We are bombarded with commercials, articles, products and reasons why we NEED Calcium. And I agree. We do! Calcium is important in many ways - however Magnesium in my opinion is almost more important after you educate yourself on the role it plays in our body - physically and mentally!
A few ways that Magnesium works behind the scenes to help our bodies:
- Helps regulate blood sugar levels
- Relaxes our blood vessels (blood pressure)
- Helps with bowel activity
- Helps the Heart muscle do it's job (prevention of stroke, heart attacks, helps with abnormal heart rhythms)
- Helps with ADHD
- Bone and teeth formation
- Muscle cramps
- Natural blood thinner
A Few Basics:
Dark Chocolate ☺
Dark leafy greens
Almonds/Almond Butter, Cashews, Pine Nuts (make your own trail mix!)
Epsom Salt (Natural source of Magnesium)
You can also take a bath using once or twice a week in Epsom Salts( 1 cup to bath water) to soothe aches and encourage relaxation while your skin absorbs magnesium or a soothing footsoak (1/2 cup Epsom Salts) in cool or warm water depending on the weather outside! Also helps with foot odor.
Supplementing is fine too, but stick to the basics with dosages. For Females over age 14 about 300mg per day and Men about 400mg per day. If you have any Kidney problems or health issues you really need to check with your doctor before taking on any added Magnesium. Too much is not a good thing either!
I still prefer food or natural sources for my Magnesium so not to have to worry about getting too much..however a blood test is great to know where you stand. Some people are dangerously low and this is one sure way to find out! My doctor will even give Magnesium in an IV if really low...so if you have symtoms of possible deficiency, get a simple blood test to be sure..
Even Dr Oz has made mention of how important Magnesium is in our bodies!
Needless to say I don't want you to take my word for it! As always I encourage you to educate yourself on your options and what your body may benefit from. This is one of many informative books out there, but a great place to start for anyone interested.