Friday, December 13, 2013

Magnesium Deficient? Here's What You Can Do

The weather outside may be frightful, but enjoying a hot soak is not only delightful, it is also a great source of magnesium, if Epsom Salts are added to your bath.

For a couple of years now we have indulged in Epsom salt baths.  It is pure luxury!  The heat soothes muscles and joints, and best, the magnesium in the Epsom salts are absorbed quickly through the skin.   For anyone magnesium deficient that is really good news.

How do you know if you are magnesium deficient?  According to the NIH, most people are not getting the recommended daily allowance of magnesium.  In addition, the soils in which our food is grown is deficient in magnesium and therefore our plant and animal food sources are also.  Especially at risk are those with a damaged gut, type 2 diabetes or an alcohol dependency.  Certain prescription medications block the absorption of magnesium in the diet.  And too much calcium in the diet may upset the balance of calcium and magnesium, preventing the absorption of precious magnesium.

Deficiencies can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, migraine headaches and a long list of other symptoms.

How to increase your magnesium?  A good start is a healthy diet loaded with a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes.  Magnesium oil is an excellent way to get magnesium directly into your bloodstream via transdermal (across the skin barrier) absorption.

For more information on the symptoms of magnesium deficiency see the Food Renegade article, linked below.

For a great list showing the amount of magnesium in foods, link to the NIH Fact Sheet on Magnesium.

Stay Warm,
--Two Peas

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