The Health Benefits of Magnesium

By Rebecca Carden — August 11, 2014

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Magnesium deficiency affects at least 68% of us according to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Translation? Two out of every three people suffers from magnesium deficiency. Holy Moly!

Magnesium is the eighth most abundant mineral on earth. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. The health benefits of magnesium on the body are numerous as are the implications of not getting enough.

Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon adequate magnesium levels.

The brain and heart contain the greatest concentration of magnesium, which makes sense as these are two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, activity that needs magnesium to happen!

Think of it like the internet, crappy internet infrastructure makes for super slow browsing and frozen pages or in human form, brain fog and slow processing time.

So what does magnesium deficiency look like?

  • Anxiety, depression or restlessness
  • Muscle soreness or spasms
  • PMS
  • Inability to manage stress
  • Headaches
  • Heart “flutters” or palpitations
  • Fatigue or unusual tiredness
  • Coldness in your extremities
  • Fuzzy brain or poor concentration
  • Lack of appetite
  • Bad short term memory
  • Poor coordination
  • Insulin resistance
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Constipation
  • Frequent cavities or poor dental health
  • Gut disorders
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How do we get a magnesium deficiency in the first place?

Well there is no surprise that the food we eat has a pretty big impact on our magnesium uptake.

Excess caffeine consumption, a sugar laden diet, processed food, alcohol and mass produced, farmed produce using poorly maintained soil are all key contributors to developing a deficiency.

Most modern farming processes tax the soil, depleting it of its natural magnesium. On top of that, many plant hybrids are selectively bred to survive low levels of magnesium and most conventional fertilisers use nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, and do nothing to replenish magnesium levels. That’s why eating organic produce is so beneficial because the soil quality is recognised as being crucial to plant production and it is looked after much better.

Additionally, drugs like birth control pills, hypertension medicine, diuretics, insulin, and certain antibiotics (among others) deplete magnesium levels.

If you’re gluten-intolerant or know you have other digestive issues like leaky gut, then chances are you’re simply not absorbing enough magnesium from your food.

How you can fix it!

Make sure you eat magnesium rich foods which is exactly what My Goodness Organics provide!

Every day our nutritionally dense meals give you plenty of the ingredients below for healthy mineral levels to keep your body strong.

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Dark, leafy greens
  • Black Beans
  • Almonds
  • Brown Rice
  • Flax Seed
  • Cashews
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Raw Cacao (It’s no surprise that ladies crave chocolate around that time of the month. Good quality dark chocolate is laden with magnesium which helps alleviate cramping and PMS.)

As you can see, these are all amazing, plant based sources rich in magnesium that can help replenish and stabilise your magnesium levels.

So remember, next time you’re feeling the brain fog or experience cramping, load up on the foods above OR let My Goodness Organics take the guess work out of it and keep your magnesium levels strong and vital all the time.

You can read more research about the health benefits of magnesium here.

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