One of the top 5 minerals needed in the body is Magnesium. 50% of the Mg is stored in the bones. About 49% of the rest is dispersed throughout the body.And that measly 1%? It is in the blood, and the body works very hard to maintain that just 1%.
So how does MG work for the body?
Energy-Metabolism,Blood Sugar levels,Protein Synthesis,Blood Pressure levels
Muscle, Nerve,Bone Immune system
Lets say it this way…. MG is needed in every part of the functioning of the body.
Deficiency of magnesium affects the body in too many ways:
- Musculo Skeletal: muscles use potassium and sodium to contract and relax. Calcium is the catalyst for contraction. Magnesium is the catalyst for relaxation. Without MG the muscle can not relax. chronic fatigue, weakness, muscle spasm (that twitching eye) tremors, restlessness Magnesium Calcium and other nutrients provide strength in the bones, without MG- osteoporosis
- Nerve /Neurological -Nervous tissue, nerve conduction, becomes impaired with MG deficiency. Weakness, fatigue, and tremors,migraines, noise and pain sensitivity can be the result.
- Psychiatric: poor memory, headache and trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiety, sadness, depression, premenstrual tension, confusion, personality change and bipolar disorders.
- Cardiovascular Disease: heart arteries USE MG. The heart, a muscle, needs MG for relaxation. Poor heart action leads to hypertension. Artery walls do not relax causing constriction of arteries, force heart to pump harder, stress heart, heart attack. MG deficient= hypertension, cardiac dysrhythmias and myocardial ischemia
- Endocrine: MG is a messenger for insulin, the secretion and function of insulin. MG plays a major role in control of blood sugar levels. Insulin and blood sugar issues lead to diabetes. The endocrine assists in turning blood sugar into energy, metabolism.
- Digestion: Proper muscle movement is essential to moving the esophagus, stomach, intestines, without ‘movement’ , constipation, nausea, vomiting.
- Parathyroid: Thyroid needs calcium to function, calcium needs magnesium to be absorbed and used correctly. Those with hypothyroidism are low in magnesium, there IS a link.
Magnesium is absorbed mostly in the midsection of the intestines, magnesium binds to fat, IF one has celiac or any digestive issue that causes one to NOT absorb fat correctly, that magnesium is passed out of the body with the unabsorbed fat.
Low levels of magnesium in blood may mean that there is not enough magnesium in the diet, the intestines are not absorbing enough magnesium, or the kidneys are excreting too much magnesium. Deficiencies may be due to the following conditions:
Medications; diuretics, some antibiotics,
Excess; calcium, saturated fats, coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, sugar, salt.
Insufficient: water consumption, vitamin D, Vitamin B6, selenium
Gastro issues: Celiac, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, Whipples disease
Renal magnesium loss, kidney malfunction
Acute myocardial Infarction
Milk diet in infants
Hydrogen fluoride poisoning
All of these are related, caused by the other, a symptom of which cause another symptom. Vicious cycle
Did you realize a tremor, osteoporosis, Chronic Fatigue, diabetes, heart attack, migraine, high blood pressure, constipation are all symptoms? That possibly changing your diet, maybe just removing wheat you could cure yourself? Just maybe…..