Magnesium “The Invisible Deficiency”
Why we need this ancient mineral and the best way to get it!!
Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies affecting the human race today. This is greatly due to a lack of nutrient rich soils caused by modern farming methods that rely heavily on using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. These chemicals are absorbed into the soil and deplete its mineral content. Other factors are high stress, processed foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and nutrient poor diets. Because of this we really need to be proactive on making sure we get enough Magnesium in our bodies! Did you know that Magnesium is essential for over 300 chemical reactions in our bodies!? It is utilized by every organ, especially our kidneys, heart and muscles!
Magnesium Helps Promote
- A healthy nervous system and relaxation
- Detoxification of heavy metals and toxins
- Mitochondrial health and improve energy levels
- Healthy digestive system as too little magnesium leads to constipation
- Bone health as it works with calcium and vitamin D
- Heart & blood vessel health – helps maintains blood pressure, improves the function of the heart muscle, lowers cholesterol, improves circulation, acts as a natural blood thinner (thus protecting against heart attacks and stroke)
- Glucose metabolism – helps prevent diabetes
- Kidney health – reverses kidney stone formation
A serum magnesium blood test is available to test for magnesium deficiency but it isn’t very useful because only 1% of magnesium is actually distributed in your blood, it is stored in your bones and organs. This is why some call it “the invisible deficiency”.
Signs That You May Be Magnesium Deficeint
Signs that point to low magnesium levels typically relate to cardiovascular, heart, neurological, and muscular dysfunction and disease. Here is a list of some common symptoms:
- Muscle cramps
- Calcium deficiency
- Poor heart health
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Respiratory issues
- Potassium deficiency
- Difficulty swallowing
- Poor memory
How Can I Get More Magnesium??
1. Eat Healthy foods containing Magnesium:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Black beans
- Sesame seeds
2. Supplement with magnesium
The best way to supplement Magnesium is transdermally…aka through the skin!
Regular epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths or foot soaks are one way to absorb magnesium. Another great method for magnesium supplementation that we love is Magnesium oil, which is quick and easy to make yourself!
Magnesium oil recipe:
- 1 cup magnesium flakes
- 1 cup filtered water
- Glass container to store it in (big enough to hold at least 2 cups)
- Glass dropper bottle (optional)
- Combine magnesium flakes and water in a stainless steel pan over low-medium heat
- Heat just until the flakes dissolve all the way. Stirring occasionally
- Remove from heat and let cool
- Pour into a glass container to store.
- You can then pour some into a dropper bottle for easier application and simply refill when necessary
Apply topically to your skin daily for best results.
Soak away and feel all of your cells replenish!!
Hint: Wellness Tribe’s January detox box has something containing Magnesium in it 😉