What if I told you there is one supplement you can take that will pretty much make you feel awesome all the time?
It sounds too good to be true, huh?
And even more outrageous, it’s so commonplace most of us overlook it as something that could never be life changing.
But it is. It can make such a difference in how you feel and it’s so simple. And yet, it is estimated that as many as 80% of American adults are deficient in this mineral (and I would submit this number should be WAY higher!)
Here it is: Magnesium. This mineral is responsible for more than 300 activities within the human body. It’s vitally important for how you feel and how you function.
Symptoms of Low Magnesium
If you are one of the many people who suffer from a deficient supply of magnesium, you might experience symptoms such as:
- Insomnia and difficulty falling asleep
- Mood swings
- Osteoporosis (and a deficiency in calcium)
- Muscle weakness and cramping
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Low energy or fatigue
- Slow metabolism
Often what happens is that we don’t eat enough magnesium in our food, and what we do eat is not absorbed properly. If you have any digestive issues, such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc., your acidity and inflammation in the gut is not allowing complete absorption of magnesium (as well as many other nutrients).
Taking antibiotics and certain other prescription medications also severely mess with the microbiome in this same way.
While other mineral deficiencies can be determined with simple blood tests, low magnesium levels are hard to trace because it isn’t stored in very high quantities in our blood.
So the best way to know if supplementing with more magnesium will help you is to try it. As long as you’re taking a good quality magnesium supplement, there are very few possible side effects.
Although your body does not need a lot of magnesium to properly function, the roles it plays throughout the body are crucial. It allows our heart to beat, our muscles to move, and our hormones to regulate everything.
Here’s the rundown of the most important things it does for you:
If your energy isn’t great, you need to try to get more magnesium ASAP, because this is the best thing it can do for how you feel, day in and day out.
Lack of magnesium not only means you suffer from fatigue, it also means your muscles shift into anaerobic exercise more quickly and you’ll get tired faster during exercise. So, boosting your magnesium will help you power through your workout.
- Sleep better
It seems counterintuitive, right? If you have more energy, wouldn’t it be harder to fall asleep? Not if it’s natural energy that your body craves, unlike artificial energy from caffeine.
Magnesium helps you fall asleep easier and get better quality sleep throughout the night, due to its hormone regulation capabilities. It also is a very powerful neutralizer of ACID!
Did you know that your body has the highest acid levels in the middle of the night, peaking at 5am? Taking magnesium combined with other minerals before sleep will help you fight the acid while your body gets a good night’s sleep.
- Promote heart health
Magnesium prevents high blood pressure by stabilizing blood pressure levels along with calcium and potassium.
- Improve muscle strength and prevent cramping
Magnesium regulates muscles’ action, so if you are deficient, you’re going to suffer from cramping and spasms and not be able to use your body as effectively. When a plant wilts, it needs water… well, when you muscles cramp, they need magnesium!
If you are doing a high intensity workout like spinning or CrossFit, you want to make sure you are having magnesium to help neutralize the lactic acid, otherwise your muscles will become depleted with this important mineral.
- Stabilize mood and prevent anxiety
Magnesium regulates hormones that keep your brain calm and relaxed, and on the flip side, a deficiency can lead to an increase in stress and anxiety due to a build-up of the stress hormone, cortisol.
- Keep digestion flowing
Magnesium is a natural laxative, and in fact, more effective according to research than store-bought laxatives. The opposite is also true – a low magnesium level will lead to constipation.
- Keep bones strong
Tightly linked to calcium and vitamin D, magnesium helps prevent osteoporosis and build stronger bones.
Foods Containing Magnesium
Foods rich in chlorophyll are high in magnesium. So aim for lots of:
- Spinach (1 cup = 49% of the recommended daily value of magnesium!)
- Collard and turnip greens
However, it’s important to know that the soil in which our food is grown does not contain nearly as much magnesium as it should or as it once did. This is why it takes 60 servings of today’s spinach to equal one serving back in 1948!
Magnesium can also be found in these foods:
- Black beans
- Mung beans
- Pumpkin seeds
- Brussels sprouts
How to Supplement
While eating foods rich in magnesium is the best way to absorb it, most people don’t eat nearly enough of the foods that supply it. So I recommend you include magnesium supplementation as part of your everyday nutrition.
However, it’s important to note that magnesium supplements can have a laxative effect and in too high doses, it can cause diarrhea. So you have to be careful and take the right amount. This isn’t the case with the food you eat, so feel free to load up on magnesium-rich foods.
The simple and safe way to supplement is to take Alkamind Daily Minerals every night about 30 minutes before going to bed. It’s the right dose – 19% of the recommended daily value, which is plenty to supplement good food sources if you’re striving for the 80/20 alkaline lifestyle. It is also magnesium glycinate in a powder form – it’s MOST bioavailable form.
I’ve told you before that Daily Minerals will help you sleep better and have more energy during the day and now you know why!
Calcium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate, and especially magnesium are very calming to your nervous system, which will help you get a deeper REM sleep. And they will neutralize all of those damaging acids, thus preventing your body from having to do all the work while you sleep.
What’s the result? You sleep better, so that you wake up with this newfound energy that will give you what you need to take on your day!