Magnesium And Inflammation

Magnesium is needed in the body for many tasks. It is involved in more than 300 chemical reactions in the body. Magnesium helps the muscles to contract, by sending the nerves messages. It keeps your immune system strong and helps your heart beat steadily, just to name a few.

First thing is first, what is inflammation?

Inflammation is the immune system’s response to an infection, irritation or injury. It is characterized by an increase in white blood cells, heat, swelling, pain or organ dysfunction. Inflammation can be triggered by our external environments such as using harsh chemicals and products or our internal environment through a poor diet.

Inflammation can be found in all parts of the body, under different names. For example, those who suffer from osteoporosis experience inflammation of the bones.

How can magnesium help?

Magnesium modulates cellular events involved in inflammation. In other words, it helps to place a hold on inflammation. Therefore, if you increase the concentration of magnesium in the body, the inflammatory response should decrease as well.

A magnesium deficiency can induce systematic stress or aggravate the immune response towards the inflammatory response. So it’s rather a win win situation, the magnesium will not only reduce the current inflammation found in the body but also help to protect the body from future inflammation and illness.

There is a strong connection between stress, obesity and diabetes. The stress chemical cortisol signals a metabolic shutdown that makes losing weight almost impossible. Magnesium can neutralize the effects of stress and is known as the anti- stress mineral.

Most people can get enough magnesium by eating a balanced diet.

Foods rich in magnesium include

Good quality dark chocolate

Roasted nuts and seeds (1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds provide your body with 100% of your daily requirement)

Avocado

Legumes

Brown rice

Leafy greens

Cornmeal

You don’t have to rely on expensive medication for the rest of your life!

Most health problems can often be resolved with a good, balanced diet, exercise and a few powerful superfoods.

However, even with an adequate diet, some people are at risk for magnesium deficiency, including people with digestive disorders such as celiac disease and chronic diarrhea. Certain medications can also hinder magnesium absorption such as water pills and antibiotics.

In these situations magnesium supplements may be necessary, however a side effect may worsen diarrhea.

If you are concerned about low magnesium its best to do a blood test, live blood analysis or DNA swap test to see how best to maintain a healthy magnesium level.

It is still the best remedy to get this mineral from the food you eat. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of magnesium for adults is 420 milligrams (mg) per day.

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