...and that's just a sampling.
A lot of you have these very symptoms, right? Well, the likely contributors to these symptoms are an unhealthy digestive system (Crohn’s, leaky gut, etc), overworked adrenal glands, excessive alcohol intake, age (absorption decreases), diuretics, antibiotics and oral contraceptives – all of which deplete the magnesium in your body.
But, did you know that if our bodies didn’t need abundant amounts of magnesium, it couldn’t function? I mean, our hearts wouldn’t beat—because it has to have magnesium to carry this out!
- It's magnesium that's responsible for the action of your heart muscle, the regulation of blood sugar levels, proper formation of bones and teeth, relaxation of blood vessels (blood pressure), and proper bowel function
- It's magnesium that's responsible for the regulation and quick recovery following abnormal heart events (cardiac arrest & arrhythmias)
- It's magnesium that's responsible for keeping the calcium in your cells so they can do their job better
Other great ways to get your magnesium in are pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, almond butter, dried unsweetened cacoa (woohoo!), sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and avocados. Fermented foods improve magnesium absorption. (what can I say—fermented foods rock!)
If you must supplement, bear in mind that there are many different kinds of magnesium on the market, and there is no such thing as a 100% magnesium supplement because magnesium must be bound to another substance. The substance used in any given supplement combination can affect the absorption and bioavailability of the magnesium, and may provide slightly different health benefits (that’s why getting nutrition through food is ALWAYS the best way). Magnesium glycinate is a chelated form of magnesium that may provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability – great for anyone trying to correct a deficiency; and Magnesium threonate which is a newer, emerging magnesium supplement that appears promising due to its ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane, making it possibly the best magnesium supplement on the market.
And of course, smoothies or juicing your vegetables is always a great way to get your magnesium...at least that's how I roll.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading,
"Planting your nutrition seed for the day."