Magnesium Deficiency Affects Most People
Posted at 12:00 - June 20th, 2019 - Education Guides
Magnesium is an essential mineral that the body must obtain through diet and/or supplementation. A dietary lifestyle based predominantly on the consumption of processed foods tends to result in insufficient magnesium. Foods that originally provided magnesium have become deficient due to soil degradation, mineral depletion and chemically-loaded farming practices.
Dr. Steven Hotze, founder of Hotze Health and Wellness Center in Katy, Texas, echoed this issue stating that magnesium deficiency most often occurs because it is no longer abundant in food sources. Hotze also notes that processing and cooking food reduces or depletes whatever level of magnesium is left. He suggests consuming foods that are unprocessed, non-GMO and organic in order to have the best chance of obtaining this important mineral.
The amount of magnesium needed by the body is greater that most people realize. The mineral is required for hundreds of enzyme and protein chemical reactions in the body. As a result, deficiency can show up in a wide range of symptoms, including:
Abnormal heart rhythms
Inability to relax
According to the Institutes of Health, there is increased awareness of the need for magnesium to help prevent, manage and potentially improve high blood pressure. Reports also indicate the possibility of magnesium’s role is helping prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Causes of Magnesium Deficiency
- Lack of magnesium in the diet due to pesticide use in growing food and mineral-depleted soils
- Predominance of processed carbohydrates (pastries, pasta, white flour products, etc.) in the diet
- Emotional stress
- Medications: diuretics, antibiotics, birth control pills, insulin, cortisone, etc.
- Frequent heavy exercise
- Diabetes and chronic digestion issues
- Excessive calcium supplied through synthetically-derived supplements and pasteurized dairy
- Use of non-food based calcium supplements made from limestone or calcium carbonate
- Relying on magnesium/calcium combination formulas to provide adequate, usable magnesium
Magnesium – “The Stress-management Mineral”
Stress contributes to magnesium depletion. Insufficient magnesium hinders energy production which causes fatigue and weakness. When a person feels stressed, hormones signal cells to release magnesium into the blood. From there, the mineral is excreted in urine. The more stressed a person becomes, the more magnesium is lost from the body. Sleep deprivation is a chronic stressor that can contribute to reduced magnesium levels.
In addition to the hundreds of enzymatic functions, magnesium is a critical catalyst for the repair and maintenance of numerous body systems and functions, including:
- Enzyme functions in digestion processes and throughout the body
- Energy production
- Healthy muscle function including regeneration, repair and ability to relax
- Muscles that cannot relax contribute to pain and increased inflammation
- Bone formation
- Cell regeneration and new cell creation
- Activates B Complex (vitamins) and D vitamins
- Provides critical support for the cardiovascular system, kidneys, adrenals, brain and nervous system
- Electrolyte balance
- Glucose metabolism
- Central nervous system processes including motor functions
Magnesium Versus Calcium
- Magnesium calms nerves while calcium excites them
- Calcium helps blood clot while magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely
- Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax after calcium causes them to contract
- Magnesium is required to metabolize calcium, but calcium is NOT required for magnesium to do its work
- Magnesium in calcium supplements is “on assignment” to facilitate calcium absorption; additional magnesium is needed for all the other body functions
- Magnesium works from inside the cell while calcium works outside of the cell
- Cellular damage occurs when magnesium levels are low and calcium levels are high
- Calcification of soft tissues causes arteries to lose flexibility and hinders the proper function of heart cells
- Too much calcium depletes magnesium and can build up in the body contributing to plaque, stone formation, bone spurs, etc.
- Too much magnesium does not build up and is eliminated through the bowels.
- “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” by Elson Haas, M.D.
- “Prescription for Herbal Healing” Phyllis A. Balch
- Life Extension, Research Division
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