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Magnesium in Our Modern Diets

Have you ever wondered why you’ve tasted a difference in flavour and freshness between a free-range and a hatchery chicken? Why the bones in a free-range chicken are so much stronger? It is all to do with the diet they are fed.

In our modern world the foods we are eating are no longer as nutrient dense as they once were. This is mainly due nutrient lacking soil. In fact I recently visited a cabbage farmer in Eston who just had a soil analysis done and we found 0… Zero… magnesium in their soil. Cabbage is supposed to be magnesium dense… But if it ain’t in the soil it ain’t in our food. 

Magnesium is known to be the king of minerals. If you are magnesium deficiency you are going to know it, It often presents as fatigue, muscle spasms, aches, cramping, arthritis, decreased heart health, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, numbness, personality changes, anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, migraines, constipation, acid reflux and SO many more. 

Magnesium can be found in foods such as Avocados, Green Leafy vegetables, Flaxseeds, Pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, legumes, tofu, whole grains, fatty fish, bananas, soy beans, almonds, sesame seeds. Remember though, the story of the cabbage… If its not grown in organic, nutrient rich soil the magnesium levels will be low or not present all. 

So remains the question is food or supplement better? The answer is both. A supplement is similar to medical aid gap cover. We know that relying on medical aid alone is going to leave a deficit. 

So let’s focus on magnesium.

It can be supplemented in the following ways:

1. Magnesium Oil

Magnesium has been found to be best absorbed transdermally through your skin. Magnesium Chloride breaks down into magnesium and hydrochloric acid, the magnesium then enters the blood stream very effectively. There is nothing more relaxing than a magnesium oil bath soak! 

2. Magnesium Powder/Tablets

Elemental magnesium has helped so many, easy to drink and a dose at night helps with so many deficiency symptoms. 

Why is magnesium so good for bone strength?

When you do not have  adequate magnesium, calcium carbonate (chalk dust) sits on the bone surface and can make bones brittle. Magnesium converts the inorganic calcium into soluble calcium thereby allowing it to  absorb into the bone thereby creating stronger bones. Osteoporosis is often called brittle bone disease and this is because the bones calcify. 

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