Magnesium’s Magnificent Healing Properties
Magnesium is a powerful mineral occurring naturally in our body and that many people are severely lacking. This can have a pretty negative effect since it aids in the function of over 300 different enzymes and biochemical reactions in the body. The best way you can tell if you are deficient is to eat foods that are rich in magnesium or try supplementing and see how you feel. You will likely notice a difference right away. Magnesium rich foods are things like assorted nuts, legumes and green leafy vegetables. Another great way to get your magnesium is a secret that our grandparents knew, to soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts.This allows you to directly absorb it through your skin.
What are just some of the great benefits of magnesium?
It supports bone strength. Half of our magnesium is stored in our bones, so supporting those levels is hugely important for us to maintain healthy bones. Magnesium also helps the transportation of calcium, another mineral in our body that prevents the loss of bone density, especially as we age.
Prevention of type-2 diabetes. Magnesium helps with carbohydrate metabolism and directly influences insulin activity, which controls our blood glucose levels. Studies have shown that for every 100 mg of magnesium we intake, there is a 15% decrease in the direct risk of getting type-2 diabetes.
Digestive support. Magnesium plays a big role in the digestive process because it is a coenzyme in the intestines that assists in the natural production of hydrochloric acid in the gut necessary to break down the food we eat. It’s also great to naturally relieve constipation.
Supports heart health. Magnesium aids in maintaining a normal heart rhythm, strengthening our muscles, especially the heart which is one of our biggest muscles, and aids in rebuilding our blood vessels. It plays a key role in the prevention of an irregular heartbeat, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.
Helps with migraines, insomnia and even depression. It has even worked to cure severe psychiatric issues such as panic attacks, anxiety, and even a difficult agitative state. Magnesium not only significantly reduces the severity of all of these conditions, but also lowers their recurrence rate.
Great stress reliever. When we are hit with stress, magnesium can play a key role in relieving it immediately by relaxing the body as part of a natural hormonal response and naturally lowers blood pressure.
Premenstrual symptoms reliever. As a natural muscle relaxer, magnesium also aids in the relief of premenstrual cramps, and acts as a diuretic eliminating fluid retention that causes bloating and breast tenderness.
It’s hard to believe how much this natural mineral can do for us each day. Try adding it to your diet and see how you feel!
We all want better memory, especially as we age. So, how can we achieve this? A major source is from ingesting omega-3 essential fatty acids. Boost your intake and you will significantly increase your working memory.
This essential fatty acid has been linked to positive brain health, helping with depression, ADHD, and even Alzheimer’s. They also fight inflammation in the body, lower your triglycerides and generally support heart health, regulate your insulin response which directly supports not gaining too much weight. All of these are the exact reasons they are called “essential” fatty acids and the fact that your body cannot make them on its own. The three most important ones are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). They play a fundamental role in many of your body’s physiological functions.
Here are some great suggestions on where to get them on a daily basis:
Mustard seeds: Who knew this yellow spice also is a good source of healthy fat? Spice up a sautéed dish with them, try some in an Indian food recipe, or you could always try making your own homemade mustard.
Flax seeds: Tiny little seeds that are an excellent source. Grind them up, throw them in a blended protein smoothie or add them to your morning hot oatmeal.
Walnuts: Did you know they are shaped like your brain? (which is very appropriate for how they support brain health) They are delicious as a snack or tossed into a lunch salad.
Salmon: Wild-caught salmon will give you the right kinds of fats, not the farm-raised varieties. It’s fast and easy to prepare…. it can be grilled, broiled, or oven roasted.
Sardines: These little small fish are rich in healthy fats and they promote bone health. Fresh is best if you can find them – they are much tastier than canned ones – simply grill them with a few ingredients like garlic, onion, lemon, pepper, sea salt or herbs of your choice.
Enjoy the many easy ways to get your delicious essential Omega-3 fatty acids!