Racing fans know the names Hinchcliffe, Montoya and Power, but most people couldn’t name their favorite driver’s crew chief, even though the crew chief’s efforts are just as important to the overall success of the team. Magnesium is your body’s racing crew chief, involved in over 300 functions within the body, and necessary for regulating a variety of important biochemical reactions.
Magnesium is involved in protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, bone development, energy production, and the maintenance of normal heart rate. Magnesium also helps to regulate glucose and blood pressure.
Without enough dietary magnesium, the risk of illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis all increase. Less serious, but still troubling is the increased risk for muscle cramps and spasms. If you suffer from frequent muscle cramps, it might be a sign that you are magnesium deficient.
Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is often hard to diagnose, as only 1% of the body’s total magnesium store lies in the blood stream, so determining magnesium deficiency requires more than just a simple blood test. Chronic stress can also cause magnesium deficiency, as stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium, which can quickly deplete magnesium stores. Stressful experiences can therefore contribute to magnesium deficiency, and with the pace and stresses of modern life, it’s no wonder that an estimated 60% of North Americans are at least somewhat magnesium deficient.
So, how does one ensure that they are getting enough magnesium? Magnesium is found in a variety of foods including nuts and legumes, leafy greens and whole grains. Some fortified high-fibre flours are also rich in magnesium. If you avoid eating vegetables and whole grains, you might not be getting enough magnesium.
People suffering from inflammatory bowel disease or Celiac disease, whose bodies aren’t able to readily absorb the nutrients in their food can be mas deficient. Diabetics may also suffer from insufficient levels of magnesium due to impaired kidney function. Older adults may have lower levels of magnesium because they become less able to absorb it from their food and also see a decline in how well their kidneys work over time.
With magnesium playing such a vital role in the body, it’s important to ensure that you have enough. If you are in any doubt, a magnesium supplement like Natural Calm is a great way to top up your dietary magnesium levels and ensure your body functions as well as it can. Ask your BodyMend health professional about adding a magnesium supplement to your treatment options.
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