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!
Sunlight….friend or foe?
FRIEND!!! ( : I have to admit this is a favorite topic of mine because I find it so interesting and informative. Of course, in the end, we all get to decide what is best for us and our families, but I love presenting the facts so we can all decide knowing exactly what we need to know.
Vitamin D is getting a lot of focus these days in the news and it’s a real hot topic in the medical community. What is Vitamin D? It was originally discovered in 1918 as a vital nutrient in preventing rickets. Nowadays, it is best known for helping our bodies absorb calcium aiding in keeping our bones strong. In recent years, rickets has been making a comeback due to the low levels of Vitamin D. Most people tested for this vital hormone are LOW, and not just a little low, but “at risk” levels of low.
What are the benefits of Vitamin D?
– preventing osteoporosis
– preventing multiple sclerosis
– preventing heart disease
– preventing a multitude of cancers (yes!)
– preventing depression
– preventing rheumatoid arthritis
– preventing influenza
– supporting prostate health
– supporting fertility
– preventing high blood pressure
– preventing diabetes
– preventing seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
– preventing migraines
Just to name a few things!
Vitamin D is actually a HORMONE and is not a vitamin. It is produced from exposure to sunlight and also in a lesser form when eating some fortified food resources. If you are unable to get healthy doses of sunshine, then you can still eat fortified foods such as fish, egg yolks and certain mushrooms (or take a daily supplement, which is recommended). The optimal source though is from direct exposure to the sun. Recommended amounts of time in the sun vary by your latitude, altitude, cloud cover, your skin tone, etc., but generally 15-30 minutes a day with at least 30% of your skin surface exposed. It’s best to alternate the areas of the body exposed as well.
So, all experts agree the sun is our friend in small safe doses. ( :
Sunscreen….friend or foe?
Friend and foe. Hmm….this is sometimes a hot topic of debate (speaking from personal experience). I have kids who tan fairly well and I encourage them in early spring to get OUTSIDE and get some gentle sun everyday when they can to build up a natural protection from sun burning and also to gain all the benefits of healthy sun exposure daily….and yep, with NO sunscreen on. (gulp, I said it) By summer, they are a nice healthy brown and fully protected, short of being out on a lake for hours on end, especially between 11-2 (again NO sunscreen).
I have friends who just can’t handle this concept, and I respectfully explain what I know, but sometimes it falls on deaf ears. I understand the scare with sunburns, which I avoid like the plague, and the fear of hereditary skin cancer, but you can’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Limited exposure to sunshine is essential for our health.
Even the natural sunscreens (without the unhealthy chemicals, a whole separate topic…) with an SPF of 8 blocks your ability to synthesize Vitamin D by 92.5%. Increasing it to an SPF of 15 blocks almost all sunshine.
Be smart, but focus on getting your healthy levels of Vitamin D. Let your kids and family get healthy sunshine. It will give them amazing health for a lifetime! ( :
I have to admit I LOVE the sunshine.