Medicine, as we know it today, is a sophisticated, complicated, intimidating elephant skin over a magnesium-deficient mouse.
Morley Robbins – MagnesiumMan.com
I have been digging into the important role that magnesium plays in our health. The deeper I dig, the more amazed and surprised I get as to the under-appreciated role that it plays.
(IMPORTANT: If you have kidney disease, be sure to consult your physician before making any changes to your magnesium intake, as the kidney’s play a key role in excreting excess magnesium.)
I led off this post with a quote from a leader in this area, Morley Robbins (aka Magnesium Man). I first heard Morley in an interview on Sean Croxton’s Underground Wellness Radio Show. That interview totally blew my mind. Here is the interview for you to enjoy, below. If you are at all concerned with your health, please don’t skip this interview.
As I read more about this amazing mineral, I realize that many modern-day diseases and health conditions are associated with a deficiency of magnesium. There is a reason that this is becoming a problem of epidemic proportions.
Our bodies are designed to deal with minerals in specific ways, based on their function in our systems and their availability in our environment. There are a few minerals that interact in very profound ways that have a huge impact on our health. These are magnesium, calcium, potassium and sodium. These minerals play key roles in your metabolism, muscle & bone health, heart health and much more. Many modern diseases and conditions can be linked to an imbalance in these minerals. Unfortunately, this fact is largely overlooked and under-appreciated by mordern-day medical practitioners. They tend to focus on selling drugs that try to mimic the effects of these minerals, instead of working to restoring these minerals to the level that our bodies need to thrive.
That being said, I don’t want to get into the political side of why minerals like magnesium are, largely, ignored by doctors. Instead, I want to give you some great information and resources so you can take control of this aspect of your health. I’m going to focus, particularly, on the interaction of calcium and magnesium in our body, because this symbiotic relationship is very important. First, let me tell you…
I’ve read and listened to 100’s of hours of information on many diverse health topics.
This simple concept of making sure you have a regular and adequate supply of magnesium can be one of the most important things you can do for your overall health.
I’m all about getting to the actionable advice, but let me just give you a little background on how we got to this crisis w/ magnesium deficiency.
For most of our existence as humans, magnesium has been a mineral that was abundantly available to us in the soil, sea water and in our food sources. The body received plenty of magnesium, so it would quickly excrete what it didn’t need. Conversely, calcium is not as readily available, so your body wants to hold onto whatever calcium it can find. Over the last 100 years, or so, things have changed. This balance of calcium to magnesium intake has been reversed. This is due to changes in our food system, culture, environment and health care practices.
We have over-promoted the use of calcium in our food supply, while at the same time depleting our food system and bodies of magnesium. A dangerous turn of events, that we need to realize and work to change. This imbalance of calcium to magnesium intake, is having a hugely negative effect on our health. A lot of modern ailments are a result of calcification in the body. Conditions like atherosclerosis, cataracts, kidney stones, arthritis, bone spurs and even cancer all can be caused by this collection of excess undissolved calcium accumulating in the body. Magnesium plays that critical role to help dissolve the excess calcium and let it be flushed from the system.
Over the last 100 years, the average daily intake of magnesium has steadily been dropping. In 1900, the average daily intake was around 600 mg., which is around the amount that I hear is good to maintain health. In the video below, you’ll see a chart that shows how this daily intake has been dropping every decade. Today, estimates show that we consume less than 200 mg. per day. This is a result of changes to our eating habits, quality of food, purification of our water supply, along with other factors. To make things worse, our calcium intake is up, due to supplementation, fortification of foods and, generally, the promotion of calcium as important to bone health. Ironically, if taken in the absence of proper levels of magnesium, it can have the opposite effects on health.
In addition to magnesium intake levels, we have been steadily exposing ourselves to more and more stress over the last several decades. Stress in many forms such as mental & emotional stress, chemicals, work-life, etc. Stress is very magnesium-depleting.
I’m not claiming to be an expert on this subject, but I’ve read enough to realize that it is a huge problem. Also, it is relatively easy and cheap to make drastic improvements. As a biohacker, this is exactly what I’m seeking. Quick and easy ways to make profound improvements to my health. So how do we do that…
First, look for signs that you are deficient. There is a list of “typical” symptoms, below. However, a lot of experts believe that most people are deficient in magnesium. Also, unless you have kidney disease, your body can easily excrete extra magnesium from the system. Therefore, it might be better to just increase your intake and see if you notice an improvement.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
- Tight, spastic muscles
- Muscle twitching
- Unstable blood sugar
- Seizures, tremors
- Heart palpitations
How much to take…
From what I’ve read, typically, about 500 mg. per day is good. Many say that it is based on your weight, so you may want to adjust that up or down.
What forms are best…
One of the great things about magnesium is that you can get it from several different forms, very effectively. These include…
- Topical gels and oils
- Oral supplements
- Magnesium-rich foods (nuts, seeds and cocoa are great sources)
- Intravenous doses
- Foot soaks (magnesium oil or, better-yet, magnesium chloride flakes)
- Tub soaks(epson salts or, better-yet, magnesium chloride flakes)
Absorption through the skin is a very effective way to take in more magnesium. Keep in mind, many of the most common oral supplements contain versions of magnesium that are NOT well absorbed in the digestive system.
Therefore, look for a chelated magnesium such as…
- Magnesium chloride (maybe the best, from what I’ve read)
- Magnesium sulfate
- Magnesium citrate
- Magnesium taurate
I strongly suggest you listen to the interview with Morley at the beginning of this article and watch the video presentation below.
If you have any questions or want to dig into this topic on a deeper level, I highly recommend Morley’s site at MagnesiumMan.com.
Morley recommends Jigsaw Magnesium w/ SRT (affiliate link). This product is time released and high-quality…much better than the Magnesium Oxide products that are the bulk of the products on the market.
Of course, if you have anything that I can help you with, just leave a comment below. I hope this helps you improve your health in some small way.