It does not matter what your doctor calls it, Celiac, Gluten Intolerance (GOOD doctors know this is the cause) or IBS, GERD, IBD, Crohns, Ulcers. It does not matter if you have lost parts of your digestive system to cancer, stomach stapeling, intestinal removal, ulcers etc. If you have a diagnosis of anything that involves your digestive system not being 100% perfect, then you are NOT absorbing all of the magnesium your body needs.
Magnesium is ESSENTIAL for the body to function properly. Other nutrients ‘use’ magnesium to do what they do. Body organs ‘feed’ off of magnesium to do what they do. Magnesium is digested in the stomach, then absorbed in the small intestine, through the villi, into the capillaries of the small intestine. What magnesium is not absorbed through small intestine literally becomes waste. Wasted. The kidney plays a huge part in the ‘distribution’ of magnesium, it basically recycles the magnesium that is first absorbed by the intestine. IF any is absorbed.
Magnesium is absorbed with vitamin D. And visa versa. You are not getting enough D nor magnesium if you are Celiac, , have Crohn’s, cystic fibrosis, or anything that causes malabsorption of fat soluble vitamins. If you are obese,or have low kidney function. If you don’t get enough sun, cover up from the sun, wear sunscreen. If you have dark skin, you do not have enough magnesium, nor D.
Over 300 biochemical processes in the body depend on Magnesium. Half of all the magnesium in the body is found in the bones. Bones- Muscles- Nerves. What part of your body is not a bone, muscle or connected to a nerve? Other nutrients NEED magnesium to mix with before they can do their work. Calcitonin, which us used to produce calcium needs magnesium to ‘make’. Magnesium controls the acidity in blood. Neuromuscular activities of the heart are dependent on magnesium, regular heartbeat, blood pressure.
Common signs of magnesium deficency, which are NOT treated commonly with magnesium:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Muscle Spasm
- Back ache
- Urinary Spasms,
- Menstrual cramps
- Swallowing difficulties
- Muscle tension in ear- loud noise sensitivity
- cardiac arrhythmias
- mitral valve prolapse
- high blood pressure
- Numbness, tingling of extremities
- Bipolar disorders
- Migraine headaches,
- Diabetes (Magnesium is a co-factor for over 100 enzymes involved in the control of blood sugar and glucose metabolism.)
- Salt cravings, and carb craving and intolerance are symptoms of needing a shot of magnesium.
This is to name a FEW. You MUST have magnesium to function.
The good news: Magnesium can be taken by pill. Magnesium is in foods we all like-
Spinach, green beans, almonds, navy beans, cashews, brown rice, quinoa, lima beans, oats, tuna,shrimp,raspberries, squash,strawberies,mushrooms, cauliflower,watermelon, eggplant….
The bad news : taking supplements, or eating these wonderful foods will not help you at all. If you have any digestive issue at all,(and you do) your gut is damaged and you will not be absorbing magnesium as you should. You will still be defecient of magnesium, no matter how many watermelons you eat. Because you eat wheat.(which happens to be in the list of magnesium sources, ironic isn’t it) Wheat gluten will inhibit or completely stop the absorbption of magnesium into your body. Wheat Gluten is not digestible by any human. Wheat gluten will interfere with absorbing magnesium. Period.
The GREAT news. You can be well very very soon, with no medications. You can absorb magnesium as you should. You just quit eating wheat. It really is as easy as I type it. Just stop eating wheat-