Did you know that 80% of Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their daily diets? And that many of us are very low in the nutrient?
The food you eat or beverages you drink are not always nutritious. I think we know that. But do you know how they hurt your body?
Lifestyle factors that can deplete magnesium in your body:
- eat foods with lots of sugar
- drink caffeine beverages
- drinking carbonated beverages
- drink more than a few alcoholic beverages per week
- take calcium supplements without magnesium
What are some of the ways you might be able to tell if you need more magnesium?
Some common symptoms of low magnesium are: high or low blood pressure, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, moods, cognitive abilities, irritability, anxiety, confusion, muscle and nerve pain, muscle spasms, jerky muscles or weak muscles.
In our house we actually had some of these issues and the first thing we do is to address nutrition. Since most of us don’t get enough magnesium in our diet, we decided to try a supplement to determine if it might help.
We believe that ours (my husband’s and mine) were nerve related – in the legs and hips – and it turned out that magnesium did help A LOT. To be pain free is a good thing!!
When doing our personal research that led us to magnesium, we heard about doctors suggesting magnesium supplements to people with nerve and muscle pain, where other treatments weren’t working or where a supplement would be better than a medication that was either too expensive (and not covered under insurance) or there were side effects with the meds.
I like natural nutrition, as I state here on this blog a lot, because there are side BENEFITS to natural food supplements – not side effects.
Benefits of Magnesium
All of the symptoms of low magnesium that are stated above can improve when your body gets more magnesium. Personally, it was nerve and muscle pain that improved for us, and I think that if it can help mood and anxiety issues that would be huge for people who suffer with them.
Other benefits include: helping to retain normal blood pressure and a steady heartbeat, helping to retain normal blood sugar, and providing relief from PMS symptoms, including water retention, breast tenderness, and bloating.
The magnesium supplement we use is from the Shaklee Corporation because we trust it like we do all of our Shaklee supplements. They are made as close to the way you find these nutrients in nature as possible.
They are called all-natural food supplements for this reason. Shaklee’s magnesium is a proprietary blend that includes elemental magnesium from three different sources. There is potassium for proper nerve transmission, normal muscle contraction and heart health, plus boron to aid in bone metabolism and magnesium utilization.
The difference in this brand compared to other brands is the gel-diffusion delivery system that slowly releases nutrients over four to six hours. This delivery system is designed to prevent gastrointestinal upset commonly associated with magnesium supplements.
If you think you may be at risk for not getting enough magnesium in your food, it is worth some time and effort investigating whether a nutrition supplement can help. To learn more visit: Shaklee Magnesium.