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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Carmel's Coaching Corner: Miracle Mineral for Stress—Fact or Fantasy?

  • Nutritional deficiencies cause many medical problems, which means it is always important to make sure we get the vital nutrition we need.
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  • Nutritional deficiencies cause many medical problems, which means it
    is always important to make sure we get the vital nutrition we need.
    Nutritional expert Dr. Joel Furmam informs us that processed foods
    have maybe 10% of the foods original value.  That is not much to guard
    against nutritional deficiencies.
    A proponent of Integrated Medicine - Leo Galland MD,  shares that
    magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body.  It is a
    necessary co-factor for hundreds of enzymes, and the most critical
    mineral of all for coping with stress.
    It sure sounds like we do not need a deficiency of magnesium.  What do
    you think?
    Stress-related diseases which run rampant through modern society, like
    heart attacks and high blood pressure, are often accompanied by
    magnesium deficiency. Unfortunately, most Americans consume diets that
    fail to meet the government's RDA for magnesium, and magnesium intake
    is even lower than average among people who develop heart disease
    Stress, along with anxiety and depression is a very common issue among
    our population today.
    And when people eat a well rounded diet which includes an abundance of
    magnesium, if you are under stress, you probably use it all up
    quickly.
    Now I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen any stress-free people
    lately.  Have you?
    Of course how we react to stress is also a consideration.
    Dr. Carolyn Dean’s book “the Magnesium Miracle” give us more pieces to
    this stress puzzle.  She states that magnesium deficiency can produce
    symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue,
    eye twitches, insomnia, anorexia, apathy, apprehension, poor memory,
    confusion, anger, nervousness and rapid pulse.
    Also, serotonin, the “feel-good” brain chemical that is boosted by
    Prozac, depends on magnesium for its production and function.
    And additionally, magnesium supports our adrenal glands, which are
    overworked by stress.
    If you haven’t read this great book try to get a copy of it and read
    it for yourself.  Magnesium is totally amazing!
    So, if magnesium is so important for my nutrition, where do I find it?
    Some of the best sources of magnesium are: vegetables like buckwheat
    (kasha), mature lima beans, navy beans, kidney beans, green beans, soy
    beans (including tofu), black-eyed peas, broccoli, spinach, swiss
    chard, oats, whole barley, millet, blackberries, dates, dried figs,
    mangoes, watermelon, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazel nuts,
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    Personally, I use many of these foods, but supplement additionally
    with magnesium citrate, which the experts agree is a good supplement.
    I obtained mine here locally at our home town health food store.  It
    is not difficult to find.  You must be careful not to get too much of
    this  oral supplement, as it can cause diarrhea,  so I also use a
    magnesium spray on my skin.  That combination is pretty effective.
    If you run a magnesium blood tests know that magnesium fluctuates in
    the blood, depending on many different variables.  So, they are not
    too accurate.  I go by symptoms to increase or decrease my magnesium.
    Your symptoms as a guide are: Muscle tension, spasm and twitching are
    the most characteristic symptoms of magnesium depletion, followed by
    palpitation and breathlessness. Irritability, fatigue, trouble falling
    asleep and hypersensitivity to loud noises are also common. The
    presence of migraine or tension headache, unexplained chest pain,
    strange sensations of the skin (like insects crawling) and abdominal
    pain or constipation are further indications of magnesium deficiency.
    If you suffer from any of these symptoms, or if you are being treated
    for heart disease or high blood pressure, you may need a magnesium
    supplement.
    Continue to do your own research on magnesium.  One place to check out
    is this link:
    http://www.squidoo.com/Miraculous-Magnesium
    Please watch the video ‘The Calcium, Magnesium Dance.’  I think you
    will find it very informative.
    The findings demonstrate that magnesium is truly a fantastic miracle
    for stress, as well as for many other functions of the body.
    I hope you continue to educate yourself on your wellness journey.
    Remember we all are a work in progress.
    If you continue with your own wellness education, both you and those
    you love will be happy you did.
    (Carmel Aaron lives in Heber Springs has a degree in biology and has
    been certified by Proevity in Nutrition and Glycemic Indexing. She
    owns and operates Anatomy Academy Wellness.  Where she teaches: Weight
    Loss, Nutritional consulting, assisting with Pain reduction &
    Detoxification. To contact her email: AWellnessCoach@Gmail.com)
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