Monday, December 16, 2013

Magnesium… Do you get enough?



Not many people are aware of the huge role magnesium plays in our system. Magnesium is the most important mineral in our body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. 
 
Deficiency in Magnesium is often diagnosed incorrectly because it does not show up in blood tests. One percent of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood. There happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes. 
Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. Magnesium deficiency can affect every system of the body.
If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied; the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, and osteoporosis as well as slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6, magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.
Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcaemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia). Magnesium levels drop at night, leading to poor REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycles and unrefreshed sleep. 

Oral magnesium supplements reduce erythrocyte dehydration. In general, optimal balances of electrolytes are necessary to maintain the best possible hydration. Diabetic thirst is initiated specifically by magnesium deficiency with relative calcium excess in the cells. Even water, our most basic nutrient starts having a hard time getting into the cells with more going out through the kidneys.

Magnesium is a critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. It is an essential piece of our organic structure. Some sources include: nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, beans and lentils, dark chocolate, dried fruits, bananas and avocados. Stick to whole foods vs supplementation for optimization.

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals when considering its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Like water, we need magnesium every day.
Let’s do our best and make Magnesium a part of our healthy, active lifestyles... OSU! ~ 

Written  by : Michael Milosiewicz

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