Many years ago, as I was going through a very intense period of stress in my life, I began to research about health. One avenue I tapped into was through Ann Louise Gittleman, author of ‘The Fat Flush‘. Years prior I had tried her protocol for a liver flush with great success. I began to listen to some of her talks, which led me to learn more about magnesium and how important it was.
At the time, my main reason for taking it was for better sleep. The stress I was under was not allowing me to sleep well and I was desperate. I purchased a basic magnesium supplement and what transpired was amazing. Not only did I begin to have amazing sleep, I relaxed more and no longer struggled with intense constipation. That alone was enough for me, but as I continued to take it, I began to realize I no longer got headaches or migraines or even pain in general. This miraculous recovery led me to further study on the power of magnesium and what I have learned is magnesium really is something everyone should supplement with. It’s unfortunate, however, there are too many factors in this day and age that contribute to the overall depletion of this essential mineral.
I purchase a book titled, ‘The Magnesium Miracle‘ by Carolyn Dean and devoured it. Shortly after that, I stumbled upon many others in the health and wellness profession that were touting the benefits and crucial role magnesium plays. Calcium spent too many years in the spotlight when really magnesium should have been. In case you have not yet heard why magnesium is so important, let me review with you four of the top reasons.
1 – Deficient Soil
The depletion of our agriculture soils in the U.S. are likely the number one reason most Americans are magnesium-deficient. Just read this quote about what began happening to our soils after World War II:
‘When U.S. industrialism turned to agriculture after World War II, for example, it went at it with all that it had just learned on the battlefield, using tractors modeled on wartime tanks to cut up vast fields, crop dusters modeled on wartime planes to spray poisons, and pesticides and herbicides developed from wartime chemical weapons and defoliants to destroy unwanted species. It was war on the land, sweeping and sophisticated as modern mechanization can be, capable of depleting topsoil at the rate of 3 billion tons per year and water at the rate of 10 billion gallons a year. It could be no other way: If a nation like this beats its swords into plowshares, they will still be violent and deadly tools.’ – The Nation, June 5, 1995
No more worms breaking up the ground depositing castings that feed the soil and keep it loose. No more bacteria making it possible for plants to actually receive the nutrients in the ground to begin with. The majority of our crops are grown in this conventional way, as well as animals no longer grazing in natural habitats. Our food supply is depleted from the get go.
2 – Fluoridated Water
Fluoride actually binds with magnesium, making it unavailable to the body. Most water systems are fluoridated. So if your water has fluoride in it, you may not be benefiting from the magnesium that is present in it. It is imperative to have water that DOES NOT have fluoride added. Not to mention that fluoride in your water could be making you sick and can also contribute to weight gain. Learn more about why you should be concerned about fluoridated water by clicking here.
3 – Inability to Absorb Minerals
A common malady today is stress. Stress leads to digestive issues due to the simple fact that your body is not able to produce sufficient stomach acid when it is in that state. Without proper stomach acid, nutrients do not absorb. So even if we are able to consume it, all the magnesium we ingest is likely indigestible. Magnesium has to get to the small intestine to then get carried off by the blood stream. So if we have insufficient acid in our stomachs, which is actually required to change minerals into an absorbable form, we won’t even have enough to pass through to the intestine.
I’ve written a lot along these lines and you can find out more in the following articles:
- Should You Be Supplementing With Hydrochloric Acid?
- What Can Go Wrong in Digestion
- Factors That Deplete Minerals From The Body
- How Fermented Foods Help Digestion!
- Stress: Why You Might Be Mineral Deficient
- The #1 Thing You Should Do If You Want Good Digestion
4 – Magnesium Blocked by Certain Foods & Drugs
If you follow my blog, you likely do not have these concerns, but a few foods that hinder magnesium absorption are:
- Non-fermentable or insoluble fiber, such as whole grain, bran and seeds
- High in phytates foods, such as whole flours and grains, bran, the hulls of seeds and nuts, and un-sprouted beans and soy
- High in oxalates foods, such as spinach, kale, leafy greens, nuts, nut butters, caffeine, tea, coffee and cacao
There are also several prescription medications that can impair absorption or increase the need for even more magnesium. Now, I do not recommend removing any prescription you rely on solely from this information. That is always a discussion you should have with your doctor. However, when you begin making strides towards a healthier lifestyle and can finally determine which prescription to remove you will want to watch for painkillers, antibiotics, diuretics, cortisone, estrogen (usually in birth control or hormone replacement therapy), and asthma medications.
Here are a few of the areas of life you may be relying on prescriptions for:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Pain Management
- Brain Function
- Heart Function
Of course, when writing all of this information up and seeing all that I’ve written about magnesium in the past, it is clear that I could have written far more than four reasons to add this supplement. I just wanted to share four of the key reasons I’ve personally begun taking it and why I recommend it to so many of my clients.
Before you start supplementing with magnesium, there are a few key things you need to know. First, not everyone needs the same dose or form and it often can be best to get started using a transdermal form of magnesium. My favorite option is with a magnesium bath -learn how to take a magnesium bath (or foot bath) here.
Generally speaking the most tolerated forms of magnesium to start with would be magnesium glycinate or malate in a low dose anywhere from 300-500 mg for adults and 100-300 mg for kids. Keep in mind, most people may need more that those doses but it’s not a good idea to take too much without knowing more about your entire mineral pattern through a hair tissue mineral analysis. And not everyone will tolerate those forms I mentioned or may need different forms – it’s really all about bio-individuality. So, keep it safe and do not get carried away unless you work with a practitioner or do your research very thoroughly.
I really did want to keep this article brief, so please stay tuned for more facts and insights into why magnesium is such a crucial mineral supplement. If you want to learn more about magnesium and other minerals, please head over and join my Facebook group: Healing With Mineral Analysis.
Did this article open you up to the benefits of magnesium? Have you had your own health improvement experiences with this mineral? If so, please share in the comments area below!
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