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Magnesium is an important mineral for many reasons. It is the center of the chlorophyll molecule and is the basis for the food chain. When we drink beverages like soda that contain phosphoric acid, which is added to prevent mold and bacteria growth found in the sugary substance, the magnesium gets depleted from our bodies quickly. This can cause many health problems over time.
INDICATIONS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
•Foot odor •Constipation •Muscle cramps and spasms •Fatigue •Poor sleep •Back pain •Kidney issues •Heart palpitations or arrhythmia •Twitching eyelids •High blood pressure •Migraines (especially during menstruation) •Dizziness •Numbness •Changes in personality •Anxiety •Panic attacks •Nausea •Vomiting •Growth failure •Cramps •Depression •Organ calcification •Asthma •Fainting •Vertigo
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS OF MAGNESIUM DEPLETION
Dehydration: One of the best ways to overcome a deficiency in magnesium is to drink plenty of water due to the magnesium that is wasted from dehydration.
Calcium Supplementation (calcium carbonate): One of the fastest ways to deplete yourself of magnesium is to take a calcium supplement or eat or drink foods or beverages that contain this form of calcium derived from 4% of the earth’s crust in the form of chalk, limestone, marble, and shells. Using an herbal calcium formula is best as well as eating plants high in calcium such as oranges, apricots, kiwi, dates, carrots, beets, and green leafy vegetables.
Milk: Drinking too much milk can also cause a magnesium crisis, especially for athletes and seniors, which could eventually lead to death.
Diuretics and Caffeine: Eighty percent of people who using diuretics, including caffeine, experience a daily loss of magnesium that can create a downward spiral in health. Be careful of consuming too much coffee and caffeinated beverages, even if they’re natural. The body needs magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium for proper function of nerves, muscles, blood pressure regulation, building bones and teeth, liver function, brain function and calming nerves, as well as cell growth. Magnesium also increases elasticity of tissue and supports the process of excretion. (1)
FOODS RICH IN MAGNESIUM
The pH of the soil in which our food grows is affected by four main minerals: calcium, magnesium, potash, and sodium. Magnesium can raise the pH of the soil pound for pound up to 1.4 times more than calcium. An imbalance in the symmetry of calcium and magnesium allows organic residues to decay into alcohol, which sterilizes the bacteria, and then into formaldehyde to preserve cell tissue. (2) This can create further imbalances in the soil, which affect the nutrients we get from the plants we eat.
Increasing your intake of boron by eating beans, nuts, sprouted whole grains, soaked nuts and fruits will help prevent loss of magnesium in the urine. It will also help strengthen bones and increase bone density. (3) Here is a small list of foods that are rich in magnesium.
Adzuki beans, Almonds, raw & sprouted, Aloe vera, Apples, Apricot, Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Bananas, Barley, Beets, Bell pepper, Black beans, Black currant, Black or wild cherries, Black walnut, Bok choy, Brazil nuts, Brussels sprouts, Butternut squash, HERBS, Alfalfa, Basil, Bladder wrack, Burdock, Caraway, Cardamom, Chamomile, Chickweed, Cilantro, Clove, Coriander, Curly dock, Dandelion, Dill, Comfrey, Chaparral, Wild yam.
Over 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium, according to Dr. Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D. He also says, “Every known illness is associated with magnesium deficiency, and it is the missing cure to many diseases”. (4) Increasing the amount of magnesium-rich foods we consume and doing all we can to avoid the factors listed above that contribute to the depletion of magnesium from the body will help us regain our health and thrive. This is another way to use food as medicine and practice prevention of disease.
Wendy P. Thueson is owner of Raw Chef Wendy, LLC. She is a certified Chef, Master Herbalist, and Raw Food Coach. She is passionate about the healing power of plants and sharing her message of hope with others because of her life changing experience regaining her health in 2009. She suffered from chronic fatigue for 28 years, debilitating neck and back pain, brain fog, stuttering, Grave's disease, and hypoglycemia to name a few. Wendy began eating a high amount of raw foods and using herbs medicinally. As a result, she is now symptom, pain and medication free. She educates all ages through hands-on classes, speaking at various events, and has been featured on television, radio and in magazines. She has authored several books and online programs to help others learn how to eat and live happier lives. She is an adoring wife and mother of four. You may find her at www.rawchefwendy.com