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Magnesium: The Relaxation Mineral

Minerals are essential for nutrition and nutrition assimilation for our bodies. Minerals work in similar ways to vitamins, as helper’s for the body’s enzymes. They are needed to make our bones (calcium) and our blood (iron) and for our nervous system. One of the key players is Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is a common condition. If you are wondering if you could be deficient, check to see if any of the following apply to you:

. I have depression

. I fell irritable and often “fly off the handle”

. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

. I am often anxious

. I have Autism

. I have insomnia or trouble falling asleep

. I have muscle twitching

. Or my favorite “I have wiggly toes”… the feeling that I must wiggle them

. I have premenstrual syndrome

. I have heart flutters, skipped beats, or palpitations

. I get frequent headaches or migraines

. I have leg or hand cramps

. I have restless leg syndrome

. I have heart flutters, skipped beats or palpitations

. I have trouble swallowing

. I have acid reflux

. I am sensitive to loud noises

. I feel fatigued

. I have asthma

. I have constipation (fewer than 2 bowel movements per day)

. I have a lot of stress

. I have kidney stones

. I have heart disease or heart failure

. I have mitral valve prolapse

. I have diabetes

. I have cluster headaches

. I drink a lot of sodas

. I have Parkinson’s Disease

. I have Osteoporosis

According to  a report by the World Health Organization three quarters of all Americans eat a diet that is deficient in magnesium

World Health Organization. Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water: Public health significance. Geneva: World Health Organization Press; 2009.

One of the most bio-available sources of magnesium supplementation that we have found is an Isotonix form.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and supports more than 300 enzyme systems. It supports normal energy release, regulation of the body temperature, nerve function, adaptation to stress, metabolism and much more. One of the main mechanisms of magnesium in the body is its support of normal protein synthesis. Normal protein synthesis relies on optimal magnesium concentrations, as magnesium supports the normal delivery to the building blocks of life – our DNA – of signals that trigger the expression of amino acids. In other words, this process supports the body’s normal ability to “”make”” proteins. The recommended daily value for adults is 400 mg of magnesium. However, average daily intakes are much less. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that most U.S. adults – especially those over the age of 30 – were receiving, on average, approximately 290 mg of magnesium daily. That study also showed that dietary intake is particularly low among women. Unfortunately, inadequate levels of magnesium have been linked to poorer concentration, memory and cognitive function and muscle discomfort. Sleep quality is associated with higher levels of magnesium and when these levels are low, sleep quality may suffer. Isotonix Magnesium provides the body with 100 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium in a highly-bioavailable formula. Thanks to its unique formula, which includes two different types of magnesium to increase its absorption by the body, Isotonix Magnesium helps maintain normal blood pressure and supports bone health and sleep quality, while promoting head comfort and optimal muscle health.

BENEFITS of Isotonix Magnesium

  • Promotes head comfort
  • Promotes optimal muscle health and comfort
  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Supports a healthy sleep quality
  • Helps maintain normal blood pressure
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Promotes cognitive health
  • Supports bone health
  • Helps the body maintain a healthy (or sufficient or proper) level of magnesium, combating magnesium deficiency

INGREDIENTS

Magnesium (Citrate & Glycinate) (400 mg)
Magnesium is a component of the mineralized part of bone and supports the normal metabolism of potassium and calcium in adults. It helps maintain normal levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, adrenaline and insulin. It also promotes the normal mobilization of calcium, transporting it inside the cell for further utilization. It plays a key role in supporting the normal functioning of muscle and nervous tissue. Magnesium promotes the normal synthesis of all proteins, nucleic acids, nucleotides, cyclic adenosine monophosphate, lipids and carbohydrates.

 

Magnesium works together with calcium to help maintain the normal regulation of the heart and blood pressure. Importantly, magnesium also supports the body’s ability to build healthy bones and teeth, and promotes proper muscle development. It works together with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong. Magnesium also promotes cardiovascular health by supporting normal platelet activity and helping to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

 

Potassium (Bicarbonate) (150 mg)
Potassium is an electrolyte stored in the muscles. Foods rich in potassium include bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, avocado, raw spinach, cabbage and celery. Potassium is an essential macromineral that helps maintain fluid balance in the body. It also supports a wide variety of biochemical and physiological processes. Among other things, potassium supports the normal transmission of nerve impulses, contraction of cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle, synthesis of nucleic acids, maintenance of intracellular tonicity and maintenance of normal blood pressure. In 1928, it was first suggested that high potassium intake could help maintain cardiovascular health. Potassium supports normal muscle relaxation and insulin release. It also promotes glycogen and protein synthesis. Potassium is an electrolyte that promotes normal heartbeat. Potassium supports the body’s ability to regulate water balance, recover from exercise and eliminate wastes.

WHERE TO BUY:

MaggiesVitamins http://www.shop.com/THESHOPCONSULTANT/Isotonix+reg+Magnesium-792868342-p+.xhtml?credituser=R1159126

 

 

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Dementia Doubling! Now that’s Troubling!!

While wearing my digitial marketing hat today, I ran across this article about creating web based content geared to the growing population of people suffering from Dementia.

