Magnesium is a central building block for life on earth.
It’s the organising atom in chlorophyll, converting sunlight to energy in plants, and in the human body, magnesium is present in over 300 enzyme systems, regulating blood pressure, synthesising proteins, and monitoring muscle and nerve functions. By incorporating Magnesium into your everyday health routine you may experience alleviation of all kinds of ailments including chronic pain, insomnia, and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Many doctors and research scientists now believe that most chronic diseases may have the same root cause: inflammation. Chronic low-grade inflammation has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and even cancer. Chronic inflammation occurs when various cells in your body produce chemicals that cause wear and tear, inside your body. Essentially, inflammation causes oxidative damage to the cells and tissues, this will cause you to age more rapidly and put you at risk of serious diseases.
How? Magnesium modulates the cellular events that are involved in inflammation, and a deficiency in this minerals has been linked to inflammation. Magnesium quite literally puts a halt to inflammation, therefore, an increase in your body’s concentration of magnesium causes a decrease in the inflammatory response.
"Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease," says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and Medical Advisory Board member of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association (www.nutritionalmagnesium.org), "and the decades-long attempt to treat this condition with statin drugs has failed, because the true cause is inflammation."
Inflammation raises your risk of almost every serious disease. If you want to protect your health, you’d better keep inflammation at bay. Raising your magnesium level helps to protect your body from the destructive effects of inflammation.
According to New York Times best-selling author and doctor Joseph Mercola, DO, "We are all going to die at some point, but if you're deficient in magnesium you may wind up dying sooner rather than later. As new research in atherosclerosis1 found, low serum magnesium levels are associated with higher all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality, adding to growing research supporting the importance of adequate magnesium."
We now know there are many lifestyle factors that leach magnesium from the body, one of the biggies is phosphates - most dark coloured soda/soft drinks contain them. Phosphates bind with magnesium inside the digestive tract, making it unavailable to the body. So even if you are eating a balanced diet, by drinking soda drinks with your meals you are flushing magnesium out of your system and increasing inflammation.
Which factors raise inflammation in your body? The following factors may all be responsible:
- Lack of sleep
- Deficiency of omega 3 fats in the diet
- Magnesium deficiency
- Lack of fresh vegetables in the diet
- Food allergy or intolerance
- Diets high in sugar, alcohol, gluten and omega 6 fats
- Some medications and caffeine interfere with the absorption of Mg
In most people, the overwhelming cause of excessive inflammation in their body is poor diet choices. Not all signs of inflammation are obvious - fatigue, low mood and pain are classic indicators that there’s too much inflammation in your body.
If you or someone you know suffers from chronic inflammation, perhaps a magnesium deficiency is to blame. Regular use of magnesium sprays and soaks are a fast, easy and safe way to get an idea.
1. Reffelmann, T., T. Ittermann, M. Dorr, H. Volzke, M. Reinthaler, A. Petersmann, S. B. Felix. "Low Serum Magnesium Concentrations Predict Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality." Atherosclerosis 219, no. 1 (November 2011): 280–84. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.05.038
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