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The Crucial Role of Magnesium in Your Health

November 13, 20232 min read

Magnesium, a powerhouse mineral, is a key player in over 300 enzymatic reactions within your body. Its functions range from muscle and nerve relaxation to promoting quality sleep, enhancing elimination, and supporting bone health. Deficiency in magnesium can manifest in various symptoms, making it essential to understand and address potential risks.

Common Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Muscle cramps, weakness, or twitches

  • Mental disorders: apathy, depression, anxiety

  • Osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Imbalanced blood sugar

  • Fibromyalgia: widespread muscle tenderness and pain

  • Vertigo: a sensation of the environment spinning

  • Chocolate cravings

Modern lifestyles, coupled with the standard American diet and depleted soil quality, pose an increasing risk of magnesium deficiency. Diabetics, alcoholics, individuals with digestive issues, poor dietary intake, and those under chronic stress are particularly susceptible.

Testing Magnesium Levels:

  1. Blood Serum Magnesium Test:

    • Measures magnesium in the bloodstream, but only represents 1% of total magnesium. May not reflect cellular levels accurately.

  2. RBC Magnesium Test:

    • Measures magnesium in red blood cells, providing a more accurate representation of deficiency.

  3. Ionized Magnesium Test:

    • Analyzes usable magnesium in the blood, offering a specific reading but is not commonly used.

  4. EXA Magnesium Test:

    • Measures magnesium levels from a tissue sample, providing an accurate representation of magnesium status.

  5. Loading Tolerance Magnesium Test:

    • Involves injecting magnesium and monitoring urine for deficiency signs.

Ensure Magnesium Intake:

  • Dietary Sources: Dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, bananas, dried fruits, avocados, quinoa, brown rice, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and fish.

  • Supplements: Recommended for those with absorption issues. Bioavailable forms include citrate, glycinate, taurate, aspartate, and orotate.

Sleep and Relaxation Tips:

  • Magnesium Glycinate: A supplement taken before sleep can aid in relaxation.

  • Epsom Salt Bath: Soak in a tub with 2 cups of Epsom salts for absorbed magnesium, promoting muscle relaxation.

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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