There rarely is a human being who can brag about his good mental and physical health, with more energy, relaxed and obedient muscles, good memory and “horse like nerves”. If you eat modern food, if you sleep lasts shorter, and a lot of you do, bother too much and if you often feel fatigue and muscle spasms, almost certainly you suffer from chronic magnesium deficiency.
Without magnesium there is no life
In a scientific study that was recently published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, found that people who rarely or take a little magnesium have twice higher chance of premature death. Despite our daily necessity for taking magnesium, more than 80% of the population in developed countries suffers from a chronic lack of magnesium. Scientists believe that this situation can be called a modern pandemic that simply can be eradicated with taking magnesium supplements.
Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal, the eighth most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust. Because of the extreme water solubility of the magnesium, after sodium chloride, it is the third most abundant mineral in sea water. In the human body, magnesium is the eleventh most abundant element (about 57 grams in the body of average weight). Most of the magnesium in the body is found in the skeleton and teeth (approximately 60 to 65% of the total). The remaining amount is in the muscle tissues and cells while only one percent of the blood.
Magnesium ions are essential for all forms of life, especially for overall optimum health of any modern person. Magnesium is essential in all metabolic functions involved in the creation of energy and its transmission (the transmission of ATP, the basic energy module body), also in the creation of proteins, in particular in the biochemistry of the life of nucleic acid within our genetic (DNA and RNA), in all living organisms on our planet. In plants the magnesium ions are in the center of each molecule of chlorophyll, which is important for the production of energy from sunlight. Magnesium is an essential element for the animals and plants because it is involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions that affect all of life’s phenomena.
Every cell of the human body requires a steady intake of magnesium otherwise deteriorates and dies. Strong teeth and bones, balanced hormones, healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems, well-functioning detoxification process and much more depend on the sufficient amount of magnesium in the cells. Soft tissues containing the highest concentration of magnesium in the body, particularly the brain and heart, (which are responsible for a large electrical activity), are generally the most sensitive magnesium deficit.
The ratio of magnesium and calcium
If we are healthy, magnesium acts in line with calcium in the management of electrical impulses in the cell. The concentration of magnesium in healthy cells is ten thousand times higher than the concentration of calcium, in fact in our bodies are important safeguards for the ratio of calcium and magnesium, but modern life often causes calcium deficiency and dangerous calcification of the vascular system and of the most important gland in the brain. Particularly sensitive processes allow calcium to enter the cells but only for so long as is necessary for impulse conduction, at the time when his mission is accomplished, magnesium immediately takes out the excess calcium. Magnesium is our shield against calcification and the need to prevent the build-up of calcium in cells. Calcification is a dangerous imbalance which causes cell dysfunction and even cell death. When the cell due to lack of magnesium, calcium enters the surplus creates spasms and muscle contractions. When magnesium deficiency becomes chronic we suffer symptoms of various heart diseases such as angina pectoris, hypertension, arrhythmia or seizures characteristic of asthma, migraine and painful menstruations (dysmenorrhoea) and PMS.
Magnesium, stress and cranial nerves
Magnesium acts as a natural barrier of calcium channels and is responsible for relaxation (of muscles and nerves) versus calcium effect shrinkage. Magnesium is very important for the healthy functioning of our parasympathetic nervous system. Without sufficient magnesium our cranial nerves don`t function properly, and an irregular cranial nerve X causes numerous psychological and physical disorders and diseases and a lack of relaxation and proper function of the digestive system. When your body isn`t “charged” with sufficient magnesium you can help your cranial nerves in the fight against stress with incredibly effective meditation technique Éiriú Eolas.
Our body is actually designed to operate in a mostly quiet, relaxed parasympathetic state. We were not created to live in a state which is “abnormal” with constant heart palpitations and where we are constantly overwhelmed by stress and adrenaline under the regime of the sympathetic nervous system. Unfortunately, today we mostly live in a such abnormal rhythm and environment that consistently draws large amounts of magnesium from our bodies.
Magnesium is important for almost all vital bodily functions, and its deficiency has been implicated in almost all diseases, because magnesium researchers attributed it as miraculous in the elimination or improvement of a number of disorders.
Silent generational pandemic
Unfortunately, as we have already mentioned the lack of magnesium has become global and ubiquitous, and it looks like a pandemic.
In the past few decades, scientists have realized that it is extremely difficult to supply the body with a sufficient supply of magnesium, even with a well-balanced and complete diet. The reason for this situation can be found in industrial produced food. Modern agricultural operations depend on the continuous use of (artificial) NPP (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium). Potassium and phosphorus are strong competitors of magnesium in the soil, particularly in calcareous soils in which readings show terrible levels of magnesium (our crops have less magnesium because magnesium itself is lacking in the soil). The worst situation is in sandy or clayey slightly acidic soils that show a most drastic magnesium deficiency because it gets washed out of the soil and therefore unavailable to the crop. This drainage usually occurs as a result of acid rain. Magnesium is actually one of most deficient minerals in arable soils. To make matters worse industry is constantly creating new hybrid plants that have been bred to survive in these mineral depleted soils. When animals or people eat mineral-poor fruit, sooner or later it becomes a cause of disease. Although in terms of nutrition organically grown crops should be better and healthier, this has become a rarity, because we don`t know how farmers make up minerals in their fields. Modern farming is not something that the human species has evolutionary done, therefore by eating fruits we don`t pay just money, but also pay with our health.
