Magnesium- the relaxation mineral (1)

Recently a friend told me about her issues with constipation and that by taking Magnesium Citrate twice a day she has totally changed her elimination habits to regular instead of being all backed up. The thing is, Magnesium does more than just alleviate constipation, it is important to our general health and helps our bodies function better.

A recent study shows that a Magnesium deficiency results in all kinds of physical symptoms…..

  • Muscle cramps or twitches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADD
  • Palpitations
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Anal spasms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • Trouble swallowing

Studies also show that about 15% of the population have a Magnesium deficiency. Unfortunately, people usually don’t realize this until they are struggling with some kind of symptom listed above and have a blood test that determines the lack of Magnesium in their body.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).”

He goes on to say that Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites.”

If you think about it, profuse sweating and intense stress could be from some sort of exercise so the fact that our Magnesium levels drop due to exercise should be a sign that we need to supplement to get the Magnesium we need.

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We can also get more Magnesium in our diet by choosing these foods:

Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic.

I don’t know about you but I only eat about 3 or 4 of the food items listed above so I supplement to get the Magnesium I need. The minimum amount needed per day is about 300 milligrams but studies show that most benefit from 400-1000 milligrams per day especially if you suffer from any of the above symptoms.

Magnesium often goes unchecked because when we suffer from any of the symptoms above, we usually head to our doctor and take some type of drug. I’ve done this. I’ve had restless leg syndrome for years and have taken lots of different types of medications to alleviate the symptoms. But Magnesium is said to be the most powerful relaxation mineral available and it can help improve sleep.

Not sure if you need Magnesium? As yourself this, do your muscles feel tight? Are you crampy or stiff? How about irritable? Any of these can be a sign of Magnesium deficiency so if you’re not into eating dandelions then get ready to relax with the Shaklee VitalMag Magnesium Supplement; an integral component in your body’s proper nerve transmission, normal muscle contraction, and heart health.