Monday, July 13, 2015

Magnesium- Getting it Right

UPDATE: Be sure to read PART TWO on Magnesium

Migraines, muscle spasms, tics, trouble swallowing, exhaustion, poor memory, depression, chest pains, mood swings... all these and more are signs of a magnesium deficiency.

"But Michelle, I take a multi-vitamin every day", or "I eat lots of magnesium rich foods, so that can't be right."

Some clarity on this: when you have been magnesium deficient for a long time (more than a couple of months counts as a long time), your intestines become damaged. Specifically, they become damaged to no longer absorb magnesium from your food or supplements. So magnesium deficiency causes gut damage, and gut damage causes magnesium deficiency. Catch 22. Don't worry, there's a fix.

Any gut damage by itself will also cause magnesium deficiency. What causes gut damage? Any abdominal surgery (hernia, C-section, hysterectomy, etc), auto-immune diseases, gut diseases (IBS, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, etc), and parasites.

Number One cause of gut damage: ANTIBIOTICS.

If you have ever taken an antibiotic and you did not supplement with probiotics at the same time, your gut was damaged. If you took an antibiotic more than once in your life without probiotics, more damage. If you cannot count how many times you have taken an antibiotic in your life, and you've never taken probiotics, you already know you have gut damage, you feel it every day- and yes, there is still a fix for this.

Magnesium is needed by Every part of your body, for almost Every function. Heart, brain, liver, lymph nodes, intestines- low mag not only causes problems, it has a domino effect by lowering Other vitamins you need as well.

Have you been diagnosed with low vitamin D? Guess what- if you don't have enough magnesium in your body, then you cannot absorb D from food or supplements, and you cannot turn sunlight into D. Does not work. Your D levels will continue to drop until you take care of your magnesium deficiency.

But wait, there's more: you make a vitamin in your gut called K2. Low K2 affects D and magnesium... and low magnesium causes your gut to be so damaged you stop making K2, which then causes low D...

Here is the solution:
*recipes at end
  1. Take your magnesium in through your skin, starting TODAY.

    • You can do this with an Epsom salt bath; full bath or foot bath, just do one Every Day. Buy a BIG bag, as you want at least 1/2 cup for a full bath and it will go fast.
    • Buy or make magnesium lotion*; apply first in a small area, if your skin likes it, apply all over.
    • Buy or make magnesium deodorant*, use it daily

  2. Start healing your gut TODAY.

    • Take probiotics every day. You can do this via probiotic pills, eating live culture yogurt, or make your own* probiotics. Probiotics is a group name; there is more than one type. You want a variety, ideally, so choose several options. At least take one type of probiotic, this is vital! 
    •  Make bone broth*, and take it daily. You can use any bones- beef, pork, chicken, fish- though organic, free-range, grass-fed (etc) is best. There are so many gut-healing properties of bone broth, I can't even list them all. If you can't handle the broth, do the gelatin.
    • Consume gelatin from grass-fed cattle daily. Great Lakes is the best company I know of. You can get some that will dissolve in liquid so you can add it to any drink, or the kind that sets up to make wiggly jello, which you can flavor with whatever you like. You can even use the gelatin to make your own gummy vitamins*.
    • Make homemade fermented foods* and eat them daily. Fermented foods have good bacteria and enzymes, which heal your gut.
  3. Start eating Gouda cheese TODAY.

    Gouda cheese is high in K2, which you need with the magnesium- it is also high in Calcium. You need calcium for magnesium to work, otherwise everything goes out of whack and the mag remains inert. There are other foods high in K2, but my own personal experience has found they do not work when your gut is currently damaged; the Gouda, for whatever reason, does. I believe it has to do with the whole cheese process, bacteria and enzymes and whatnot. Eat 1/2 ounce daily. (the size of a standard playing die or slightly bigger than a sugar cube)
SUMMARY: by the time you are experiencing symptoms of magnesium deficiency, you need to supplement through the skin (at least for a while) AND heal your gut. 

*Recipes*
Magnesium Lotion Recipe
Magnesium Deodorant Recipe
Other Skin Magnesium Options
Bone Broth Recipe
Fermented Recipes: Sauerkraut, Pickles, Garlic, Salsa, Ketchup
Probiotic Recipes: Kombucha, Root Beer, Fudgesicles, Lemonade
Gummy Vitamins

All these recipes, articles, and more are on my Heal Your Gut pinterest board.