Masters of Health Magazine November 2022 - Page 80

Causes  

Poor diet, alcohol, impure water, fluoride, GMOs, food additives, processed junk foods, refined sugar, gluten, damaged oils, drugs (recreation and pharmaceutical), toxic agriculture chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides such as glyphosate residues deplete Mg.  In addition, stress (emotional, biochemical, or environmental) cause a rapid and massive depletion of Mg from the body.  The Western diet and lifestyle contribute to a Mg deficiency and all the ailments (listed above) attributed to it.

 

Plus, a Mg deficiency worsens with age, which is why some people are sicker, less stress-tolerant, and more prone to depression and PTSD as they grow older.

 

Tips 

•    Avoid coffee, alcohol, carbonated, and sugary beverages. Drink spring water.

•    Increase stomach acid.  Low stomach acid — which can result from digestive disorders or by taking antacids — prevents minerals like Mg from being adequately absorbed.  A supplement containing betaine hydrochloride (HCL) increases stomach acid levels when needed.

•    Eat organic, Mg-rich foods.  Avoid highly processed foods.  Find an organic, regenerative agriculture farmer that uses Mg-enhanced fertilizer to condition depleted soil and maximize nutrient content.  Whenever possible, eat organic or pasture-fed meat and raw or steamed vegetables (heated to no more than 110°F) at each meal.  Steam vegetables instead of boiling them to retain nutrients.

•    Snack on sprouted, organic nuts and seeds.  The process of sprouting releases the phytic acid that causes Mg depletion.  It also helps retain enzymes that help your body digest the nuts and seeds.  While all nuts and seeds contain Mg, pumpkin seeds are a particularly rich source.  Make sure they are not rancid.

MAGNESIUM THERAPIES

 

• Intravenous Mg is recommended by the ACC/AHA/ESC 2006 Guidelines for Management of Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias.  It is also recommended for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death for patients with ventricular arrhythmia associated with torsades de pointes who present with long QT syndrome and for treatment of patients with digoxin-induced arrhythmias.

• Mg sulfate – intravenous – is used to manage pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.

•    Hypomagnesemia, including that caused by alcoholism, is reversible by oral or parenteral Mg administration, depending on the degree of deficiency.

•    There is evidence that Mg supplementation may play a role in migraine treatment and prevention.

• Medically, Mg compounds are common laxatives and antacids.  Mg is also used to stabilize abnormal nerve excitation or blood vessel spasm in conditions such as eclampsia.