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What’s Stealing Your Magnesium? by Jedha Dening
Over the past 100 years, some of us humans have been experiencing a dangerous theft…
Our magnesium intake has gone from 500 mg day to 175-225 mg day, which is well below the recommended intake.
In fact, a magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in developed countries, most commonly among middle-aged and elderly folks.
Considering that magnesium is involved in hundreds of enzymatic functions in your body — and also makes up about one percent of the mineral in your bones — it’s no wonder more of us are suffering from…
And our bones are really suffering too…
Researchers followed 2,245 middle-aged men over a 20-year period, tracking their magnesium levels and any bone fractures they experienced. The results revealed that the men who had lower blood levels of magnesium had an increased risk of experiencing fractures, especially hip fractures.
But not just a small risk, the risk of sustaining a fracture was 44 percent higher among the men who had lower levels of magnesium in their body.
I can only imagine how this is affecting women who already have a struggle on their hands when it comes to bone health.
Getting and keeping your magnesium levels
The current recommended intake for magnesium is 320 mg a day for women and 420 mg a day for men, 31 years and over. But most people fall well below this mark.
To ensure you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet, consuming food sources that are high in this vital mineral is essential.
Magnesium-rich foods include:
Although consuming magnesium-rich foods is one beneficial strategy, another complicating factor is that as you age your body can’t absorb minerals as well as it used to, which means eating magnesium rich foods may not be enough on its own.
So, you may also want to add a magnesium supplement to your daily routine. When choosing a supplement, we recommend Magnesium LActate from Standard Process. It is what we use in the office and has served us well for the past 27 years.
If not this one specifically, look for the types that are more readily absorbed by the body — magnesium amino acid chelate, magnesium phosphate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium orotate, magnesium citrate, and magnesium threonate.
But you also need to watch out for things that steal it from you…
You can also indulge in a warm Epsom salt bath to relax your muscles and increase your magnesium levels at the same time. Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulphate and the magnesium absorbs into your body via your skin.
Every doctor I have talked to says to eat a healthy diet and be sure to follow the guidelines set up by the FDA. Since the FDA allows Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) in our food without proper labeling, any advice from the medical profession will be suspect. After all, if you eat healthy, you will not get sick and that would put a monkey wrench into the whole Healthcare System.
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