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Magnesium is incredibly important for everyone, especially diabetics, and diabetes can be accurately described as a state of magnesium depletion, according to Dr. Mark Sircus, O.MD (Doctor of Oriental Medicine); therefore, in your body, learn what magnesium does, and in my diabetes diet plan, learn how can you help to turn diabetes around by using magnesium. And, amazingly, diabetics need more magnesium because they lose more magnesium than other people do. For you, learning about magnesium is essential and potentially life-saving.
Magnesium deserves our attention, for as the website at subtleenergytherapy.org states:
“A lack of magnesium underlies our epidemic of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. Minus magnesium, hearts beat irregularly; arteries stiffen, constrict and clog; blood pressure rises; blood tends to clot; muscles spasm; insulin grows weaker and blood sugar jumps; bones lose strength; and pain signals intensify. Many people needlessly suffer pain – including fibromyalgia, migraines and muscle cramps – because they do not get enough magnesium. “
But, getting the right amount of magnesium, in the right way, requires knowledge. Let’s learn.
MINI-LESSON: A BIT ABOUT MAGNESIUM
Magnesium is considered to be an “alkaline earth metal”. Yes, it is a metal, even though it looks relatively light and soft, and it forms a strong alkaline solution when it is placed in water. This alkalinity ability is why magnesium is critical to your well-being, as well as magnesium being at the center of the chlorophyll molecule, which stores the sun’s energy in our food plants, and then this energy is the basis of all our individual body’s bio-energy.
Yes, we are really solar-powered life-forms, too!
Life on Earth cannot exist without chlorophyll which, by absorbing red and blue light from the visible spectrum, passes that solar energy on to us, with such efficiency, that just swapping-out the central magnesium molecule of the chlorophyll porphyrin ring with an iron molecule makes hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying part of human blood!
Then, you use the freed-up magnesium molecule, which you ingested in all green plant foods, for a myriad of other essential biochemical processes in your body – two bangs for the same buck.
Eating green veggies really pays off, bigtime!
Magnesium, should be the fourth most prevalent mineral in your body.
Magnesium is the 12th element on the Periodic Table, is never found free in nature; it is always bound to other atoms, forming molecules. Magnesium has a positive ++2 electrical charge and is the 8th most common element on our planet. In the form of magnesium salts, it is most abundant in sea water and on the earth where ancient sea beds once were. The internal bio-terrain of every cell in your body always tries to mirror sea-water, where life began. Magnesium is essential to life, and in fact, it controls the 3 other alkaline minerals which are important to each cell: calcium, potassium and sodium.
About 50% of our internal magnesium is bound and stored in our bones, as part of our life-saving “alkaline reserve”, and the rest is in the fluids surrounding our cells (the interstitial fluid) as the cells constitute our organs. Our muscle cells, including our heart muscle, harbor 25% of the cellular magnesium.
When your doctor tests blood levels of magnesium (and some other substances), the tests do NOT give an accurate picture of your body or its present needs. In magnesium’s case, 99% of your magnesium level is always hiding inside living cells, in bones, nerves and organs, not in your blood, the levels of which your body keeps at a constant 1% level.
Although eight out of ten Americans are deficient in magnesium and are eating too much calcium, causing imbalances between these two linked minerals, full-blown magnesium deficiency symptoms are rarely seen in America. Instead, most Americans are sub-clinically deficient in magnesium — but are more than enough at risk for their Health. See the diagnostic test * below. If you take diuretics, you also are probably deficient in magnesium.
Eating magnesium from only food sources is safe. But, when supplementing, too much magnesium is NOT good, and can lead to kidney failure. So, diabetics need to discuss with a knowledgeable physician how to get the best of magnesium’s benefits without putting themselves at risk, especially if they have kidney problems already.
Unfortunately, excess magnesium causes the same symptoms as too little magnesium! So, this is why, at least for diabetics, magnesium needs to be regularly monitored, at least until you have a track-record, and received benefit from using it. Symptoms for excess and also insufficiency include: heart arrhythmias, nausea, diarrhea, muscle weakness, appetite loss, difficulty breathing and very low blood pressure.
