August 27, 2019 / 1 Comment
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August 27, 2019 / 1 Comment
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Magnesium Is Important!
80% of people are deficient in this mineral (are you?)
Did you know that magnesium is an essential part of your diet? Well, if you didn’t know… don’t worry you’re not alone. It’s not a mineral that’s talked about often, which is probably why about 80% of Americans are deficient in it. But it’s something you NEED to know because it’s an essential dietary mineral that has a huge impact on your health.
Why Magnesium Is So Important
Researchers have discovered 3,751 magnesium binding sites on human proteins, which clearly demonstrates how intricately involved magnesium is to your health. Additionally, magnesium is found in many different types of enzymes (more than 300) within your body and these enzymes are responsible for countless numbers of important bodily functions like ATP production, heart muscle activation, blood vessel relaxation, regulating bowel movements, managing blood sugar levels and much more.
Health Benefits of Magnesium
So far there have been over 100 health benefits associated with magnesium. Just getting enough magnesium in your body decreases the risk of:
Type 2 diabetes
Restless leg syndrome
And many more
Magnesium has also been shown to play an important role in your body’s detoxification process. It helps get rid of toxins in your body more effectively, which in turn protects you from various diseases and illnesses. It’s also interesting to note that magnesium is a critical component of glutathione, which is the most potent anti-oxidant in your body. Again it just illustrates the importance of magnesium when it comes to maintaining a healthy body.
Why Are So Many People Experiencing Magnesium Deficiencies?
Magnesium is a mineral that’s found in many types of foods, so why are so many people experiencing a magnesium deficiency? It’s hard to say for sure, but it’s probably due to poor food choices and poor food quality.
If you’re following a traditional Western diet, high in refined carbs and other processed foods, much of the vitamins and minerals have been stripped away and so you’re going to be depriving yourself of essential minerals and other nutrients including magnesium.
Additionally, many of the modern farming practices have resulted in soil mineral depletion, in large part due to over-harvesting. As a result, many of the fruits and vegetables that used to provide magnesium are no longer good sources of magnesium.
How To Add This Mineral To Your Diet
So if you want to effectively boost your magnesium through diet, there are several types of foods (not affected by soil mineral depletion) that have a high magnesium content.
Cacao has a high magnesium content. This is especially great if you’re a chocolate lover because you can satisfy your chocolate cravings and get the minerals that your body needs at the same time! It’s important to note, that if you have unusually strong cravings for chocolate, you may be magnesium deficient. If you do eat chocolate, make sure that you’re getting high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. Stay away from the sweet sugar-filled milk chocolates and other similar candies that have little to no cacao and hence no magnesium.
Kelp and other sea vegetables are great sources of magnesium because they grow in the ocean instead of poor quality soil. 1 cup of kelp contains 30% of your recommended intake of magnesium for the day, and it also provides iodine which is very important for your health as well.
Blackstrap molasses is a good source of it, because of the depth of the sugar cane roots. Even though the soil surface may be deficient in minerals, the deeper soil still contains the essential minerals that are important for health. The sugar cane roots are able to reach down deep enough into the soil, to get to the minerals. Black molasse is a byproduct of the sugar refining process. During the refining process, sugar is removed, while the rest of the good nutritional stuff is left as molasses. So molasses ends up with less sugar and rich in minerals, which is why it’s a great source of magnesium as well as calcium, potassium, and iron. And although it still has some glucose, it’s low on the glycemic index, so it won’t spike your insulin.
Now, I just highlighted 3 foods that are especially high in magnesium, that hasn’t been affected by any soil depletion. But keep in mind that there are many foods that are high in magnesium. Just be mindful that the magnesium content may vary depending on the farming source. Here are other good food sources of magnesium:
Leafy cruciferous vegetables:
like spinach, collard greens, kale, swiss chard
Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds are especially high in magnesium)
With you in health,
Other options include getting magnesium from supplements, either in a topical or oral format. When you apply topical magnesium directly on your skin, it absorbs those minerals and immediately starts working to move those substances through the body.
In fact, some doctors have suggested that topical applications may be more effective than oral supplements because many people’s digestive systems have a hard time absorbing oral magnesium supplements. Keep in mind that if you’re looking to supplement with magnesium (oral or topical), start with a low dosage, since it has a potent laxative effective.
With healthier you,