Magnesium is the most ignored mineral component of our body. 80% Americans have magnesium deficiency. It can cause a lot of problems during drug treatment.
Dr. Dean is a naturopathic and medical doctor. She writes a lot about how modern medicine is killing us more than treating us. She has won many awards for her outstanding contribution to the field of medicine.
She has researched and written a lot about magnesium in particular. She explains how our lives can be dramatically improved just by consuming magnesium. She also explains how much of it is needed by our body and how we can get it easily through our diet.
Magnesium performs the following functions in our body:
– Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
– It’s also a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin
– Activating muscles and nerves
– Serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis
– Creating energy in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
Mostly, people overlook magnesium and focus on calcium. They end up having too much calcium. This is bad for health. A proper magnesium- calcium ratio is important to keep our hearts healthy.
Calcium causes the muscles to contract. Magnesium helps them relax. So if there is no magnesium, muscles spasm are caused. Thus, magnesium is important for the muscles and nerves to function properly.
The calcium- magnesium ratio
Most women are advised to take calcium to prevent osteoporosis. But osteoporosis has risen by 700% than the past. People have been wrongly told to take twice as much calcium as magnesium. Both of them should be taken in equal quantities, but we should never cross the 2:1 ratio.
Vitamin D and K2
It is important to have a balanced vitamin D and K2 along with magnesium and calcium. All four of these minerals work together and support each other. Lack of this balance causes diseases like heart attack. A deficiency of any one effects the functioning of the other 3 which leads to problems in our body like high blood pressure and imbalance. It is important for all of them to function systematically.
Calcium can be obtained from seeds, green leafy vegetables, seeds and dairy. Bone broth is another good source. Calcium is found in so many sources, but it is not the same for magnesium. It is scarce. It therefore needs to be supplemented along with the diet. Green leafy vegetables and sea weed, seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and sesame also have it. Avocado is another good source.
Have vegetable juice. Have magnesium supplements. It is a good strategy to maintain your levels.
Signs of magnesium deficiency
It is important to looks or signs of magnesium deficiency. There is not much magnesium in your blood to be able to detect it. Some labs do conduct an RBC test which slightly more accurate than normal.
The signs of magnesium deficiency are:
– loss of appetite
– Numbness and tingling
– Muscle contractions and cramps
– Personality changes
– Abnormal heart rhythms
– Coronary spasms
The best form of magnesium supplements are magnesium oxides. They have a laxative effect and treat constipation. Only 4% of this is absorbed. The rest passes through the intestine.
Having a bath with Epsom salt is another good way of getting magnesium. Magnesium sulfate is absorbed through your skin easily. Apply magnesium oil on your skin too. Magnesium cannot be taken individually. It has to be bound to something else.
The different kinds of magnesium supplements are:
– Magnesium glycinate is a chelated form of magnesium. It provides the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability
– Magnesium citrate is magnesium with citric acid. It has laxative properties.
– Magnesium chloride and Magnesium lactate have better absorption than others.
– Magnesium sulfate and Magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) are typically used as a laxative.
– Magnesium tauratecontains a combination of magnesium and taurine.
– Magnesium oxide is bound to an organic acid or a fatty acid
– Magnesium threonate has superior ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane
– Magnesium carbonate has antacid properties
How drugs are deplete magnesium
Stress and drugs lower magnesium levels in our body. When you are stressed, you go to a doctor. You are already losing magnesium. He gives you a medicine for high blood pressure caused due to stress. But the diuretic further drops the magnesium. Your blood pressure shoots up further. This is because of the drop in magnesium. The medicine has had no effect on it.
You then get another drug- a calcium channel blocker. It is a good thing that calcium gets blocked. But magnesium can do it by itself. Then you try an angiotensin converting enzyme. All these drugs increase cholesterol and blood sugar. Your liver is damaged.
Just see what happens to your body by not having enough magnesium. Magnesium is needed to normalize cholesterol levels.
Fluoride further removes magnesium from the body. Many drugs like pain killers and antibiotics add fluoride to it. So all your magnesium drains away.
Drugs also cause inflammation. Magnesium can inhibit inflammation. So again, it is important to have it. Many doctors have now understood that there is no need to have calcium.
But they still have not understood that you need to have magnesium.
So keep yourselves updated about this medical miracle and try to have as much magnesium as you need to.