HOW MAGNESIUM (AND CHLOROPHYLL) HELP YOUR BODY:
As an unofficial diagnostic, another way to see if you might be magnesium deficient, would be to think in these terms. ‘Magnesium helps to keep your body and organs supple and flexibile.’ Whereas, calcium stiffens your body, as well as your bones, and calcium and magnesium are opposites in other ways too. SO, if you are stiffening, make sure that you are getting plenty of magnesium! “Old age” does not automatically mean any of this stiffening, at all.
Magnesium is a “macromineral” which must be supplied to your body daily in doses of hundreds of milligrams just to meet the minimum levels. Calcium and magnesium also need a ratio of 1:1 in the circumstances of inflexibility mentioned above, and 1 portion magnesium for each 2 parts calcium once Health is achieved again. Most people supplement with too much calcium (calcium IS needed, but we don’t eat enough green leafy vegetables to get our daily supply AND due to eating too much animal protein — calcium is depleted when it tries to buffer the acids from animal protein [this depletion without supplementation would cause osteoporosis]. People are just over-compensating with how much calcium to supplement. Of course, another way is to eat lots more veggies, some fruits and only small amounts of protein [mostly vegetarian sources]. Many say that about 4 – 6 ozs. // or the equivalent exchanges, are all that’s needed daily, for most people.). In general, Amercans eat way to much protein and our kidneys pay the price, especially.
If you have any doubt about this critical calcium balancing-act, please understand that 30% of your body’s energy is employed in pumping calcium OUT of your cells!
Your body also benefits from magnesium when you are readily providing a source for rapidly-made hemoglobin, from green plants’ chlorophyll, then you are assured of being able to cure any clinical or sub-clinical anemia. Your body is then able to carry oxygen deeply inside, help to provide fuel for your metabolism as well as providing a vibrant, alkaline atmosphere surrounding each cell from the freed-up magnesium as chlorophyll is turned into blood. The magnesium sent to your cells raises your body-wide pH towards the desired alkalinity. And proper magnesium levels are calming – for your tense muscles and for your stressed, overly-excited nervous system.
The increased energy-production ability (oxygen delivery) from adequate supplies of chlorophyll in green plant foods, should help those with chronic fatigue. Also, it is only in an oxygen-poor, acidic environment that cancer exists; scientists see that about 46% of those with leukemias are magnesium deficient. Chlorophyll also has wound-healing, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities.
Most importantly, magnesium helps to stabilize ATP in your energy cycle (helping those with chronic fatigue, yet again) and magnesium helps genes to function properly and insures your DNA and RNA transcribe and replicate themselves accurately (to prevent mutations and disease) as well as to help repair DNA and RNA.
Ingesting enough magnesium helps your body to naturally detoxify itself and to alkalinize your tissues. Places, like Egypt, where soils are rich in magnesium, have almost non-existent cancer rates, and in Europe and America, where soils are often magnesium deficient, people eat only 1/10 as much magnesium as Egyptians do. And, then on top of that geographical soil difference, Americans’ poor food choices in the last century cut their daily levels of magnesium another 50%!
Over 300 enzymes, your nerves and your bio-electric cellular ion-transport system require magnesium. And, many of your immune system cells require magnesium to fight for you effectively.
The powerful anti-oxidant, glutathione, requires magnesium! Glutathione is one of the only substances which can fight mercury toxicity - whether from tuna and other large fish or from hazards elsewhere in your food or local environment.
Magnesium’s availablity or lack thereof helps determine how permeable your cell membranes are — whether insulin and food-energy can get in and wastes go out! Deficiency impairs and ages your cells. If not enough magnesium is in the cell membrane, then the inner cell contains too much sodium and calcium and not enough magnesium and potassium. An unbalanced cell is not healthy, so then the whole organism cannot be healthy. Your WHOLE body suffers the consequences.
Magnesium is the cell membrane gate-keeper of nerve cells and other cells and controls whether nerves cells will activate or be stopped from over-activity by calcium blocking. Magnesium also determines how much sodium or potassium is allowed in each cell, as well as other gate-keeping duties mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Diets filled with green leafy vegetables and some other plant foods are protective to your colon — this is because of the high amount of magnesium they contain. Magnesium is involved in the nerve signals which control the motility of your bowel, and if you are constipated, apart from not eating enough fiber (roughage) and drinking enough water, then inadequate motility may be a reason. When you start supplementing with magnesium, you will naturally move your bowels more. If you eat reasonable amounts of fiber and drink enough water (only water counts), then your movements will float, be the diameter of your thumb and index finger joined-in-a-circle and be effortlessly expelled.
