3 out of 4 people have a magnesium deficiency?
Are you one of the three?
If you live or work in a stressful environment, or are nearing 60 years of age, you have a higher risk for being magnesium deficient.
According to Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.” Magnesium is essential for cellular health and is a critical component in over 300 cellular functions in the body making it one of the most important minerals in the body.
Some Causes of Magnesium Deficiency
Although once considered fairly rare, magnesium deficiency has become more prominent then most people realize. What are some of the factors leading to magnesium deficiency?
- Soil depletion: the modern farming practices have stripped the soil of valuable minerals that no longer make it to our food supply.
- Digestion problems: digestion problems, such as Celiac Disease or Leaky Gut, can cause absorption difficulties. Aging also decreases our ability to absorb the needed minerals from our food.
- Chronic disease: medications, such as antibiotics, taken for chronic diseases causes malabsorption of minerals in the gut.
Also, lack of sleep, stress, and consumption of caffeine, sugar, processed food and/or alcohol all lead to the depletion of magnesium
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Because magnesium is active in so many (over 300) different processes in your body, magnesium deficiency symptoms are varied and can include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Anxiety, hyperactivity, depression
- Back aches
- Chest tightness and difficulty breathing
- High blood pressure
How to increase your magnesium intake?
Lifestyle and diet play dictate your magnesium intake. Simple ways to increase your intake of magnesium include:
- Eating leafy green vegetables – chard and spinach
- Nuts and seeds – almonds and pumpkin seeds
- Fermented foods – sauerkraut and kefir or yogurt
- Along with avocados, figs, bananas, dark chocolate (my favorite) and black beans.
Taking a daily magnesium supplement is recommended by many physicians. The type that dissolve in water are the best for absorptions. These include citrate, chelate and chloride. You can also use a tropical spray or lotion containing magnesium. Your can buy these in heath stores or make them yourself. They are very simple to make and much more economical then buying them premade.
In my opinion using a tropical supplement is better and safer than taking one internally. First, with the tropical application the magnesium does not have to travel through the digestive system. The gut is where the absorption of the magnesium takes place, so if you have a digestion or gut issue you won’t absorb the needed amount of magnesium. Second, with the tropical application you body only absorbs what it needs.
That is why I formulated the following DIY Recipe. Not only does it contain the magnesium but is fortified with lavender, geranium and roman chamomile essential oils. The oils help soothe and further reduce stress.
Go to full DIY Magnesium Oil Spray HERE