Updated: Jul 6
You know how much I adore my magnesium. Aside from the obvious benefits of relaxing your brain and your bowels, magnesium is necessary for the production of your body's energy. It is needed for over 300 actions and reactions in the body.
I see magnesium levels now on a weekly basis when I receive clients' results from their Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. Only one or two tests have come back reporting clinically appropriate magnesium levels. Every other client is either way too low or way too high.
If you have your blood serum levels of magnesium tested, your results will come back as normal every single time. The blood needs a certain level of magnesium, or ya die. If levels are too high or too low in the body, however, we will see it in the hair.
Aside from the normal magnesium deficiency symptoms (constipation, leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, anxiety), other ways the body will tell you that you need magnesium are as follows:
- dysregulated blood sugar
- heart arrhythmia
- high blood pressure
- calcification of arteries
Since many of you are on the magnesium bandwagon already, let's take a closer look into the different forms of magnesium. Are you taking the best form for your body?
This fairly comprehensive list comes from pp. 153-155 of Brisson's digestive tome.
If you need to sleep better and relieve anxiety:
If you need more energy or have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
If you need to relieve GERD or need to increase stomach acid:
If you need to support your heart function and cognitive function:
If you need to reduce high blood pressure or swelling:
If you need to support your rocking pecs after a good bodybuilding session:
If you need to relieve tension during a time where you are sick with a virus:
If you need some extra Vitamin C with your Magnesium:
If you are an endurance athlete and want to promote recovery:
Magnesium ZMK (not elemental magnesium, but a multi-vitamin)
If you are a constipated insomniac:
If you want to increase magnesium in your brain:
If you want to create a do-it-yourself colon cleanse:
If you cannot tolerate any other form of magnesium:
Magnesium Phos 6X (homeopathic cell salt)
The ones I use on a regular basis are magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide, and magnesium lysinate. I look forward to experimenting with new kinds of magnesium as I learn more about their specific purposes. Which ones do you use? Will you change it up? Let me know.
And Happy Mother's Day.