And adequate magnesium diets protect against fibromyalgia, muscle cramping, migraines, cancer, heart attacks and strokes, as well as ameliorating diabetes.
Magnesium is also important through its enzyme activity and is needed to metabolize fats, proteins and carbohydrates from your foods! In fact, EVERY ORGAN SYSTEM requires magnesium to function properly – brain, heart, liver, kidney, colon, hormone secreting glands (like your pancreas), muscles, nerves and digestive systems.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MAGNESIUM, you are at risk for your body to start:
___ calcifying your cells (as in “hardening” of the arteries, in heart disease), and then these damaged cells rot and putrify and harbor yeast and fungi and other unsavory life-forms
___ accelerating the aging of your cells - according to the research of Dr. Bruce Ames, UC Berkeley and Children’s Hospital, Oakland Research Institute. And, when cells age too fast, that affects the way the whole tissue / organ functions! The research staff thinks this magnesium-depletion accelerated cellular aging may be what is driving the epidemic of chronic disease.
___ being more at risk from toxic metals that you ingest from your environment and those found in sprayed or processed, non-organic foods
___ having your heart beat irregularly
___ experiencing your nerves fire inconsistently
___ having your muscles twitch or spasm uncontrollably or out of synchronization, creating tremors or weakness
___ having your blood clot improperly
___ having your blood sugar jump, as insulin is not getting proper access through the cell membrane and / or your pancreas is not healthy due to cellular lack of magnesium
___ finding some fuels cannot be stored properly in your muscle cells
___ finding your bones may not be strong or able to hold enough alkaline minerals (calcium and magnesium) as your alkaline reserve, to buffer the acids, daily, which kill your cells
___ knowing your pain level intensifies
— getting headaches, muscle pain, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and elevated triglycerides
___ experiencing depression, seizures and lack of appetite may become apparent
___ experiencing potential hormonal imbalance and / or hormonal insufficiency
WHO IS MOST AT RISK, AUTOMATICALLY:
___ those on diuretics probably are deficient in magnesium (see other prescription drugs below)
___ all diabetics, as diabetics need more magnesium and lose more magnesium
___ those with malabsorption issues and intestinal damage like colitis or Crohn’s disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
___ people with kidney disease and osteoporosis
___ people with chronic or acute stress
___ those on prescription drugs — check with your pharmacist! In addition to some diuretics, the list also includes some anti-biotics and Warfarin (Coumadin), birth control pills and steroids.
___ those with heart issues: pains (angina) or irregular heart beats, congestive heart, heart attack, high blood pressure, glaucoma, coronary artery disease, high trigycerides
— people with brain related and nerve-related concerns: autism, depression, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and migraines
— women’s health concerns: pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, PMS, pregnancy, nursing. Any woman taking birth control pills is at risk for magnesium deficiency!
— anyone with auto-immune and immune-deficiency diseases: asthma, chronic fatigue, lupus, Raynaud’s syndrome, HIV
___ alcoholics are also severely depleted of magnesium; in fact, any use of alcohol depeletes magnesium, and sets the stage for cancer, especially breast cancer.
There is nothing good about alcohol.
Women who have only 1 – 2 drinks of wine per day increase their breast cancer risk 10%, scientists announced in 2007. Three drinks raises the risk to 30%.
As breast cancer is the second largest cause of death in women, we need to pay attention! No use trying to help heart health if you create a greater problem. By the way, the same heart-protective substances are in grape juice, before it is made into wine, so use grape juice instead and have the best of both strategies. But, as all juice is high glycemic load food, blood sugar is impacted more, and diabetics can have little of it, so use a proper exchange’s measure of organic red grapes, instead. (Grapes are one of the most-highly sprayed fruits, so pay the extra for organic), and only use organic juice when fresh fruits is out of season.
Dr. Robert O. Young would explain the problem of alcoholics and cancer patients being so magnesium depleted by saying that ‘alkaline magnesium is protective, and that all cancers show a state of cellular acidity. Alcohol, itself, is a very acidifying substance. If you do not have enough alkaline minerals to buffer all forms of acid, then you are putting yourself at risk for all diseases.’
