WHY MAGNESIUM?

MAGNESIUM IS CONSIDERED THE MASTER MINERAL

Magnesium is known as the “Miracle Mineral”. It is responsible for over 300 metabolic processes in the body.

Entire books have been written on this mineral. The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, is a fantastic book on all aspects of magnesium.

Without enough of this important mineral, your body can’t function optimally.

WHAT DOES MAGNESIUM DO?

Magnesium helps with essential activities in your body, it…

  • Produces and transports energy
  • Assists in synthesis of protein
  • Helps to transmit nerve signals
  • Helps to relax muscles
  • Acts as an enzyme cofactor serving as a catalyst to many chemical reactions in your body

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIFIC WAYS MAGNESIUM HELPS?

Magnesium…

  • Plays in important role in the regulating the neuromuscular activity of the heart
  • Maintains normal heart rhythm
  • Is necessary for proper calcium & Vitamin C metabolism
  • Converts blood sugar into energy
  • Is vital for many metabolic functions such as the activation of enzymes for proper metabolism of protein and carbohydrates for energy production
  • Is a integral part of bones and teeth and is important for the metabolism of phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, B-Complex vitamins, and vitamins C & E
  • Is absorbed in the small intestine and Vitamin D is necessary for proper utilization of magnesium
  • Is necessary in the production of Testosterone and Progesterone
  • Is essential for normal heart beat, nerve transmission, bone growth, body temperature and atrial health
  • In proper balance with calcium, is important for neuromuscular contractions
  • Is vital for DNA & RNA production. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM DEFICIENT IN MAGNESIUM?

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY:

  • Changes in nerve and muscle function such as muscle weakness or spasm
  • Heart conditions such as arrhythmia, irregular contractions, and increased heart rate
  • Weakening of the bones
  • Imbalanced blood sugar
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • High excitability
  • Inadequate hormone production
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite 

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE DEFICIENT IN MAGNESIUM?

  • Our soil is depleted of minerals and we have lost precious topsoil
  • The standard NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) fertilizer that farmers commonly use is able to restore the soil enough to grow fruits and vegetables, which are healthy “looking”, but may be entirely lacking in trace minerals.
  • To replace one inch of topsoil may take anywhere from 200-1000 years, depending on climate. This is why regenerative farming is SO important!!
  • Organic food tends to have a higher mineral content but is still lacking because of our soil conditions.
  • Refined/Processed foods inhibit mineral absorption, which then are not efficiently digested because of diminished enzyme activity
  • Blocked Colon – a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) packs layer upon layer of plaque into your colon – this prohibits you from reabsorbing water and minerals properly from your colon
  • Secondary Deficiency – an excess of one mineral can cause a direct deficiency of another mineral (they compete for the absorption – compete for the same binding site) – kind of like musical chairs. Secondary deficiency is almost always due to overdosing or improperly dosing mineral supplements.

HOW CAN I ADD MAGNESIUM TO MY DIET?

Food is always the best way to obtain nutrients that are easily assimilated by your body:

  • FOOD SOURCES:
    • Avocado, barley, black beans, blackstrap molasses, cacao, dark chocolate, figs, garlic, green leafy vegetables, kelp, licorice, lima beans, millet, molasses, nuts, oats, peaches, peas, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach, sunflower seeds, swiss chard

SHOULD I SUPPLEMENT?

Check with your doctor before taking a magnesium supplement, especially If you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medications. 

Magnesium supplements are generally safe, beneficial and well-tolerated but they may not be safe for people with particular medical conditions or those who take certain diuretics, heart medications or antibiotics.

  • The RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Magnesium is low and may only offset daily losses. 
    • Women: 320mg/day
    • Men: 420mg/day

Depending on how much you are assimilating from your diet and how much your body is utilizing for its metabolic processes, supplementation is most often necessary for optimal health.

WHAT SUPPLEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE & WHICH ONES ARE BEST FOR ME?

AMINO ACID CHELATES

Magnesium supplements that are attached (chelated) to amino acids offer better bioavailability and increased stability, which allows for more of the nutrients to be properly utilized by the body and the amino acids themselves offer their own benefits.

  • The chelates can bypass the intestinal process of having to bind the mineral with its own carrier protein – the chelate with the amino acid is at a molecular weight that makes it readily absorbable
  • The chelate is bound tight enough that it does not separate in the stomach acid – it is not available to bind with the intestinal carrier proteins and the chelate is absorbed intact, thus making it more bioavailable.
  • Available magnesium chelates: 
    • Glycinate, Orotate, Malate, Threonate, Taurate
    • These amino acids all have their own individual benefits in addition to making the magnesium more bioavailable.

MAGNESIUM OXIDE & MAGNESIUM CITRATE

Magnesium bound to oxygen or citrate has a higher amount of elemental magnesium but elemental magnesium is poorly absorbed. This is why these two forms of magnesium cause the biggest laxative effect. If constipation is an issue you are battling, this type of magnesium may be helpful but cleaning out your intestinal tract through cleansing and cleaning up your diet is your best solution to overall health. Liana Shanti’s 66 Day Health Mastery Program is a fantastic way to do both.

