From Dr. Daryl Gioffre
Magnesium is perhaps the most important mineral and nutrient in your body. It is crucial for healthy energy levels, to keep us calm and relaxed, for a healthy heart cardiovascular system, and most importantly, serving as a powerful neutralizer of acid. As we all celebrate Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month, many people are needlessly suffering because of being deficient in this critical mineral. In fact, 90% of all Americans do not get enough magnesium from their diets. Most modern heart disease is directly related to magnesium deficiency.
Low magnesium levels adversely affect your heart and your blood vessels, and this is primarily due to low magnesium consumption in your diet. But here’s the harsh reality – it’s not your fault! Even when you try to eat healthy with a diet rich in dark green leafy vegetables and magnesium, it’s impossible to get the magnesium your body needs and requires on a daily basis.
Did you know that you need to eat 60 servings of spinach today to get the same minerals that 1 serving gave you in 1948! Over the last century, our farmlands have become depleted and stripped away of their essential minerals, making it hard for you to get the minerals that you need. The soil our food is grown in has been overworked to meet the needs of a growing population, and our health is paying the price.
Our plants are grown in devitalized soil that has been severely tainted by acid rain, and because of this, magnesium levels in our greens are at an all-time low level. In addition, industrial farming methods use pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and nitrogen fertilizers, leaving our soil depleted, and our food lifeless.
Even when eating organic, you are only getting 1/3 of the minerals your body needs. To put this into perspective – over 1 generation ago our grandparents were getting 500mg of magnesium from the foods they ate, whereas today, we are only getting 200mg.
Because of the nature of the world we have adopted, magnesium supplementation has become a necessity. It is so important for so many reasons I have already stated, but most importantly, for its ability to neutralize the acids and toxins in your body. And if you happen to be consuming a high acid diet filled with sugar, grains, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, dairy, meat, caffeine, etc – it will further deplete your magnesium levels causing muscle cramps, spasm, and pain, as well as cravings for sweets (yes, that sweet tooth is caused by a magnesium deficiency!).
But don’t fret – there are so many natural ways to get the magnesium your body needs on a daily basis. First and foremost, organic is always better and you must demand it. When available, go for your organic farmer’s market, as research shows their mineral levels are fifty times higher than what you buy in the plastic containers in your grocery stores. Aim for high alkaline foods loaded with magnesium like spinach, kale, Swiss chard, watercress, avocados, collard greens, turnip greens, raw almonds and sesame seeds, quinoa, and cacao for all you chocolate lovers.
Any food high in chlorophyll is the answer. When you look at the molecular shape of chlorophyll, take one guess at what the center atom is – Magnesium. So any food that is green will be rich in chlorophyll, and thus, higher in magnesium. In addition to eating your greens, it is essential that you drink your greens. Go for smoothies, green juices, and raw green soups as a regular part of your diet. Every day upon waking I take one scoop of my Alkamind Daily Greens, an alkaline superfood supplement with twenty-seven magnesium rich vegetables and sprouts. One scoop of this dehydrated greens powder will give you five servings of organic greens; so before your day even begins, you are getting loads of magnesium and other phytonutrients.
I also like using magnesium oil on my skin. Any areas where you have sore muscles, wrinkled skin, or any build-up of lactic acid from a workout, applying magnesium trans-dermally is effective and it works fast.
After dinner is a perfect time to up your mineral reserves. Your body is most acidic in the middle of the night between the hours of 1 and 3am, and this is when your body’s magnesium levels need to be the highest. If you are not getting enough magnesium through diet and supplementation, your body will pull it from its muscles, along with calcium from your bones to neutralize all that acid. To prevent your body from having to self-regulate and further deplete your supply, take an epsom salt bath before bed. It is very calming to your nervous system, and again, gives your body a health supply of magnesium (Epsom Salts are Magnesium Sulfate). Fill up a bathtub with very hot water (careful not to burn), and add 2 cups of Epsom salts, 1 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, another alkaline mineral superstar), and ten drops of your favorite essential oil.
Lastly, about 30 minutes before sleep, I take my Alkamind Daily Mineral supplement. This is an alkaline powder that mixes with water, and contains 4 of your most crucial alkaline mineral salts – magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium bicarbonate. Not only will you get your best night’s sleep, you will wake up with amazing energy levels, and most importantly, will be giving your body the magnesium that it needs to have a healthy body full of vitality!
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