Magnesium

Everything You Need to Know

Do you need magnesium? Is it beneficial or just a supplemental fad? Have you taken magnesium supplements but had no idea why? Do you even know what magnesium is?

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is a nutrient your body needs to be healthy and stay healthy. It plays a vital roll in how certain bodily functions get processed. It helps in regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, while also helping reduce anxiety and depression.

How much do I need?

The correct amount of magnesium needed per individual varies on age, sex, and daily dietary intake.

Recommended Amount of Magnesium
Chart courtesy of National Institutes of Health. Visit https://ods.od.nih.gov/ for more information.

Am I getting Enough?

If you are living a healthy and active lifestyle, chances are you are getting enough magnesium through your diet. Unfortunately, for many individuals this is not always the case. Elderly men and young pubescent girls are most vulnerable to low levels of magnesium from their diets. Also individual affected:

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Alcoholism

Paleo Foods with high levels of Magnesium

Magnesium is naturally found in foods such as the ones listed above but in others as well. If you have a well-rounded diet of healthy and natural foods getting enough shouldn’t be an issue.

Should You Supplement?

If you feel like your diet doesn’t contribute the essential foods that provide the level of magnesium you need – then yes.

My favorite brand is Natural Vitality. It restores healthy levels with an all natural, organic, flavorless powder. You can purchase it on Amazon or any local health and wellness store.

Is It Harmful?

No. Simply put if too much was ingested the kidneys would secrete the excess through urine. In some more specific cases, it may cause bloating, upset stomach, and diarrhea.

I encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about the use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health before making a decision.

-Angela

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