The holidays are filled with celebration and joy but also bring about stress. We let down our guard at parties, overindulging in food and alcohol and not getting enough sleep. Spending money, traveling and even being with family, all lead to stress. Stress drains our body of essential minerals. The most important mineral is also the most overlooked; magnesium.Magnesium calms the muscles, including heart rate. Eighty-percent of Americans are magnesium deficient but doctors ignore this fact and instead give us medicines to mask the symptoms, leading to the loss of even more magnesium. It’s a bad cycle.
On top of that, the serum testing that most doctors use to determine magnesium levels is “worthless” according to the “Magnesium Man,” Morley Robbins, a former hospital administrator and current wellness coach who runs the “magnesium advocacy group,” on Facebook with 43,000 members and gotmag.org website.
He is following in the footsteps of Dr. Caroline Dean, “Magnesium Miracle,” author. Dr. Dean says that there are few side effects in taking magnesium supplements, other than a possible laxative effect, And since 80-percent of Americans have issues with constipation, this may not be a bad thing.
Constipation is only one sign of a magnesium deficiency. Cramps, twitching, spasms or headaches of any kind, anxiety, fear, heart palpitations, bone weakness, diabetes or imbalanced blood sugar, low energy or adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia and muscle pain can all be signs of low magnesium levels in the body.
When metabolic issues arise, such as high cholesterol or blood sugar, you will most likely be given medication. Both Mr. Robbins and Dr. Dean believe “all medications will lower magnesium levels,” whether they are statin drugs to lower cholesterol, pain medication for arthritis or anti-anxiety medication.
In addition, fluoride is added to medications such as antibiotics and fluoride binds to magnesium, effectively eliminating it from the body. In reality, these medications can make the problem worse.
Obviously, it’s not as easy as taking one magnesium supplement per day and all of your problems will be solved. However, taking 500mg of magnesium, or the RDI recommended daily intake, probably wouldn’t be a bad thing, unless you’re in hospital with a heart block, kidney failure or bowel obstruction.
Check with your doctor before taking any supplements but also, do your own research. Most doctors don’t talk about minerals, but, make no mistake about it, they are essential. Big pharma cannot patent minerals so their importance sometimes falls by the wayside in the allopathic medical system.
Our bodies are a delicate balance, thrown off easily by many factors. Minerals run the adrenal glands and it’s important to look at the relationship of sodium to magnesium to know how well the adrenals are working, as well as calcium to magnesium for blood sugar and calcium to potassium for thyroid function. These ratios, and more, determine our metabolic function.
Mr. Robbins looks at the stress pattern of individuals and how effectively they can make energy in the face of that stress pattern. Disease starts with stress and the inability to make energy. Instead of medications, his corrective actions include stress management, diet and supplements.
If someone is in a fearful state (which may also be an indicator of low sodium) they are given benzos or what he calls the “most toxic chemical on the planet,” which reverses the wiring of the brain forever and does nothing to correct the mineral imbalance that created the emotional state of fear and anxiety. “Medications are reinforcing mineral loss,” he said in one video interview I watched online.
According to Mr. Robbins, calcium and vitamin D are over-used. He claims that Vitamin D is actually a hormone and people are taking way too much of it, as it too can throw us off balance. Especially women are told to take calcium but, unlike magnesium, we can easily get enough through our diets. Bone broth, from grass-fed beef bones, is an excellent source of calcium. Too much calcium can lead to inflammation, whereas magnesium is an anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin A is needed to make ceruloplasmin, a copper carrying protein in the blood, which you can get from grass-fed butter, free-range eggs, bacon that has had a natural diet and the sun. Things we are told to avoid.
Calcium blocks copper absorption in the gut. Copper is another thing that we are told is bad but it is needed for the production of 30 enzymes, ATP for energy, neurotransmitters, healthy gut tissue, body temperature regulation and a healthy immune system.
Alcohol burns out magnesium, zinc and B vitamins. The liver is no longer able to make ceruloplasmin and copper goes rogue, unable to make the necessary dopamine, reinforcing sugar cravings. Alcohol is the fastest sugar on earth so again, it’s a vicious cycle.
Also, high doses of vitamin C as ascorbic acid turns copper unusable. We should get vitamin C from whole foods. Ideally, we should get all of our nutrients from food, but as we know, our food has changed so much over the years that what most Americans consider “food” is not even real food.
Mr. Robbins has two rules defining what you should eat. Number one is: “Would your great-grandmother recognize this as food and if not why are you eating it?” Number two is: “Do the ingredients in this product read like a recipe? If not, go back to number one.”
Because our soil is so depleted of minerals, so is our food and so are we. Even organic food may not contain a lot of minerals unless the farmer uses rock dust, a magnesium fertilizer. “We’re lucky enough to get 200 mg of magnesium from our diets,” said Dr. Dean in another video I watched on the subject.
Magnesium rich foods include seafood, kelp, oysters, whole grains, buckwheat, millet, rice, cashews, almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, avocados, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables and raw cocoa.
Sixty-percent of magnesium is in the bones, 39-percent is in the soft tissues, mostly the heart, and only 1-percent is found in the blood, which is why the serum blood tests are not a good measure.
Mr. Robbins uses hair analysis to test for minerals in the body, a “vastly superior” method to urine or serum blood testing. Another type of testing is the MagRBC (red blood cells) which anyone can order through the website requestatest.com for $49 with a turnaround time of three days. The ideal test result is 6.5.
There are different types of magnesium, including malate, taurate, chelate, oxalate, glycinate, citrate, orotate. The quickest, cheapest and easiest way to get magnesium into the body is to take a bath with epsom salts, magnesium sulfate. Buy the most “bioavailable” magnesium supplement possible. Trial and error may be involved in choosing the right type for you. Mr. Robbins recommends Anderson’s concentrated mineral drops, from the Great Salt Lake in Utah, as another good way to start getting magnesium.
Magnesium cofactors include B6 which helps get magnesium inside cells and bicarbonate which helps get magnesium inside mitochondria, the energy factories, as well as the above-mentioned calcium.
In the midst of all the holiday festivities, if you find yourself feeling trapped in a state of anxiety, remember your body instinctively releases magnesium, which can set the stage for bigger metabolic issues. In this case, it might be best to replace what you have lost. Take an epsom salt bath, a few drops of lavender if you like, breathe deeply and relax.