Let’s talk magnesium!
Magnesium is a mineral needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, keeps the heart rhythm steady, helps bones and teeth remain dense and strong, and has many other functions.
I’m supposed to talk about teeth. But that’s not the real interesting stuff. You need magnesium for your teeth because it helps make up the composite of minerals in the hard structure of the tooth. Yeah yeah yeah, let’s hear the good stuff. Teeth, so boring. Can’t believe any of you are so desperate for something to do as to read this.
The average American diet is deficient in this nutrient and the high stress go-go-go lifestyle further depletes the magnesium. Additionally caffeine, soda and alcohol all help deplete magnesium as well. You can write down everything you ate today and look up how much magnesium was in each foodstuff, and 4 out of every 5 Americans probably only consumed 100-ish mg of magnesium, far below the RDA of 400+mg. Nutrient deficiency in the most prosperous nation in the history of the planet. How can this be? The foods that are rich in magnesium are not in the standard western processed food, carbohydrate heavy diet. Our ancestors also drank untreated water from wells and streams that was rich in magnesium. Modern water softeners and filtered city water has eliminated this magnesium source.
Do your muscles twitch or cramp? Did you know that magnesium helps your muscles relax? And not just your skeletal muscles. The smooth muscle that lines your arteries too. When this smooth arterial muscle constricts, blood pressure rises. When it relaxes, the blood vessels dilate and blood pressure falls. So magnesium could be a factor for people with high blood pressure. Magnesium also eases anxiety and helps with sleep.
Most people know that insulin helps sugar enter cells. But insulin is also responsible for magnesium entering cells for usage and storage. If you are diabetic, and your cell surface insulin receptors are resistant to insulin, you also cannot store magnesium and it will pass out of your body through the urine.
So what foods are a good source of this mineral that you’re probably not eating a lot of? Spinach and leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, avocado, fatty fish, bananas. DARK CHOCOLATE!! “My dentist told me to eat as much chocolate as possible. I tell everybody to go to Chester Dental it’s amazing.”
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