Magnesium is a basic but significant mineral that is involved with over 320 biochemical reactions in the body. Because it's such a critical nutrient, it's a serious problem that over 60% of Americans are deficient in this key nutrient.
Some of the reasons for deficiency include the fact that our food has lower magnesium content due to poor quality soil, we lose magnesium when stressed, and sweating causes magnesium depletion.
You probably don't want to read a list of the 325 biochemical reactions that rely on magnesium, so let's just stick with these three: Insomnia, Inflammation, and Insulin resistance.
Insomnia can be caused by many reasons, with magnesium deficiency being at the top. Magnesium calms the nervous system, relaxes muscles and counters stress. Replenishing magnesium can lead to a longer, uninterrupted sleep pattern.
Insulin resistance is when cells don't respond adequately to insulin's attempt to shuttle glucose into the cell after eating, resulting in elevated blood sugar and increased fat storage. It is the hallmark of pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Research shows that people with adequate magnesium levels have improved insulin sensitivity. People with the highest magnesium levels have a lower risk of developing diabetes, even if they have the risk factors such as smoking, low activity level and excessive weight.
Inflammation is at the root cause of so many health problems, such as arthritis, heart disease and obesity. Magnesium has been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory. More than one study has shown that as magnesium levels decrease, CRP (a marker for inflammation) increases. Elevated CRP is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Magnesium comes in many forms, but be sure to avoid the oxide form. To determine the appropriate dosage, start with one or two pills, and increase the dosage over the course of a few days, until it has a laxative effect, then decrease the dosage slightly. This method determines the appropriate dosage for your individual body, based on your level of deficiency. Magnesium is a simple nutrient, but it can make a huge impact on your health!
Dr. Jen is a naturopathic doctor who is deeply committed to health education and believes that by sharing the benefits of natural medicine, people will be empowered to take control of their health. Magnesium is involved in over 325 biochemical reactions in your body.
Early symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
·fatigue or low energy
·headaches and migraines
·severe PMS, and more.
Left untreated, a magnesium deficiency can lead to more life-threatening conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and others.
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Magnesium is the Fuel that Makes Energy in Your Body, Possible …
But instead of healing the core of why you're chronically sick, tired and stressed out all the time … you resort to Starbucks, Red Bull, black tea and other quick fixes to artificially jump start your adrenals (eventually burning them out) just so you can get through the day.
Here's the reality:
You can't relieve stress, experience genuine relaxation or feel sustainable energy – until you replenish your magnesium reserves.
Stress burns through magnesium at a scary pace. Ironically, when you're magnesium deficient, your body is in a constant state of stress because it doesn't have enough sustainable energy to thrive. The ONLY way to reconcile this magnesium depletion cycle is to JUMP out of it. You have to start restoring your magnesium reserves faster than your brain, heart, muscles, cells and bones are burning it.
When your body receives the magnesium fuel it requires to create energy (and relax your mind at the cellular level,) the symptoms of deficiency (i.e. the problems affecting you RIGHT NOW) quickly heal.
Let's get real here:
If your body was programmed for dis-EASE, you would never repair your health when the key nutrients you're lacking (like magnesium) are replaced.
The Best Mineral For Your Blood Sugar
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. If you don’t have enough of it, your body simply cannot function at its best.
Insufficient magnesium levels set the stage for deterioration of proper metabolism that can grow into more significant health problems.
Magnesium Levels Improve Your Blood Sugar
In just the past year, there have been several significant studies that show by getting more magnesium, into your bloodstream, your blood sugar will be improved… immediately and safely.
- An ADA study from October 2013 found that higher magnesium intake reduces risk of impaired glucose and insulin metabolism and slows progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes in middle-aged Americans. Researchers stated, “Magnesium intake may be particularly beneficial in offsetting your risk of developing diabetes, if you are high risk.”
Your body’s capacity to produce insulin relies heavily on magnesium, which activates the insulin receptors on your muscles and cells. (Insulin is the hormone that removes glucose from your bloodstream.)
The bottom line: Your body will process glucose better and will require less insulin to do so.