By Kennedy Shelley
Most Americans don’t have enough of this vital element in their body.
Because of soil mineral depletion and too much processed foods, Americans are just not getting enough magnesium.
It is vital to good health.
While only 2% of Americans have levels so low they require medical treatment, over 75% are estimated not to get enough.
You don’t really notice much of a problem until it gets critical.
But some of the health conditions related to low magnesium include diabetes, celiac disease, diarrhea, chronic alcohol abuse, and poor nutritional absorption.
So, what happens when it gets low?
- Muscle twitching and cramps. When it gets chronic, it can even lead to convulsions.
- Mental disorders and brain fog. Your brain needs magnesium to function so you can think clearly.
- Bone Loss. Magnesium works with calcium, vitamins K2 and D3 to build up your bones. Taking more calcium is almost never the answer to bone loss by the way.
- Tired and muscle weakness. When your electrolyte levels are off, you are going to tire out easily.
- Elevated blood pressure. If your blood pressure is high, you might want to elevate your magnesium as a first step to see if that helps before trying medications.
- Irregular heartbeats. Your heart is a muscle and it can cramp and twitch like any other muscle.
The need is real, so how do you get enough?
The first step is diet.
But the problem with the Standard American Diet (SAD) is that it just won’t give you enough.
Processed foods and grains often wipe out any natural magnesium in the foods.
If you try to get it through vegetables, you may find out that magnesium is bound very tightly in the fiber and doesn’t get easily absorbed by your body.
And there is a problem with modern agriculture.
Commercial farming depletes the soil of minerals and new tests have shown that our food today does not have the same mineral content it had 30 or 40 years ago. See this article in Freedom Health News for more information.
Cardiologist Dr. William Davis is a health crusader who has been a magnesium champion.
He came up with a simple recipe to make sure you get a readily absorbable form of magnesium.
He doesn’t believe most supplements can be absorbed easily by the body, so he came up with his own low-calorie supplement you can make at home.
All you need is two liters of seltzer water and three tablespoons of unflavored milk of magnesia.
Again, let me emphasize, UNFLAVORED milk of magnesia. The flavored versions usually have sweeteners or sugar in them.
Pour the milk of magnesia slowly into the seltzer water and mix gently.
A four-ounce glass of this will give you 90 mg of easily absorbed magnesium.
Why does this work? The best form of magnesium is magnesium bicarbonate and the seltzer water help with the absorption.
You can flavor the water with any non-sugar additive you like to taste.
The mixture will last for at least a week in the fridge.
If you take two four-ounce servings a day you should get all the magnesium your body needs without any negative side effects.