Doctors often call this the ‘master mineral’ because deficiency in it can cause high blood pressure, muscle spasms, anxiety, constipation and a host of other health conditions.
Am I deficient?
- Do you drink caffeine, alcohol and/or carbonated drinks?
- Do you take asthma medication, diuretics, birth control pills or heart medication?
- Do you have high levels of stress?
- Do you eat produce from depleted soil (we are all highly likely of this)
If you have answered yes to even just one of these you are most likely deficient in magnesium.
Data show that:
- Over 80% of us are deficient in magnesium
- But blood tests cannot catch this deficiency as only 1% of this mineral is in our blood
Why is there a deficiency?
Magnesium is an essential mineral responsible for carrying out over 300 roles in the body, including protein synthesis, energy production, bone formation, and muscle relaxation.
But due to modern intensive farming methods our top soils have been stripped of increasing amounts of nutrients from the soil.
A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. There are many other studies that support these findings.
However it's not only farming methods that are depleting our magnesium and mineral levels. Our modern day diet that is high in sugar, salt, and protein accelerates magnesium loss. It takes 287 molecules of magnesium to break down just 1 molecule of glucose!
Modern Stress Levels
Mental and emotional stress increases levels of adrenaline and cortisol and magnesium is needed to balance this out. At the same time, physical stress from toxins and foreign chemicals require magnesium to help remove them.
How do we replenish our magnesium levels?
- We can take magnesium supplements, but be sure to choose natural and easily absorbable ones.
- One of the best ways to absorb magnesium is through our skin through a salt water bath. Foot soaks with high quality and pure salts are a great way to relax after a long day.
Salus Magnesium (Here)
Highly absorbable magnesium derived from fruits, herbs and vegetables. Drink it as is or mix with water or juice.
Lavender Kneipp Bath Salt (Here)
Soak your feet or body in this balancing and calming bath salt. Kneipp salts are taken from Europe’s oldest underground salt mine and are higher in magnesium, calcium and other nourishing minerals.
Written By Denise Tam, Holistic Nutritionist