Magnesium will also likely be life-saving if it is part of the Emergency Room treatment of heart attack and strokes. Magnesium can be administered intraveneously, transdermally with patches and slathered on your whole body, in emergency situations. You can more about this at: http://subtleenergytherapy.org/cellmag.html
FOODS THAT ARE MAGNESIUM SOURCES:
Magnesium-carrying chlorophyll is fat-soluble, and is extracted from oil seeds, as well as from foliage. When oils are unprocessed, they look green because of the chlorophyll they contain. If you look at the best, least-refined extra-virgin olive oils and also hemp oil, you will see how green they are. But these oils must be taken care of more carefully than other oils.
Food Sources of magnesium: Best: seaweeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocado, spinach, Swiss chard, bananas, raisins, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, Chinook salmon, whole soy beans, black beans, navy beans and chocolate. (Yes, that’s why women LOVE chocolate, but that’s a very acidic way to get magnesium. Bittersweet, dark chocolate is best.)
Good sources are: halibut, soy tempeh, mustard and turnip greens, parsley, fresh peppermint leaves, molasses, brown rice, green peas, baked potato with skin, broccoli and summer squash.
Fair sources: cucumber, kale, green beans, celery, basil, ginger, pinto beans, spelt grain, oats, rye, sunflower, sesame and flax seeds.
REFINED GRAINS ARE LOW IN MAGNESIUM. ALL GRAINS MUST BE WHOLE-GRAIN.
And, as far as retaining the magnesium in foods, it depends on the food as to what form the magnesium is in and how it will be affected by cooking. In vegetables and beans, it is usually in a water-soluble form of magnesium, and therefore huge amounts can be lost by boiling, steaming, blanching etc. unless all the water is also used. In nuts and seeds, it is more fat-soluble and is more stable.
ABSORPTION AND KIDNEY HEALTH:
Only about 1/3 to 1/2 of dietary magnesium from food is ever successfully absorbed through healthy intestinal walls to be made bio-available to the rest of your body. Healthy kidneys can prevent the loss of the rest of the magnesium, but that is not going to happen with people who have kidney disease already, as many diabetics do, and whenever diabetes is poorly controlled.
The lack of healthy kidneys OR even sub-optimal kidney function harms your ability to manage magnesium levels – whether too little or too much – and people who excessively use laxatives and antacids can be casuing grave magnesium imbalances, too.
It takes 3 – 4 months to drive up magnesium levels using trans-dermal patches. Learn more at the subtle-energy site and discuss their use beforehand with your knowledgeable physician!
Chelated supplements like magnesium aspartate, magnesium glycinate or magnesium taurate are good sources; magnesium citrate is too. Other forms are less recommended.
As an adult, you can take up to 1000 grams of magnesium in a supplement daily, according to James B. Pierce, PhD in his book Heart Healthy Magnesium. This dose is best split throughout the day, so use 250 mg tabs. If you take them without food, the magnesium is likely to be absorbed better. Take your morning pills before 8 AM, as an inordinate number of heart-attacks occur at work, at about 9 AM. I find I cannot tolerate 1000 mg in pills, even spread over a waking day’s time, (at least not so far), and I strive for 500mg and a magnesium rich diet.
Pierce says, that when supplementing, you should start with one 250 mg tab in the morning for one week, and add one pill each week, if doing well, over the course of the following 3 weeks (the 2nd pill should be in the evening). After four weeks of gradual rise, total will then be (4) pills x 250mg = 1000mg, if your doctor allows this level.
Signs of excess supplementation include: drowsiness, weakness or increased weakness and diarrhea — not just loose stools, but real diarrhea. Get clear guidelines from your physician, especially for children, who require less to begin with, especially if younger than 9 years old.
If you are angry regularly or are being kept awake at night, you might add another pill only until this stabilizes, Pierce says.
Pierce also advises us to make sure we READ THE LABELS CAREFULLY. We are talking about MAGNESIUM NOT Manganese! And, do NOT use antacids as your “supplemental” source of magnesium!
Also, please check the Titles Tab on the upper Navigation Bar for more informative articles. Especially check the two archived posts’ links below for Nutrition articles about the Senior’s Food Pyramid, as these nutrition lessons really apply to everyone:
New Food Pyramid For Seniors Ages 50, 70 And Beyond – Individualizing Food Options
New Food Pyramid For Seniors Ages 50, 70 And Beyond – Part 2A – Adding B Vitamins – Biotin, B5 and Folic Acid … also includes a plea to Save The Bonobo Chimpanzees
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