Fighting and Preventing Chronic Conditions With Magnesium
Posted on September 21 2018
If you were to ask yourself, “What makes life worth living?” what would your answer be?
Maybe it’s your family or pursuing your interests.
But unfortunately for those diagnosed with chronic conditions like Arthritis, Diabetes or Heart Disease, coping with an illness quickly replaces socializing with loved ones and following one’s passion.
Nearly 60 percent of American adults have a chronic condition and a shocking 42 percent have more than one!
With the nationwide prevalence of chronic disease, it’s important to not only be aware of these illnesses but to know your options in preventing and managing chronic health issues.
One method that shows a lot of promise is maintaining healthy magnesium levels in the body. Read on to find out how this miracle mineral does wonders for chronic conditions.
Magnesium and its Importance to the Human Body
Magnesium is one of the most common minerals on the planet. It can be found abundantly in our oceans, plants, animals, and, of course, humans. The human body contains approximately 25 grams of magnesium, the largest portion (50-60%) of which can be found in our bones, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissue and blood.
However, magnesium is not only an abundant mineral; it also plays a role of the utmost importance in the correct functioning of your body. Magnesium is involved in approximately 600 different bodily reactions; and while some of these functions, such as the contraction and relaxation of muscles, in which it plays a part, are quite obvious, others, which are possibly more important, including the creation and repair of DNA and RNA, and the regulation of neurotransmitters, are not. It is because of this that when the body's levels of magnesium are low, diseases can set in.
Magnesium Deficiency and its Relation to Chronic Disease
As previously noted, magnesium is one of the minerals that keep our bodies working properly, it helps to maintain bone health, regulates blood pressure, helps soothe bone pain and fight depression.
Magnesium also helps create new proteins. Some studies show it can benefit those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes by regulating their blood glucose levels, as well as those with arthritis by increasing calcium absorption and reducing bone pain associated with the disease.
Because of this, a long-term deficiency in the body's magnesium level can produce a number of symptoms that, if not cared for properly, might lead to a severe disruption of the body's mineral homeostasis, placing the patient's life at risk.
Some of the first symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
- loss of appetite
- nausea and vomiting
- fatigue, and weakness
As the deficiency increases, the patient might present numbness and tingling of the limbs, muscle contractions, mild to severe cramping, and seizures, as well as changes in their personality, abnormal heart rhythms, and even coronary spasms, at which point, the patient is at high risk for death.
But What About Chronic Pain? Can Taking Magnesium Help?
When you suffer an injury, you will soon start noticing swelling, redness and pain in the surrounding area. This condition is known as inflammation, and while you may be thinking of the type of inflammation you can suffer when you stub your toe or have any other external injury, the truth is that the internal portion of your body can suffer from it too, without letting on what is going on until it is too late.
Bodily inflammation can be even more severe than the swelling you see when you hurt yourself, but it normally presents in a much more silent way.
Because we tend to ignore the slightest symptoms and clues our body provides to let us know something is wrong, bodily inflammation can then develop into chronic pain, fatigue, obesity, and disease.
Similarly, magnesium deficiency is linked to chronic inflammation, which is why it is important to maintain the body's levels within acceptable ranges.
Magnesium Intake and the Fight Against Chronic Pain and Disease
One way to prevent chronic pain or diseases and to assist in management and treatment when already present, consists of increasing one's intake of dietary magnesium. This helps build the body's supply to prevent depletion and an unhealthy deficiency.
There are several ways our bodies can obtain magnesium that will aid in the prevention of chronic inflammation, disease and pain, including:
- Dietary changes,
- Mineral supplements
- Medicines like milk of magnesia
Some foods high in magnesium are:
- Black beans
- Pumpkin seeds
- Swiss chard
- Dark chocolate
However, when dietary changes are not enough, given the presence of magnesium deficiency symptoms, a supplement or medicine could provide better short-term results. Either way, it is always best to consult a physician prior to increasing your body's magnesium intake because people suffering from certain medical conditions or taking certain forms of medication, including antibiotics, might be negatively impacted by such a change.
Supplementing With Magnesium
In short, to keep your body in good working order and to help fight chronic pain and disease, you should consume plenty of magnesium-rich foods, as well as take a supplement if needed.
We offer a variety of magnesium products, so you can find an option suitable for your needs and convenient for your lifestyle.
If you’re lucky enough to have more leisure time, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) and Magnesium Chloride flakes are a great choice. You can relax in the tub while your body restores its depleted magnesium levels.
But if you’re on the go, you can take a quick shot of our Magnesium Chloride USP or spritz yourself with Magnesium Oil before heading out the door.
Your quality of life is important and a chronic condition shouldn't get in the way of what matters.