What You Need to Know About Magnesium

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The truth is that most of us are incredibly deficient in a specific nutrient that is vital to our well being.  And that nutrient is magnesium.

Especially within the United States, much of our food is grown in magnesium-deficient soil.  Add to that fact that many of us struggle from malabsorption and you’ll see why a magnesium deficiency is common.

Being deficient in magnesium can lead to a whole array of symptoms, such as:
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory loss
  • Digestive issues
...and this is just a short list!

Magnesium actually protects everything from nerve function to heart health, and contributes to over 300 different chemical reactions within the body.  Needless to say, it’s important to watch our magnesium intake to make sure that we are staying healthy for the long run.

What are the benefits of magnesium?

While there are a multitude of symptoms that come from being deficient in magnesium, there are also some surprising benefits that you should be aware of, as well.  Some of our favorite benefits are as follows:

Regulates your nervous system

Magnesium is a crucial piece in helping to regulate your neurotransmitters.  These neurotransmitters manage communication between the brain and your nervous system, helping your body to, ultimately, operate efficiently and effectively.

Reduces your risk of diabetes

In helping our systems to metabolize glucose and carbohydrates, magnesium is also helping to keep our blood sugar levels stable and assists in reducing any insulin resistance within the body.

Improves sleep

Magnesium is commonly known to help muscles relax, allowing your body to become more calm after a long day.  Additionally, this nutrient helps to decrease cortisol (the “stress hormone”) in the body, meaning that you can more easily ease your mind and prepare it for a solid, rest-filled night of sleep.

Improves and maintains your heart health

In general, magnesium is crucial to maintaining healthy muscles, including your heart.  Additionally, recent research has shown that magnesium is associated with a reduced risk of hypertension and limits any fatty buildup in your arteries.

Protects your bones

As an element in assimilating calcium into bone formation, magnesium is integral in maintaining a healthy bone structure.  Additionally, magnesium has been shown to be helpful in keeping current bone structure healthy and happy.

Assists in healthy digestion

Magnesium helps to promote healthy digestion in two distinct ways.  First, this nutrient helps to relax the walls of the digestive tract, thus allowing food to more easily process.  Secondly, magnesium activates enzymes that help our bodies to use fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in an effective, efficient manner.

How to get more magnesium?

There are two directions you can take to get more magnesium into your nutrition regimen.

  1. Eat more foods high in magnesium.  There are a wide variety of foods that are high in magnesium.  Some of our top suggestions are quinoa, avocado, brown rice, salmon, kidney beans, spinach, and, most importantly, dark chocolate.  Incorporating these naturally magnesium-rich foods into your diet provides more opportunities for your system to absorb the nutrient and receive the benefits accordingly.
  2. Use magnesium supplements.  If you decide that taking magnesium supplements is the right route for you, or if you decide to take both take supplements in additional to eating more nutrient-rich foods, then we recommend using a supplement that has around 100 to 350 milligrams of magnesium included.  This should be a sufficient amount of the nutrient to benefit from having an appropriate amount of magnesium in your system.
No matter which route you decide to take, make sure that you are focusing on incorporating plenty of magnesium into your daily regimen to stay healthy and balanced.

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