Do you know that only one nutrient can have a great impact on your health in general? The standard American diet has been dramatically changed over the years, thus leading to a wide array of health problems that are rarely detected on time.
In fact, certain nutrient deficiencies have become quite common nowadays. Moreover, magnesium deficiency is definitely the most common nutrient deficiency, which affects about half of the U.S. population.
Why Is Magnesium an Important Mineral for Relaxation?
Magnesium is a mineral included in almost each body process, from optimal muscle function and muscle relaxation to proper nerve function. Specifically, the mineral is involved in around 300 biochemical processes and plays a crucial role in creating energy that makes it extremely important for all cellular functions and processes.
It is present in all body tissues, but mainly in the brain, muscles, and bones. Magnesium is needed for the cells to create energy, for various chemical pumps to work, to relax muscles, and to stabilize membranes.
Additionally, the mineral can decrease pain related to migraine headaches, lower muscle tension, improve sleep, reduce stress, and fight neurological disorders.
It is actually the most potent relaxation mineral available. Many doctors typically use intravenous magnesium if a patient is dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia. Doctors also give their patients a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate or milk of magnesia if someone is constipated or needs to prepare for colonoscopy.
Pregnant women with high blood pressure, seizures, or pre-term labor also receive continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.
In short, magnesium is crucial to maintaining overall health and well-being.
If you think you may be suffering from magnesium deficiency, be aware of the following symptoms:
Increase intracellular calcium
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Growth retardation or “failure to thrive” (among children)
Involuntary eye movements and vertigo
Nausea and Vomiting
Anorexia or loss of appetite
Impaired memory and cognitive function
Magnesium deficiency has also been linked to inflammation, which is considered to be the root cause of many diseases. One study found that “inflammatory indicators in the body such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF (tumor necrosis factor alpha), and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced when magnesium intake was increased.” Inflammation that was found within the artery walls was also reduced with magnesium.
Here are some tips on how to stop draining your body of Magnesium.
– Limit your intake of caffeine, salt, alcohol and sugar.
– Take up relaxing practices such as meditation, journaling, and deep breathing to reduce stress.
– Avoid eating junk food and increase your intake of whole foods.
– Soak up in epsom salt baths.
Making these lifestyle changes isn’t going to be easy but it’s definitely worth it!