Due to processed foods, low functioning digestive systems, our nutrient depleted soils and nutrient deficient foods, at least 80% of the population is dangerously deficient if not severely deficient in Magnesium. This essential mineral is involved in just about every cellular function in the body. Any client that comes into my office with any type of heart concern, automatically goes on Magnesium and with amazing results and success!
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is a co-factor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. (Source)
Magnesium Blood Test?
No need to waste your time. Only about 0.3% of your total magnesium is circulating in your blood, the rest is stored in tissue. Blood tests for Mg sufficiency will tell you virtually nothing. The best test is your symptoms.
The Critical Functions of Magnesium
Magnesium is vital in hundreds of actions in the cells, glands, tissues and the whole body, and these are some of the critical functions:
- Helps to maintain a healthy heart
- Eases muscle knots, cramping and spasms
- Helps heal cavities and tooth decay
- Helps with PMS
- Anxiety, panic and terror attacks
- Helps to balance your body's electrical system
- Alleviates gastrointestinal discomfort
- Helps to regulate blood sugar levels
- Nurtures healthy bones by giving flexibility and rigidity to your bones
- Powerful detoxifier
- Mg increases availability to calcium
- Helps with proper Vitamin D absorption
- Aids in weight loss
- Helps with relaxation and focus
- Helps with ADD and ADHD
- Helps with anxiety
- Aids with palpitations, heart arrhythmia's, angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse
- Promotes restful sleep and helps reach REM throughout sleep
- Helps end migraines and cluster headaches
- Helps to balance cholesterol levels
- Optimizes circulation
- Helps with mental and emotional imbalances and disturbances
- Helps replenish minerals from recent radiation treatments
Are you Mg deficient?
In our modern world, the answer is yes. I've never assessed a client that was not deficient in at least a few minerals especially magnesium. Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests or check for symptoms of deficiency. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Even if they did run “official” tests, less than 1% of total magnesium is in blood serum anyway, and these levels are kept under tight control. Low magnesium levels typically manifest with symptoms and dialing in to these symptoms are a very effective and no cost way to trouble shoot a potential deficiency.
Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches, insomnia, anorexia, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness, and rapid pulse. – The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean.
Another mineral and health expert, Dr. Norman Shealy’s statements, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” (Source)
Signs of Magnesium Deficiency
- Extreme thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Frequent urination
- Anxiety, panic and terror attacks
- Heart flutters and/or palpitations
- Muscle tightness
- Muscle cramping
- Muscle weakness
- Heart arrhythmia's
- Angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries
- High blood pressure
- Brain fog
- Body odor
- Insulin resistance
- Blood clots
- Low blood sugar
- Cold hands and feet
- Thyroid issues
- Digestive issues
- Kidney/bladder concerns
- Sugar cravings
- Cavities and tooth decay
- White/yellow/grey coating on tongue
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise and sounds
- Mental disturbances
- Nerve pain
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling fingers and toes
- Back and joint aches and pains
Magnesium Deficiency and Antipsychotic agents
“One of the principle reason doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year is the nervousness, irritability, and jitters largely brought on by inadequate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.” (Read more of this article)
Heart Issues and Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is almost always a factor in any heart conditions such as; angina, palpitations, panic attacks, heart flutters, arrhythmia, chest pains, hypertension, blood clotting, and poor circulation. I see this clinically all the time in my clients. In some hospitals where doctors understand the importance of minerals, like magnesium, they immediately administer magnesium for cardiac arrhythmia and the previous symptoms. Just like with any muscle, when the heart has enough magnesium, it stays in a healthy, flexible, yet relaxed state.
Hypertension and Magnesium
Doctors are very quick to diagnose high blood pressure then drug a patient to artificially lower blood pressure. They give a hypertensive drug most commonly a diuretic, which ironically depletes magnesium, and many times low magnesium was the root cause to start with.
Cholesterol and Magnesium
Magnesium is necessary for the activity of the enzyme that helps lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol and helps raise the “good” HDL cholesterol. Magnesium is a natural way the body can help control cholesterol when it gets too high. Human studies have verified that magnesium has had beneficial effects of lipids and lipid profiles.
Calcium and Magnesium
Calcium contracts and magnesium relaxes nerve and muscle cells. The way calcium works has everything to do with how it interacts with magnesium. Let's think about cellular health and the inside and outside of the cell. If Ca accumulates in the cell, it discrupts cell function and can lead to angina, arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, hypertension and even heart attacks. When the heart muscle cells contain too much calcium, the cells can go into the life-threatening spasm known as a heart attack, however when the heart muscle cells have enough magnesium they can relax.
Magnesium and Vit D work together synergistically. Patients with optimum magnesium levels require less Vit D supplementation to achieve sufficient Vit D levels. In turn, adequate Vit D levels promote magnesium absorption in the gut. “People are taking Vit D supplements but don't realize how it gets metabolized. Without Magnesium, Vit D is not really useful or safe” (Source)
How to Get Enough Bio-available Magnesium for Optimal Health
Magnesium is a mineral that is not absorbed well through the GI tract and is even less bioavailable if you have low levels of Vitamin D, have low levels of beneficial bacteria, have other imbalances, have eaten or currently do eat processed foods including grains, drink alcohol or eat sugar in any form.
Due to soil depletion in our modern world, the organic nutrients are no longer in optimal levels in our soil therefore are not in optimal levels in our food and our water in severely deficient in naturally occurring minerals and high in elements you want filtered out.
Foods that are higher in magnesium:
Supplements that I recommend to increase magnesium levels in these forms.
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- Transdermal form via magnesium spray oil. Spray on bottom of feet.
- Magnesium Lotion. A dollop on skin – head to toe.
- Ionic liquid magnesium. A few droppers full in water.
- Baja Gold Sea Salt. This will transform your mineral status almost instantly! Sprinkled liberally on your food.
- Powdered form. Natural Vitality Natural Calm powder. A fizzy drink.
- Vitamin D. Magnesium and Vit D work together synergistically.
- Apple cider vinegar. to be sure you are optimizing your absorption with the proper stomach pH
The Digestion Test
The best way to know if you are getting enough magnesium is the digestion test. You know you have just gone over your optimal level when your bowels become loose. Which for most people, is a blessing, due to mild to moderate constipation. Once you've reached that point, simply reduce magnesium intake until your digestion stabilizes. If you are experiencing deficiency signs I recommend supplementing with at least two forms. Go slowly work up on dosage, as soon as the bowels become loose, back down a bit and that is your optimal dose.
In the book you will discover:
• How diets and lifestyles can create a dangerous magnesium deficiency
• Which magnesium-rich foods keep your vital organs healthy and which to avoid
• Why other nutrients, including calcium, need magnesium to become potent
• What vitamins and minerals work with magnesium to treat specific ailments
• Why prescription medicines, such as birth control pills, can deplete magnesium
• Which magnesium supplements are best for you