magnesium is vital to your good health and well-being

Sources of magnesium

  • Bananas
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Avocado
  • Wheat germ
  • Green leafy vegetables such as chard and spinach
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Dark chocolate – one square!!

Minerals are inorganic substances that are found in rocks and mineral ore. This means we have to get our magnesium from our diet. Here we find the challenge; our food is depleted of nutrients because our soil is depleted of nutrients. The food then gets processed reducing the level of nutrients even further.

Ultimately, we need sources beyond food. We need to find other sources of magnesium.

We offer you

  • Supplements - We refer you to our previous blog on magnesium for further information on magnesium supplements.

  • Flakes
    It is not unusual to need some extra magnesium at different times in our lives. Perhaps we have changed our diet, been more stressed than usual, and experienced an illness. As I discovered recently my magnesium levels had dipped.

I used magnesium flakes; just think:

  • Having a lovely warm bath in magnesium flakes will help you and your health
  • Your muscles will gently be soothed
  • You will feel relaxed
  • Sleep will be enhanced and restful

While all this soothing and relaxing is calming you; your body is absorbing calcium supporting your bones and your skin is softening and rejuvenating itself.

Using flakes is a very gentle method of introducing magnesium to your body. The flakes travel directly through your skin to their destination the muscles below.

The advantage of this process is that your stomach is not involved your body is able to get nutrients directly into your bloodstream. The stomach when compromised cannot always absorb nutrients so this is a great solution. It is safe for everyone and this includes:

  • Diabetics
  • Coeliacs
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
  • Pregnant and nursing women

How we become deficient

  • Today’s diet
    • Unfortunately, our food has become depleted of many of the vital nutrients we need. Intensive farming processes do not allow for field rotation which means that our land does not get fully replenished. Put simply if the nutrients are not in the soil they won’t be in our food.
    • In addition, modern food processing strips out many natural nutrients from our food.
  • Gut issues
    • Malabsorption is a genetic condition for some. B vitamin methylation is an example of this and many of us now have B12 injections to deal with this situation.
    • Unbalanced gut issues like coeliac disease leave people without the ability to absorb some nutrients, this leads to deficiency.
    • Emotional/Work Stress
      Stress depletes the body of magnesium. Sadly, many of us are subject to either work and/or emotional stress.
  • The older generation
    • As we get older we often lose interest in food or can’t be bothered to cook leaving us nutrient deprived. Our absorption levels are reduced and our bones store fewer nutrients. In addition, we lose more nutrients through increased urination.
  • Alcohol
    • Regular alcohol consumption leads to dehydration, compromises our immune system, disturbs our gut balance all of which enhance the loss of magnesium and other valuable nutrients.

Signs of deficiency

Please note around 80% of us are magnesium deficient at some point in our lives. Typical symptoms include:

  • Magnesium is instrumental in neuromuscular activities and when we are deficient the first sign is often cramps.
  • Craving chocolate – which is a source of magnesium.
    • Interestingly, I already take magnesium regularly so when I started to get cramps recently I was confused. Then I started craving chocolate and the penny dropped. I needed more magnesium. It has been a stressful time and obviously my body wanted more of the magnesium magic to keep itself healthy.
  • PMT – Menopause. Women can really suffer with imbalanced hormonal activity. The range of symptoms is worthy of a blog in its own right but consider the following:
    • Stomach cramping
    • Low mood
    • Anxiety
    • Pain
    • Stress
    • Insomnia
    • Osteoporosis
    • Craving chocolate
    • All of which could be alleviated by magnesium
  • Stress which can be expressed as:
    • High blood pressure
    • Insomnia
    • Low mood or anxiety
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Pain:
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Migraine
    • General muscle pain
  • Other conditions:
    • Diabetes
    • Osteoporosis
    • Chronic fatigue

This demonstrates that magnesium can make a difference to the health of you and your family. Magnesium is truly one of the most important nutrients for our bodies. Make sure you get your supply!

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