Let’s talk about Magnesium today folks. I didn’t know much about it, but I kept hearing people talk about it and seeing articles talking about it so I decided to do a little research. Holy cow! Magnesium is important! And guess what…we just aren’t getting enough. One article I read said that nearly 80% of Americans are suffering from Magnesium deficiency. That is a lot! So why is this? Well part of the problem is that the food we eat is less nutritious than it was decades ago. As we try to enhance the production of crops the soil becomes depleted and isn’t given time to rest and recuperate. Plus businessmen are out there looking for cost saving ideas and creating their own hybrids that end up eliminating a portion of the nutrients. So we make sure we eat the right things, but we are still lacking.

Magnesium is responsible for activating our muscles and nerves, creating energy in our bodies, helping with digestion, helping with RNA and DNA, and helping with things like serotonin. So when you think about it that really is a lot. Just to show you how important Magnesium is here is a list of things that have been proven to be linked to a deficiency:

Anxiety and panic attack, asthma, blood clots, bowel diseases, cystitis (UTI or bladder infections), depression, detoxification (unable to detoxify properly and eliminate toxins and heavy metals), diabetes, fatigue, heart disease, hypertension, hypoglycemia, insomnia, kidney disease, liver disease, migraines, musculoskeletal conditions (fibromyalgia, cramps, chronic back pain, etc.), nerve problems, obstetrics and gynecology (PMS, infertility, and preeclampsia), osteoporosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, and tooth decay.

Now those are just beginning signs…what if it goes on longer?  Numbness and tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms. Serious right?

There are also factors that decrease Magnesium absorption like drinking too much caffeine and soda, menopause, older age, and having an unhealthy digestive system. There isn’t much you can do about old age, but you can certainly cut back on soda and caffeine. Eating Magnesium rich foods is also important. Things like dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds), fish (especially Mackerel), beans and lentils, whole grains (brown rice), avocados, low-fat dairy, bananas, dried fruit (figs), and dark chocolate. These are all good sources of Magnesium. So what else can we do to help with our Magnesium levels? Many people like to do Magnesium soaks, feet or whole body. You can buy Magnesium to use, but make sure you get the pure stuff from the Netherlands.

I didn’t know much about Magnesium, but I am glad I did some research. It is pretty important for our overall health. I hear of so many suffering from so many things on that list up there and I can’t help but wonder if a little Magnesium would do a lot of good!