Magnifying the Relationship Between Magnesium and Autoimmune Disease
60% of adults in the United States reported levels of magnesium below the recommended standards .
When “magnesium” comes to mind, I get flashbacks to my favorite show Survivor where contestants are often challenged to use the metal and generate a fire in a stressful competition. I ultimately found it shocking that this same element used for combustion is more importantly an essential mineral that must be ingested by the human body for proper functioning. Without getting into too much of the science, magnesium serves as a critical regulator of the immune response in the body.
More specifically, magnesium regulates blood pressure, strong bones, heart health, nerve function, mental health, migraines, and pooping (magnesium is the main ingredient in most laxatives). Research indicates a strong link between low magnesium levels and a number of autoimmune diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to Diabetes. In fact, there is a significant correlation between increasing dietary magnesium to reduce the severity of rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
In spite of its importance, studies show that 60% of adults in the United States reported levels of magnesium below the recommended standards. In addition to farming practices depleting our soils of nutrients like Mg+, another big culprit are over-the-counter and prescription medications commonly taken for heartburn / gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Whether you’re dealing with the difficulty of autoimmune disease, seeking to reduce future onset, or simply looking to maintain nutrient balance, increasing magnesium in your diet is recommended by nutritionists. Magnesium is naturally found in dark, leafy greens, whole grains, legumes and nuts as well as fish, meat, poultry and dried fruits.
If you want a comprehensive look at your essential vitamins and minerals including magnesium, or a personalized approach to autoimmune disease and/or supplements, reach out to GLIM to schedule your free introductory consult. And if we end up recommending magnesium, you will be able to order a professional quality brand through our online apothecary and enjoy a 25% discount.
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