The Importance of Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral found in the body. It is naturally present in many foods, and is also available as a dietary supplement. Approximately 15 percent of the general population has a magnesium deficiency, most aren’t even aware of it.

Commonly identified as an electrolyte, magnesium is known for its role in maintaining the mineral balance in the body. Magnesium is essential in over 300 metabolic functions, and plays a vital role in energy production and metabolism. Some of the most important roles of magnesium are:

Energy Production
Magnesium is necessary to breakdown the food we eat. It also plays a key role in the production of ATP – the body’s main source of energy.

Muscles & Nerves
Magnesium is found in the bloodstream (extracellular fluid) where it helps promote muscle contractions and nerve health.

Hormone Production
Magnesium is crucial to the production of thyroid hormones, adrenaline, and insulin. When these hormones are functioning well, the result is an overall feeling of health, energy and well-being.

Dietary surveys of people in the United States consistently show that magnesium consumption is lower than it should be. The recommended daily allowance of magnesium for a healthy adult, age 31 – 50 is 420 mg for males, and 320 mg for females. People who get less may be jeopardizing their health. This problem can be prevented by taking magnesium supplements, and by eating foods naturally high in this mineral, such as:

Almonds, Spinach, Cashews, Shredded Wheat Cereal, Soy milk, Black beans, Edamame, Peanut Butter and Whole wheat bread to name a few.

Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, can occur. Seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and even coronary spasms can result if a magnesium deficiency in not treated.

Quality and purity are very important when selecting a Magnesium Supplement. For high-quality Magnesium supplements head over to Nature’s Sunshine and search Magnesium in the search box on the top right of the page.

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Benefits of Healthy Eating

Having the right balance of vitamins and other nutrients helps your body and mind perform at their best. It also helps you to feel your best and increases your energy. In addition it increases your tolerance to stress. And healthy food does not have to be bland! Take a look at the food on the left and some of my other recipes that I’ll share here on my blog!

Healthy eating will help prevent major health issues such as:

– Heart disease
– High blood pressure
– Type 2 diabetes
– Some forms of cancer

Eating healthy can often be a challenge in our busy lifestyles but it’s worth it in the end. Here are some tips to finding better eating habits:

  • Don’t try to change your diet all at once – pick habits you can manage to change right where you are and create a new habit
  • Set manageable goals that you can obtain. For instance, cut out soda week one and replace your lunch with a salad the next.
  • Create long-term goals that build upon your short time goals.
  • Find support from friends and family.
  • Their encouragement will help keep you accountable and supported as you change your lifestyle.
  • Keep your plan in perspective and don’t give up if you find yourself relapsing. Cut yourself some slack and pick back where you left off the following day.

I hope you found this helpful!

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