Newsflash: You’re deficient in magnesium and calcium!
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition says that 68% of Americans are Magnesium deficient. Many more experts think that number is low and more like 80-90% of us are dangerously low on magnesium, which is critical to our health.
Signs of magnesium deficiency: low energy, anxiety, inability to sleep, weak bones, PMS, hormonal imbalances, irritability, nervousness, headaches, muscle tension, depression, fatigue, chronic pain and constipation, just to name a few.
The Real Cause of Morning Sickness?
It also believed to be a major player in the real cause of morning sickness and high blood pressure in pregnancy…I must have missed that memo! (I had horrible morning sickness with all four babies and was pre-eclamptic and pregnancy hypertensive in two pregnancies)
You Can’t Absorb
The problem with magnesium deficiency is that it can also cause malabsorption of other nutrients, one of the most important being calcium. Magnesium and Calcium need to be taken together at a ratio of 2:1 in order to properly absorb calcium.
While the all of the nutrition Nazis are pushing calcium on you, you’re not even able to absorb it. In fact, many Americans actually take in more calcium than they need, but are not able to assimilate it properly. So what happens to all that extra calcium lying around?
Kidney Stones, Anyone?
Think kidney stones, calcified arteries and excess calcium being stored in muscles and bones causing arthritis and osteoporosis. Say, wha?? I thought calcium helped those things? It does, IF you have enough magnesium to help you actually absorb the calcium.
Our ancestors ate much less dairy (calcium) than we do today and their intake of magnesium (nuts, seeds, nutrient dense grains, vegetables and even their water) was much higher. The combination of our grains being refined, food being deficient due to improper land management and growing practices, as well as over-consumption of sugar and caffeine, sets us up for disaster. Sugar, alcohol and caffeine all cause increased excretion of magnesium through urine.
So, just for poops and giggles, let’s re-cap:
- Your food is deficient, so you don’t consume enough magnesium.
- You eat too much calcium, but can’t absorb it because you don’t have enough magnesium.
- Your body stores the calcium in its tissues and actually causes the diseases you’re trying to prevent by taking the extra calcium.
- You drink alcohol, gob on sugar and suck down Dr. Pepper all day, so your body is peeing out any shred of magnesium you may have gotten through food or supplements.
You’re depressed, you’re in pain, you can’t sleep or poop and you don’t want to have sex. What do you do?
- Make a concerted effort to eat foods high in Magnesium. (see graphic below)
- Make and drink my signature Coconut Hot Cacao in the morning instead of coffee or tea. (or Dr. Pepper…)
- Stop going to the bar, sucking down Diet Coke and gobbing on ice cream at night. (no alcohol, sugar or caffeine)
Buy some magnesium flakes and make the magnesium oil listed below. It’s SO simple! Transdermally (through skin) is the very best way to quickly assimilate magnesium and correct your deficiency. This is what I use: (affiliate link)
Take a high quality magnesium and calcium supplement. This is the one my whole family takes – even the kids. It has to correct ratio of magnesium to calcium so you don’t have to worry about it. (affiliate link)
- 1/2 Cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- 1/2 Cup Distilled Water (I use Reverse Osmosis filtered water)
- 1 Cup of sunny disposition and good attitude
- 1. Bring your water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- 2. Pour in magnesium flakes and stir until dissolved.
- 3. Smile and sing while stirring.
- 4. Cool completely and pour into a glass spray bottle. (See below for where to buy)
- Spray yourself with 15-20 squirts per day and rub in thoroughly. *See notes below for more details on use.
Buy your super-cool cobalt glass spray bottle here:
A few provisos about magnesium oil:
- It’s actually not an oil at all, but has an oily feel when dissolved in water.
Don’t eat it, drink it, lick it off yourself or others. It tastes nasty.
It will tingle or itch the first few times you put it on. This is temporary and stops after 2-3 uses.
If you start putting it on a new body part, the process of tingling starts over. I always rub it on my mid-section. (accidentally rubbed it on my butt without thinking the other day and let’s just say I was a little wiggly for a few minutes)
I put it on after baths or showers when my pores are big and ready to soak it in.
It’s okay for young people, old farts and everyone in between.
Don’t worry about over-dose. The worst symptom of magnesium over-dose is diarrhea. If you’re hittin’ the mag hard and get the runs, back off it a little bit and you’ll be fine.
Magnesium flakes are different than Epsom Salts. (although Epsom Salts are another good way to get magnesium transdermally – take a nice, hot bath with 2 cups of Epsom Salts. It helps with aches and pains, magnesium absorption as well as heavy metal detoxification)
Improvements You May Experience from Magnesium Supplementation:
Lower Blood Pressure
- Improvement in symptoms relating to depression and anxiety
Higher sex drive (um, yes please!)
Less stress and anger – ability to handle stress better
Happier (who doesn’t want to be happier?)
- More energy
Healthier skin, hair and nails
Correction or improvement in hormonal imbalances
Relief from migraines
Improvement in Heart related problems
Improvement in Fibromyalgia
Well, it seems like a joke and too good to be true, but I promise you, it works! I’ve seen major changes in my health since intentionally upping my intake of magnesium.
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