It is believed that 80% of Americans are deficient in the macro mineral magnesium. It's like an epidemic. Magnesium is needed by the body in large amounts. It is essential and absolutely necessary for good health, and a vital component within our cells to maintain balance, avoid illness, create better sleep and digestive systems. More than 300 biochemical reactions in your body use magnesium. Without magnesium we could not produce energy, our muscles would be in a constant state of contraction and we could not adjust levels of cholesterol, to name a few. So why are we all deficient? Our soil is magnesium deficient and the processed food we eat further depletes this mineral from our bodies. Birth Control pills can deplete the body of magnesium too. Also, due to the decline in the health of our intestinal walls, our bodies are not absorbing vitamins and minerals effectively when we do take them in.
Signs that you are deficient. 1. Constant Fatigue
2. Insomnia 3. Hearing loss 4. Migraines 5.Muscle cramps 6.Development of tumors 7. Restless leg syndrome 8.Intense PMS 9. High Blood Pressure 10. Chronic Pain 11.Anxiety 12.Heart disease 13.Diabites 14.Constipation
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, which most people are experiencing at least one or two, then I highly recommend supplementing your diet with some form of magnesium. If you are taking any type of thyroid medication, make sure you have a 4 hour span between taking the magnesium and the medication. So I take my Magnesium around 9 at night and my thyroid early in the morning. For those of you on any type of thyroid medicine, make sure you also take your thyroid medicine an hour before you have coffee or any food in the mornings.
There are several different types to choose from. Each one has a different function. Of all the different types, Magnesium glycinate and Magnesium citrate are the two I want to focus on in this post.
Magnesium Glycinate would be the supplement that you would take if you are experiencing anxiety, sleep disorder, insomnia, or migraines, restless leg syndrome or chronic pain. Also, people that are diabetic or have been diagnosed with heart disease are also deficient.
Personally I have suffered with insomnia for decades and I will say that the Magnesium Glycinate has helped to improve my sleep. I have seriously tried everything imaginable for sleeping, prescription and non prescription. The Magnesium Glycinate causes me to sleep longer and deeper. For years I would wake up at least 5 times in an 8 hr period. that sorta wrecks havoc on your life.
A lot had to do with the fact that I had 4 daughters. The first 2 started dating and cell phones were not around. I couldn't go to sleep until I knew they were home safe. So lots of years of staying up late on the couch waiting for them to come home. I think my body rhythm grew very accustomed to drifting off and waking up, and never recovered, There was a 14 year difference between the oldest girl and youngest girl. Lots of years of staying up and waiting on girls to get in from dates. So now they are all were grown and gone it has taken a long while for my sleep patterns to improve. Magnesium Glycinate has truly made a difference. It took about 4-5 days for it to get into my system to begin to experience the difference.
The other form I want to talk about is Magnesium Citrate. It helps to relieve constipation and clean the intestines. It helps retain water in the intestines by osmosis. And helps promote a better digestive system. So if this is possibly your story, check this out. I don't take both types of Magnesium. But if I had any issues with digestion and constipation I would for sure be taking this. But I personally would not take both at the same time. You also don't want to take in too much magnesium either. If you have any questions about either one please fill free to contact me and I will be happy to help.
My personal take on Magnesium.....everyone should be taking it!! End of story. One of the most important minerals for your body. Add it to your diet.
Supplements are not a solution in themselves. You have to be pro active with your diet and add foods that are rich in vitamins, good fats and minerals. But this one is top of my list along with a great diet. The picture at the top of the blog shows vegetables that contain magnesium. Also make sure you are taking a good Acsorbic Acid, vitamin C to help with absorption.
Check them out for yourself, and read up on them yourself. Here are the links to the ones pictured from Amazon.
Until next time, xoxo