Magnesium had many health benefits.  Magnesium is my Mineral SuperFood.  Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function and just happens to be my mineral of choice.  I believe adding magnesium into your diet does the most good for many common health issues.  What really is Magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant (Source).

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis (Source).

There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  Magnesium is recommended in digestive disorders, respiratory problems, arthritis, gout, cancer.  Magnesium may also provide protection from a number of chronic diseases, especially those associated with aging and stress.

Magnesium can be found in certain foods.

Foods containing Magnesium:

Cereals (corn, barley, maize), green leafy vegetables, spinach, potatoes, beet, pollen,  bananas, figs, dates, almonds and nuts, peanut butter, whole grains (not refined grains like white flour).

I mentioned a few of my health struggles in this post.  You can probably guess that I was also severely deficient in Magnesium.  I had many of the negative symptoms.  The first superfood my holistic pediatrician put my son (at 5 months old) on was a strong probiotic.  The second supplement he put my son on was Cod Liver Oil.  And the third supplement he recommended my son take was Magnesium Powder.  You can probably the guess that the doctor looked me straight in the eye and told me that I needed to add these to my diet immediately.  What did I do? I went right to the health food store and bought all 3.

Immediately my son was calmer, had regular bowel movements, and stopped getting the baby colds every month.  I believe his immune system was saying THANK YOU MOMMY 🙂 Even though I was still breastfeeding, my son was severely deficient because my DIET (and my body) was deficient.  Something I learn over and over with natural healing is that we inherit our parents conditions (physical, mental, emotional). This is very evident in both my sons…in different ways.

My favorite part of any discussion is always the healing part.  How does Magnesium Heal?

11 Miraculous Ways Magnesium Heals Your Mind & Body
1. Better sleep– The sleep regulating hormone melatonin is disturbed when Magnesium is deficient.  Magnesium brings balance and controls stress hormones. Stress and tension are often reasons why people suffer from insomnia in the first place.
2. Relaxes the nervous system Serotonin, which relaxes the nervous system and elevates mood, is dependent on Magnesium.
3. Bigger, stronger muscles– Magnesium allows the body to produce more Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which is a major contributor to the growth and strength of muscles. Furthermore, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the cell’s energy store, and is created with help from Magnesium.
4. Better flexibility Magnesium loosens tight muscles. Without Magnesium, muscles do not relax properly and cramps occur. Magnesium is important for flexibility, because low Magnesium results in a buildup of lactic acid, causing pain and tightness.
5. Bone integrity and strength Magnesium helps to fix calcium properly. It may blow some people’s mind that the calcium supplements they’re taking are not only useless, but are actually contributing to osteoporosis! There are actually about eighteen essential nutrients that contribute to bone health; Magnesium is definitely one of the most essential, because it stimulates a particular hormone called calcitonin. And, it also suppresses a hormone called parathyroid that breaks down bone.
6. Remineralizes teeth Magnesium deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorous and calcium in saliva, which damages teeth.
7. Alkalizes the body – Magnesium helps return the body’s pH balance. Magnesium reduces lactic acid, which is partly responsible for post-exercise pain (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
8. Hydrates – Magnesium is a necessary electrolyte essential for proper hydration.
9. Helps to relieve constipation – Magnesium can be used to cleanse the bowels of toxins.
10. Enzyme function – Enzymes are protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body. Magnesium is required to make hundreds of these enzymes work and assists with thousands of others.
11. Diabetes – Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, which facilitates sugar metabolism. Without Magnesium, glucose is not able to transfer into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood, causing various types of tissue damage, including the nerves in the eyes.
~Thanks to Health Remedies on Facebook for the list.  So what do you think about the healing powers of Magnesium? It has changed my family’s health.  You can always try to eat more Magnesium rich foods, but I find that most people need to supplement their diet to notice a real change.

The powdered Magnesium Calm is a great option.  Add it to warm water right before bed.  It helps with falling asleep and relaxation.  There is also a kids powder form.  Magnesium gel can be found at the health food store and rubbed right onto the skin.  An easy way to increase your intake of this important mineral.  I love the gel.  Always follow the dosage instructions.

Our favorite brand of Magnesium Gel, Lotion, and Bath flakes can be found HERE.

Hope you start your healing journey today and add my favorite SUPERFOODS into your diet.  You will be happy with the results….

GreenBootGirl

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