Friday, 7 November 2014

live your life to the mag-nesium! 10 important facts: 7 deficiency Symptoms: What to do!

For a start here is magnesium's fact sheet:

  • 80% of people are deficient
  • Activates muscle and nerve function
  • Helps your body produce energy in your cells (ATP)
  • Needed to counterbalance the Magnesium/ Calcium ratio in the body to prevent strokes and other heart problems
  • Needs to work synergistically with other nutrients in order to be absorbed properly.
  • Helps you sleep by regulating the hormone Melatonin. It also balances the stress hormones which can also prevent good sleep
  • Deficiency can cause a unhealthy balance of phosphorous and calcium in saliva which damages teeth
  • Rehydrates
  • Helps to relieve constipation
  • Relieves Restless Leg Syndrome

Symptoms of Magnesium deficiency

  • Calcium deficiency
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Poor Memory
  • RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome)

As you can see magnesium does an amazing job in our body,
If you have any of the above problems or feel generally low on energy it's worth taking a months course of Magnesium to see if it could be something as simple as a Magnesium deficiency.

I've had first hand experience of the benefits of magnesium...

For as long as I can remember I've had RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). It comes on in the evening time and gets worse at night. Often I'd wake up with a aching/pain/ awkwardness in my knees and legs that would give me the urge to get up and walk.
Getting up and walking does help but it's a pain to have to deal with. It disrupts my sleep, in that I can half wake up with the constant niggles, and toss and turn for an hour until I wake up enough, become conscious and realise what's going on. I've read many articles that say to reduce your Alcohol intake as well as your caffeine.

But on doing some research I found a new study that showed the benefits that magnesium does for the muscle and nerves. It also showed that it helped RLS sufferers.

I take magnesium almost everyday now. I take magnesium citrate which is better absorbable than some of the other cheaper magnesium supplements. If I forget or am away for a couple of days my RLS reappears! But the day that I start on the magnesium again, my RLS disappears just as quick. I've tested this over and over again and I can anecdotally prove that Magnesium cures my RLS and as a result improves my sleep to no end.

Magnesium has so many benefits as is shown above. It's worth putting it into your daily routine, especially if you suffer from any RLS or muscle/ poor sleep.

There are also foods that you can eat to give you a natural source of magnesium.

  • Leafy greens such as spinach
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fish 

It can be difficult to get enough magnesium in our modern diet. Our food is only as good as the ground that it comes out of. It is best to try to eat a nutrient dense diet but in the case of magnesium it's also best to add a good magnesium supplement.

Start off small with the doses as some people find it to be a laxative.

Live your life to the Mag-nesium!

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