After oxygen, water and basic food, this might just be the most important element necessary for basic health…
For a few months now I haven’t been feeling my energetic self, a bit slower to jump out of bed, and to be honest… a little ‘snappier’ and more irritable with my family! Not good – it has been plaguing my mind a little, ‘I’m a health coach, I look after myself, this can’t be right, what’s going on? ‘ Then I experimented with Magnesium, or I should say Mighty Magnesium. In this newsletter I share what I’ve learnt, and if you’re looking for an internal Spring Clean or some kitchen inspiration ‘In the kitchen with Kate’ is kicking off in October, check out the details.
I’ve always known about the importance of magnesium. It’s one of the first minerals I mention to clients and talk about in presentations – and I’ve taken a supplement before but really didn’t notice any difference, until recently.
Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies and our joi de vivre. Also known as the ‘nerve mineral’, Magnesium is without a doubt one of the most important minerals in the body. It’s not only pivotal in preventing heart disease, it also prevents diabetes by helping the body properly regulate sugar metabolism, and is a precursor to serotonin production, our happy hormone. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element we need; critically important, yet hardly known. The benefits of magnesium are enormous and yet most people are magnesium deficient!
Bare with me as I get ‘technical’ for just a second and demonstrate just how important this power mineral is.
It is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It has a vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilisation of fats and carbohydrates i.e. all three macronutrients. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body. Holy Wow!
Because of it’s wide use in the body, along with the fact we’re consuming less of it in our diets generally, we can very quickly become deficient in it. Add in a bit of stress along the way, antibiotics or medications, coffee, alcohol or nutrient depleted foods and some of the following symptoms start to sound familiar.
Magnesium is found in varying levels in nuts, wholegrains, dark green vegetables, fish and meat. Rich sources include pumpkin and sunflower seeds, sea vegetables and my favourites, bone broth and cacao.
While whole foods are the ideal way to get magensium, the difficulty is our soils have become very depleted and no longer provide the levels we generally require, particularly in Western Australia.
For me, I’ve been adding Epsom Salts into my bath and the kids bath and using it topically, (a.k.a. transdermally) which seems to have been very effective. In the past week I’ve noticed my energy levels improve, my clarity of thought sharper, less irritable and it’s easier jumping out of bed again!! It’s made a difference. If you feel somethings’ not quite right, it might be worthwhile experimenting with this miracle mineral.
“Magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.”, Dr Norman Shealy
I’d love to hear if you’ve experimented with Magnesium? Or how you add it into your diet?