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Health Benefits: Magnesium

Magnesium… are you lacking it?

 

Although magnesium isn’t always looked at as one of the more important minerals to a healthy life, more than 300 enzymes and thousands of biochemical functions in the body say otherwise. Magnesium is in essence frequently treated as a deficiency instead of regulating before it gets to that level. Many times, people will start feeling muscle spasms, poor digestion, and realize their sleep troubles without even knowing that it may well be they have hypomagnesemia. Hypo-Magnes-Emia literally translating to “Under-Magnesium-In the Blood. Three of the most notable functions of the human body that relate directly to magnesium are energy construction, nerve soothing, and the use of our metabolism.

Energy Levels Low?

Keeping a sufficient level of magnesium in your body is helpful in keeping your energy levels high, metabolism at a moderate rate, and many other functions in your body flowing smoothly. More than 55% of the U.S. population is actually under the Recommended Daily Allowance of magnesium.  On top of that, certain foods and drinks that you consume are hindering the use of the magnesium you already have in your body.

Carbonated drinks are one of the key factors that hinders such use of magnesium. They bind with the magnesium in your digestive tract and make the unusable. Plus, with such a high rate of carbonated drink intake in today’s society, eating foods high in minerals should be of extra concern. Lay off the sodas and other carbonated drinks and get some of that Magnesium in your life.

Don’t Stress

Another terrible magnesium deficiency causing factor is stress. In fact, stress and magnesium work against each other. High stress levels actually cause a deficiency in magnesium, and a deficiency in magnesium causes extra stress. This one is really important to avoid, since the stress will continually build and create tons of other health issues.

Lastly, refined sugar intake should always be kept to a minimum, but especially when dealing with a magnesium deficiency. Refined sugar has been known to expel magnesium through our kidneys, which is a double whammy because refined sugar has NO magnesium to begin with. Foods known to have refined sugars are candy, cake, and other very sweet foods. So, stay away, as much as your will power will allow it.

 

Young Adults Magnesium Recommended Daily Allowance

Age 19-30: 310 mg for women and 400 mg for men

Adults Magnesium Recommended Daily Allowance

Age 31+: 320 for women and 420 for men.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read the post, and I hope you gained some extra knowledge/facts about magnesium. Be sure to regulate your daily intake, as it may help increase your way of life in the energy department alone! Please leave your thoughts in the Comments section below, and Subscribe if you haven’t already! Thanks again!

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Kim Shapira MS, RD

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