There are some staggering statistics in this article. “At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people living with dementia will almost double every 20 years, reaching 74.7 million in 2030, and 131.5 million in 2050. There are 3.3 billion internet users worldwide, and as the number of people with dementia continues to rise, so too will the proportion of internet users living with the condition.”

The me wearing my “wellness hat” was quite disturbed by this. My first reaction was that I need to help these people.  These numbers are off the charts and way too high. Aging should be beautiful and graceful, and yet too many people are suffering from this debilitating disease that comes in many forms.

Dementia is a term that has a broad spectrum attached to it.  A person may have dementia and it could be linked to something as simple as a Vitamin B 12 Deficiency.   In a Harvard Health Publication they discuss:

“ More than 50 conditions can cause or mimic the symptoms of dementia.

A small percentage of dementias are reversible. Symptoms subside when the underlying problem is treated.

Two common examples are dementia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).”

http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/whats-causing-your-memory-loss.htm

Some of the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency in regard to both mental and neurological changes are as follows:  http://www.maggieholbik.com/vitaminb12.html

Mental Changes

. irritability

. apathy

. sleepiness

. personality changes

. depression (including postpartum depression)

. memory loss

. dementia, intellectual deterioration

. hallucinations

. violent behavior

. in children, developmental delay and/or autistic behavior

Neurological Signs & Symptoms

. abnormal sensations (pain, tingling and/or numbness of legs, arms, trunk, or other area)

. diminished sense of touch, pain, and/or temperature

. loss of position sense (awareness of body position)

. weakness (legs, arms, trunk or other area)

. clumsiness (stiff or awkward movements)

. tremor

. symptoms mimicking Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis

. spasticity of muscles

. incontinence (urine and/or stool)

. paralysis

. vision changes (decreased vision or loss of vision)

. damage to optic nerve (optic, neuritis, inflammation, or atrophy of the optic nerve)

Another big player in the prevention and treatment of Dementia are Omega 3 EFA’s.

From an article at Medscape:

Schaefer concluded that 3 or more fish servings per week or at least 1 fish oil capsule per day (greater than 180 mg DHA/day) to raise DHA levels and supplementing or consuming adequate amounts of vitamins B6, B12, and folate (to decrease homocystine levels) could decrease the incidence of dementia.

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/514322_7

For information on both Vitamin B12 and Omega 3 EFA’s visit www.MaggiesVitamins.com

MaggieHolbik.com is a Life & Business Coach and believes whole heartedly in wellness of body, mind and spirit.

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Nutrition and Mental Health

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Clinical Psychologist, Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

This video is excellent for everyone to watch. People dealing with ADD, ADHD, bipolar, and other mental illnesses or any illness period, will find this both fascinating and encouraging! For example one study shows people with PTSD went from 65% down to 18% symptomatic within one month of micro-nutrient intervention. This is very encoruaging!

Continue reading “Nutrition and Mental Health”

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Are You Stressed Out?

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Stress is so hard on our bodies, mind and our spirit. It is hard to have a zest for life when you are stressed. One of the best things we can do is to lessen stress!

Are your stressed? Here are some indicators.

Do you try to do more than one thing at a time?
Do you rush through your meals?
Are you compulsive about punctuality?
Do you find it difficult to relax?
Do you interrupt others while they are talking?
Do you frequently lose your patience?
Are you accident prone?
Does life appear to be a constant struggle/battle?

Here are some symptoms of stress:

Tense Muscles
Anger Outbursts
Irritability
Racing/Irregular Heartbeat
Increased use of stimulants like drugs and alcohol
Crying
Loss of Self Confidence
Fluttery Stomach
Racing Mind
Increased Perspiration
Lack of Concentration
Excessive Sighing
Forgetfulness
Nail Biting
Teeth Grinding
Tense Shoulders
Back or Neck Aches
Heartburn
Cold Hands or Feet
Twitching
Decline in Productivity
Feelings of Being Overwhelmed

Foods to Help with Stress

Fresh Raw Fruits & Veggies
Fresh Raw & Steamed Veggies
Quality sources of Protein like Lean Meats, Fish & Whole Eggs or Vegetarian Sources
Raw Nuts & Seeds
Legumes (Split Peas, Lentils, Beans etc.)
Whole Grains
Good sources of Omega III’s like Salmon, Flax Seeds, Walnuts, Navy or Kidney Beans
Good food sources of Vitamin B

Or a Quality B Complex Supplement

Good Oils like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

Ways to Reduce Stress

Regular Walking for at least 1/2 hour 3 days or more a week
Deep Breathing Exercises
Gardening
Spending Time in Nature
Take up a Hobby
Playing Games
Relaxing Music
Meditation
Power Naps to Rejuvenate
Getting a Pet
Massage
Reflexology
Star Gazing

Digestive Health

You are What You Digest

What do weight problems, skin conditions, allergies, fatigue, insomnia, arthritis, headaches, depression, yeast infections, bloating, anxiety and a host of other conditions have in common? They may all be caused or worsened by poor digestion.  The key to optimal health starts first and foremost with the bodies ability to break down food and to utilize the nutrients from the food matter. Digestive Health should be on the top priority list for all health conscious individuals.

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