To understand the current situation of words read from the report of the Food Senate of the United States from 1936, that it is a frightening fact that we present food crops that are grown on millions of acres of land in which a chronic lack of healthy and essential minerals actually starve no matter how many fruits, vegetables and greens to eat. We in our bodies generally consume empty calories. These foods are not worth eating. It’s amazing how a drop of mineral balance of the soil was a matter of serious national concern more than seventy years, and that this lack of a generational impact on all of us because the lack of minerals in agricultural areas has become even bigger and more dangerous.
Modern eating habits
Magnesium and other nutrients are reduced or lost in fruits by harvesting and handling, cooling, transport and storage even if all these steps carefully implemented. Several days of storing the product in the refrigerator after purchase is still a continuous loss of nutrients regardless of whether the product originates from a supermarket or from a nearby local market or farm.
Processing foods such as leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds cause a huge loss of magnesium, although they are very good sources of the magnesium. When you fry nuts and seeds or their extracted oil, magnesium is irrevocably lost. Cooking green vegetables causes separation of magnesium into the water for cooking. On the other hand foods lose less calcium than magnesium, such methods of processing, which contribute to the alarming food calcium overload.
Fluoride in toothpaste, drinking water (if you live in countries that fluoride water) in food products and beverages, binds with magnesium, which creates an almost insoluble mineral compound that ends stored in the bones and increases the risk of fractures. Water would in fact be an excellent source of magnesium if it comes from deep wells in which magnesium was present or from glacial streams that are rich in minerals. Municipal sources of drinking water usually originate from surface waters, such as rivers and streams that have low levels of magnesium. Even many bottled mineral water have fairly low levels of magnesium with a very high concentration of calcium.
Processed food, synthetic foods, high sugar content, alcohol and fizzy drinks, each individually destroy magnesium because the metabolism and detoxification of these mostly artificial foods need a lot of magnesium. According to researcher Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the body needs at least eight molecules of magnesium to work through a single molecule of glucose. The phosphates in soft drinks and processed meats (cold cuts, pates, salami and frankfurters) are connected with magnesium to form the insoluble magnesium phosphate in the body that is completely unusable.
Tannins, oxalates and phytic acid can also bind with magnesium, making it unusable for the body. It is interesting to note that the foods that generally contain higher amounts of magnesium (assuming they are grown on soil rich in minerals) also contains many anti-nutrients mostly in spinach and Swiss chard (oxalates) and whole grains (phytates, gluten).
Medications that stimulate urination cause a loss of magnesium in the body, mostly diuretics for hypertension, birth control pills, insulin, tetracycline and other antibiotics and corticosteroids and bronchodilators for asthma. By losing magnesium every symptom that these drugs “cure” over time becomes more and more difficult.
Using iron supplements can interfere with the absorption of magnesium. If you take calcium supplements, your need for magnesium and calcium increases so it won`t properly be absorbed or digested if it`s lacking adequate amounts of magnesium because it will ultimately be deposited in soft tissues. Magnesium is responsible for the conversion of vitamin D to its active form, which allows the absorption of calcium, and also manages the transfer of calcium to hard tissues, where it belongs. Lactose is another obstacle to the absorption of magnesium (milk is not really a good source of this mineral), and it is also a natural plastic casein which is a dangerous nervous blocker and large amounts of potassium, phosphorus and sodium.
“Thin hedge” and the lack of magnesium
Mental and physical stress and continuous production of adrenaline quickly waste magnesium levels as adrenaline affects heart rate, blood pressure, narrowing of blood vessels and muscle contraction precisely the functions that require a constant supply of magnesium to operate without difficulty. The nervous system depends on sufficient amounts of magnesium because of its calming effects, including sleep. A lack of magnesium accelerates an evil vicious circle that expands the effects of chronic stress, which therefore leads to further anxiety, irritability, fatigue and insomnia, and numerous symptoms of adrenal exhaustion, as well as to high blood pressure and heart pain (most common symptom of heart disease).
Depression is also associated with stress and a lack of magnesium. For the balance of release and processing of serotonin, the hormone of “satisfaction”, brain cells need magnesium. Only when there are adequate supplies of magnesium one can enjoy such mental and emotional balance and in this way we can cope with the ever faster pace of life and the constant increase of stress.
Scientists do not yet know why the human body doesn`t retain magnesium, especially when compared with excellent retention of calcium or iron. Increased sweating in endurance sports such as marathon running or strenuous exercise routines can dangerously lower the level of magnesium and other electrolytes, but strangely enough calcium is also lost, which causes tremors, unconsciousness and even death. Sweating and sweating attacks suffered by some women in menopause also cause a loss of magnesium and thereby create “shooting nerves”, nervousness, irritability, sleep disturbances, panic attacks, body aches and depression. If women with a lack of magnesium tempted to try out modern soy products because they are misled by the propaganda about the benefits of soy, and to try to alleviate their symptoms, they will actually lose more magnesium because it will be linked to the abundant amounts of phytate in the soy.
The proper absorption of magnesium from the diet requires a healthy intestinal flora. Irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal permeability, Candida and other intestinal disorders can severely limit the amount of magnesium that can be absorbed by our bodies. Elderly people often suffer due to the reduced production of needed gastric hydrochloric acid which generally may impair the absorption of minerals. And with so many people who pop their “heartburn” medications as candy to cure antacids, for the intestinal flora it is hard to keep healthy. Because of the mentioned above reasons people should pay special attention and increase their probiotic intake, either in the form of capsules or take natural preparations such as Tibicos (water kefir) or milk kefir.