Magnesium is responsible for over 3000 functions in the body. It is safe to say that magnesium is the miracle mineral that makes everything communicate in the body, work, and fire correctly.
Let us explain it like this. Our bodies need five things to survive, the macro-nutrients. They are:
- & Air
(the last two are often overlooked, but they are in fact the most important nutrients and the ones you would die the quickest without).
Part of the problem today is that we focus more on getting the right amount of protein, limiting carbs and upping fats, than our minerals. Fats, proteins and carbs don’t do us any good if we haven’t focused on our micronutrients – our minerals.
Yes, it is true that for muscle growth you need to reach your daily protein requirements, but if you don’t have sufficient minerals, you will be unable to use proteins, carbs, and fats.
Micronutrients are what enable us to use our macronutrients.
In other words, if you are deficient in a mineral like magnesium (which up to 80% of the population is) then you will be unable to create energy, build muscle, or use sugars effectively and efficiently.
What are signs of Magnesium Deficiency
High Blood Pressure
What causes a magnesium deficiency and what can you do about it?
1) Make sure you are eating enough Magnesium.
Magnesium is found in the soil so if your diet is lacking in plant based foods it is likely that you will not be getting enough magnesium.
Living in Hawaii means that the majority of our fruits and vegetables are shipped in. Time on a boat, time out of the soil, and time sitting on a shelf all make your food lose nutrients.
To make sure you are getting the most nutrient rich food
Buy local first, and organic whenever possible.
Buy frozen organic vegetables as they are picked at their most ripe and their nutrients do not deplete as they are shipped
Make sure 60% of your diet comes from vegetables
Don’t overcook your food. Low temperatures are best.
2) Reduce stress.
When the body is under stress, it burns through minerals to alleviate the physical symptoms and biological response.
Remember, your body does not know the difference between stress from paying bills, versus stress from running from a tiger. Your hormones react the same way no matter what the kind of pressure.
To reduce stress implement
- a regular exercise routine
- a mindfulness practice of some kind
- time in nature
- normal sleeping patterns
3) Avoid refined sugars.
Sugar in small amounts (the natural kind) is necessary for the body; however, today we are bombarded with sugar.
The average American consumes 150 lbs of added sugar a year, our bodies were not made to handle even close to this amount. Because of this the incidence of insulin resistance and diabetes is on the rise. Adult-onset Diabetes has even been re-named as type II because younger and younger children are getting this preventable disease.
Sugar consumption is undoubtedly a factor in the decline of our health. However, mineral deficiencies, especially in magnesium are contributing.
Magnesium allows our cells to be sensitive and responsive to glucose and as an added benefit it can help to curb sugar cravings. If you suffer from any form of magnesium deficiency, it will be hard for you to use sugar property which can lead to hormone issues, muscle weakness, headaches, and unstable energy levels.
4) Consider supplementing
Magnesium is perhaps the one supplement you should be taking.
This supplement is relatively inexpensive and safe to take daily. While food sources of magnesium are essential, it seems that in this day and age with soil quality the way it is, it is practically impossible to get enough magnesium just through diet alone.
Magnesium Citrate is the best form to be taking. A nightly supplement will also help you sleep better, aid in muscle recovery, and can stave off headaches.
If you take only one supplement for your health, magnesium should be it.
So, what is the conclusion? Eat lots of plants, play in the soil and get outside.
And take a nightly supplement of magnesium. Magnesium will help you sleep like a baby and you can relax even more knowing all the benefits it has for your body.