MAGNESIUM SULFATE & MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE

Magnesium sulfate is best known as Epsom Salts.

Magnesium chloride is available from Ancient Minerals as bath salts, oil and lotion. 

These forms are both generally used topically. Both are a great way to absorb magnesium transdermally. When these salts are used in a bath it is extremely relaxing to the muscles and can ease aches and pains in addition to helping systemically through transdermal absorption. 

Magnesium salt baths can also help to lower high blood pressure and reduce stress levels. 

Magnesium chloride lotion and oil preparations (Ancient Minerals) can be used topically for muscle cramps and relaxation. They work quickly at the site to relax the muscles.

So many people living in the Western World are deficient in magnesium and minerals in general. Supplementing has become a necessity for our bodies.

WHAT ACTION STEPS CAN I TAKE TO GET MY MAGNESIUM INTO BALANCE? 

Ways to increase your magnesium levels.

  • REMOVE Processed/Refined foods and ADD more organic foods with higher mineral content!!! This is a great place to start. 
  • CLEARING toxins in addition to CLEANING UP your diet will BALANCE your body inside and out. 
  • Health Mastery Institute’s 66 Day Health Mastery Program is a fantastic way to help you on this journey to optimal health.
  • Try a magnesium bath before bed.
  • Use magnesium oil on your forearms or feet twice daily.
  • Consider taking a magnesium supplement daily, after checking with your physician.

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GROUNDED IN NATURE

Fall Is In The Air

I love fall! Well, if I’m completely honest, I love all of the seasons. I may wish Wisconsin winters were just a bit shorter, but I digress. Fall brings a crispness to the air, but still welcomes the warmth of the afternoon sunshine. It brings the desire for all things apple, pumpkin and cinnamon. Soon it will bring a chill that beckons a crackling fire in the fireplace and big comfy sweaters.

Summer is Coming to an End

As summer comes to an end, and the days of being barefoot, lounging in the sunshine and being outside until well after the 8 o’clock sunset,  give way to boots, shorter days and more time spent indoors; I embrace the beauty of fall with long walks through the forests of red, orange & yellow, more hot tea & soups and time spent curled up with a blanket and a book.

From The Vibrancy of Summer to The Melancholy of Fall

As the days become shorter, my mood seems to wane as the vibrancy of summer fades. Fall brings a melancholy to my soul. Over the years I have found ways to mitigate this melancholy. One of these ways is to make time for being outside with my feet in the grass, even when there is a chill in the air.

Grounding Is An Easy Way to Improve Your Mood

I find it amazing that this one simple act can improve my mood for an entire day! This is not just my quirky way to find more joy, there is an explanation as to why this helps. Grounding, also known as earthing, is the simple act of being barefoot outside. Research suggests that this can counteract stress and anxiety, boost your mood and even reduce inflammation.

The Science Behind Grounding

The theory behind grounding is that our modern lifestyle has disconnected us from the electrons naturally present in the earth. Without the electrons, free radicals in our bodies, that are missing these electrons, adversely affect many of the body’s processes. This free radical damage could be responsible for increased inflammation, increased stress and anxiety, poor sleep quality, and chronic pain. Several studies exist that support the theory of grounding, but these studies have been the subject of controversy and skepticism. However, I have experienced my own benefits through the simple act of putting my feet on the earth.

How To Get Grounded

There are many ways to become grounded and all of them focus on reconnecting with the earth.

  • Walking barefoot on the grass, sand or in the water
  • Lying on the ground and having the skin of your body in contact with the earth
  • Submerging in water: just wading in or completely submerging your body
  • Using grounding equipment, when going outside is not an option – you can find many options online

Grounding Is Becoming More Necessary

Grounding has been increasing in popularity around the world. Some grounding researchers suggest that changing environments are responsible for more people losing access to the benefits of grounding. One theory from a study is that grounding affects our living matrix, which is the central connector between living cells. Electrical conductivity exists within the matrix that functions as an immune system defense, similar to antioxidants. Through grounding, the natural defenses of the body can be restored. With less opportunities to get outside and more health issues arising, maybe our bodies are naturally drawn to getting back our connection to the earth.

More Studies May Be Needed, In The Meantime, Try It Out For Yourself

Most of the studies on grounding are small and rely somewhat on subjective measures, such as self-reported feelings, stress, pain or mood. However, some studies also rely on blood markers, such as those that detect inflammation. More research is needed but you can see for yourself if you experience any benefits just by taking the time to put your feet on the ground.

Slow Down & Breathe, Feel the Earth Under Your Feet & Enjoy Fall

With the crispness of fall in the air, in addition to enjoying all things apples, pumpkin and cinnamon, take the opportunity to slow down, breathe deeply, and appreciate the beauty of nature around you with your feet on the earth.

