Did you know panda’s poop an average of 40 times per day?
They have to eat a lot of fiber to get enough nutrients to sustain their health.
It’s interesting how these animals have the natural instinct to eat enough to fuel their body with the right amount of nutrition to sustain life.
Unfortunately, humans lose a lot of intuition around eating because we pick up certain beliefs about food growing up and carry both the healthy and unhealthy traditions from one generation to the next.
Many times we blame genetics for a disease process when it may have more to do with our habits and environment.
Today I’ll focus on 1 nutrient because it’s one of the most common deficiencies due to our depleted soil, poor quality animals, and over-consumption of grains and processed foods filled with anti-nutrients. This mineral is Magnesium.
How can you tell if you’re deficient?
If you’re like most people, you’ve tried a lot of diets. We want to find the perfect plan that works best and gives us the results we want with a simple, easy, fun, and doable plan.
Many new fads (healthy or not) can lead to deficiencies because they’re restrictive and don’t provide enough nutrients.
Another problem is that rapid weight loss can lead to nutrient deficiencies.
The key to resolving this is to address the underlying cause.
Here are a few signs you’re deficient:
- Inability to fall asleep or waking up throughout the night
- Cravings for carbohydrates or processed foods
- Low energy, especially in the afternoon
- Headaches, anxiety, and/or depression
- Inability to handle stress or feeling super stressed
- Muscle spasms, soreness, or cramps
- Bloating or chronic constipation
- Low thyroid and low bone density
- Bloating or chronic constipation
Could magnesium deficiency be deadly?
When I say the word malnourished, you likely think of those in underprivileged countries, and not your neighbor or family members who have access to plenty of food. But the sad truth is, many of the people we encounter on a daily basis are malnourished – and it results from having plenty to eat, but not enough nutrition.
A respected medical study reported that 77% of diabetics were deficient in magnesium, and at risk for deadly complications from this deficiency. Those with adequate levels have a 17% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It is also important for the heart and regulating blood pressure. Those with the lowest levels of magnesium also have the highest risk of dying from heart attack.
There’s a difference in addressing your labs in a traditional way versus exploring them from a holistic standpoint and addressing them in a way that offers insight into the cause of your health issues. When we address the underlying cause of these deficiencies, we can stay healthy, or maybe even experience it for the first time in a long time.
How can you support magnesium deficiencies?
If you’d like to take the first step in looking at your labs from a whole body perspective with a functional analysis, you can order a set of labs here and I’ll do a full analysis and interpretation for you. This advanced blood panel is designed to give you insight into your overall health. It comes with a single lab interpretation session so we can discuss next steps for addressing the underlying cause of your health concerns.
(This is not available if you life in NY, NJ, or Rhode Island)
The other option I love for balancing electrolytes in the body in a balanced way that includes a little magnesium support is through the use of daily electrolytes. You can check out my favorite brand and receive a gift with your purchase here.
Consume magnesium rich foods found in nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, almonds, and cashews.
Avoid processed foods as much as possible since they are known to prevent the body from absorbing nutrients as it should.
If you find you’re deficient, use a quality brand of magnesium for supplementation. Most people can benefit from a little bit, but all sources are not created equal.
If you’re tired of trying to figure out your health on your own and are ready for a step by step plan so you can learn to tune in to your body and give it what it needs to get healthy and stay that way once and for all, complete this short application and we’ll schedule some time to see if one of the “Go With Your Gut” program options are right for you.