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DETOX STEP 2 – Liver Support

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR LIVER HEALTH?

Becoming aware of what is helpful and what is harmful is the first step. Taking actionable steps to implement these findings is the key to wellness.

YOUR DETOX SYSTEMS

  • Liver & Gallbladder
  • Gastrointestinal – Stomach, Intestines, Colon
  • Urinary – Kidneys, Bladder, Urethra
  • Skin – Sweat & Sebaceous Glands
  • Respiratory – Lungs, Throat, Sinuses, Mouth, Nose
  • Lymphatic – Channels & Nodes

CONDITIONS THAT MAY BE PRECIPITATED BY TOXINS

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Skin Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Prostate Issues
  • Fertility Issues
  • Auto Immune Conditions
  • Fibrocystic Breasts &/or Ovaries
  • Environmental Sensitivities
  • Constipation &/or Diarrhea
  • Bad Breath

THE LIVER – YOUR BODY’S FILTRATION SYSTEM

Think of your liver as being similar to a furnace filter. If not properly cared for, a furnace filter will get clogged. If you don’t provide a clean filter for the furnace it will not function efficiently and this could potentially cause damage to the furnace itself. The same is true of your liver. If detoxification is not supported and if you are taking in medications or other toxins that can impair the function of your liver, your body will not operate efficiently and could potentially be damaged.

  • Lack of detoxification supporting nutrition leads to malfunctioning systems in the body as toxins build up, this places an unwanted burden on the liver.
  • Good nutrition can prevent a lot of hardship, sickness and sadness
  • Your liver has two detoxification pathways: Phase I and II. These pathways are interrelated and both need to be supported for the liver to function efficiently.
  • The liver has many functions in the body: metabolizing the products of digestion from the stomach, processing and helping to rid the body of toxins, storing iron, providing essential energy producing substances, maintaining hormonal balance, regulating blood clotting, producing bile and producing cholesterol and other fats needed by the body.
  • If the liver malfunctions, toxins and hormones accumulate in the body causing inflammatory and neurological disease.
  • You can support your liver by limiting the toxic load you are taking in from your environment and by supporting its function through your dietary intake of nourishing organic nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
  • Evaluate your cleaning supplies, cosmetics, lotions, tampons, plastics, soaps, detergents, and new carpet, flooring & furniture (off-gassing).
  • Compounds in the following foods have been found to support the liver detox process:
    • Cruciferous Vegetables
    • Green Leafy Vegetables
    • Garlic
    • Onion
    • Cardamom
    • Turmeric
  • There are many things that can inhibit your liver’s function
    • Medications
      • Antihistamines (Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Allegra)
      • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax)
      • H2 Blockers (Tagamet, Zantac)
      • Antifungals
      • Antibiotics
    • Deficiencies in Vitamins & Minerals
      • Vitamin B2
      • Vitamin B3
      • Copper
      • Magnesium
      • Zinc
    • Grapefruit Juice
    • Age, decreased blood flow to the liver
    • Lack of Physical Activity
    • Poor Nutrition

IMPORTANT: Support and Balance Both Phases of Liver Detoxification. If Phase II is slower than Phase I, then the toxins processed by Phase I are in a state that can cause more harm in the body. This imbalance can occur in two ways: over burdening the Phase I process and under nourishing the Phase II process.

PHASE I (TRANSFORMATION) – Start the Job: Lessen the Burden Phase I of liver detox is burdened by the over exposure to environmental toxins: from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the contaminants and pesticides in the food we eat, and all other toxins we introduce through topical products, cleaning supplies and medications, both over-the-counter and prescription. All of these add to the burden on the liver. This excessive burden can impair the liver’s ability to properly metabolize the toxins and the liver will produce a dangerously high level of free radicals that must be further metabolized by Phase II to protect against oxidative cell damage.

Phase II (CONJUGATION) – Finish the Job: Bind the Toxins Phase II of liver detoxification has a huge job to conjugate and eliminate the bio-transformed substances from Phase I. If the Phase II process is impaired, due to a lack of micronutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals, it is not capable of keeping up with the toxic load it is given from the Phase I process. These substances are potentially more toxic now that they have been transformed. If the water soluble toxic substances are not effectively eliminated from the body, they are now more dangerous because they can attach to cells in the body other than fat cells, where they are typically stored.

LIVER DETOXIFICATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH If the liver malfunctions, toxins and hormones accumulate in the body causing inflammatory and neurological disease.

Supporting your liver function is just one great reason to eat organic and to incorporate juice fasting into your dietary plan.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Limit toxins taken into or put onto your body
  • Support your liver with organic vegetables, garlic, onion, cardamom & turmeric
  • Incorporate juice fasting into your dietary plan.

It may not be realistic for you to eat 100% organic or to completely eliminate all environmental toxins but your health is definitely worth making the effort.