by Michelle LeSueur, BEP, CNC, CSN, CPT
How many of you eat healthy and exercise regularly but find that your energy levels are low? You know you’re not doing the blood sugar yo-yo, so what could it be? Those that have been avid sugar eaters in the past probably don’t realize that for every one of those sugar molecules you put into your body you robbed your body of fifty-four molecules of much needed magnesium, which explains why 3 out of 4 Americans are magnesium deficient. Many would say that they are getting plenty in their diet, but 90% of Americans don’t get the recommended daily allowance in their diets. Yes, magnesium does give you energy when your levels are where they should be.
The fourth most abundant mineral in the body is magnesium. Not only does it activate over 300 important enzymes, but it also is very important to the heart, muscles, and kidneys. In order to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and minerals, magnesium is required. In order for potassium and calcium to cross the cell membrane, magnesium is required. This is a very important mineral. The donut-like shape of red blood cells is completely dependent on magnesium. This shape allows the red blood cell to hold more Hemoglobin, which allows for more oxygen. The flexibility of your red blood cells relies on magnesium. The more flexible your cells are the more things can transfer in and waste can transfer out. It helps prevent calcification of soft tissue.
Another place that you get your energy is from your thyroid. This is what defines your metabolism. In order for the thyroid to function properly, you have to have the right balance of calcium and magnesium. Thyroid problems are rampant today, and I am sure a magnesium-depleted diet is one the major contributing factors.
People that have used diuretics (and I know many in the fitness industry do illegally) rob their bodies of magnesium. Also, medications like antibiotics have the same affect. If you are using products like DGC and other sugars for your workouts, know that you are depleting your magnesium and you will need to supplement.
Fatigue, irritability, and weakness are just a few symptoms of low magnesium. When your magnesium is low it causes a disruption in the efficiency of your energy. If you find that you are having muscle cramps, you will want to increase your magnesium and potassium because when magnesium gets really low, many times potassium will also be low.
Sleep issues is another problem many of American’s struggle with. Without proper sleep the body cannot regenerate organs and repair cell damage, as well as balance energy. Taking magnesium before bed will not only help you sleep better, but help move you towards better energy for the next day.
Magnesium can be found in leafy greens, nuts like almonds and cashews, whole grains, and fruit. So how much magnesium do I need? The average person needs a minimum of around 200-400mg a day, in order to be healthy. I personally believe it should be higher since many are so deficient. Unfortunately, if you take too much you may struggle with a loose stool or diarrhea.
The best forms as far as a supplement are magnesium amino acid chelate and magnesium citrate. These are the best as far as absorption. If you are someone with a bowel issue, more than likely you are depleted and you would need to get your magnesium from taking baths with magnesium flakes or use magnesium oil and lotion. Transdermal is a great way to get your levels up. It is applied to thin skin where it enters the blood stream and helps raise levels. The best form is magnesium chloride. The best product I have found is by Ancient Minerals.
Also, in order for your muscles to contract and relax, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is needed. ATP is nature’s energizer and found in every cell. Without ATP your cells could not repair, reproduce, or even function. Without ATP you can’t reproduce more cells, as many cells die each day. And guess what is REQUIRED to produce ATP? Magnesium! With out magnesium your body’s internal battery is dead.
If you find that your energy is low, instead of reaching for sugar or caffeine, try reaching for some magnesium and build your body instead of depleting it.
Michelle LeSueur is an Energetic Practitioner (BeP) and is highly educated in energetic testing. (EAV biofeedback technology) She spent three years educating and training on the use of energetic equipment. She is a Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC); Certified Sports Nutrition (CSN), Certified Nutritional Specialist (CNS), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), DSHEA certified (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act), Formulator, has a Neuro-Endocrine & Anti-Aging Regulation Certification (N.E.A.R), certified in Biological Terrain Management (BTM), holds a level II Reiki, 3 years nutritional counseling in a bariatric clinic, and has owned and operated a successful health food store. For more information on Michelle LeSueur, visit her Website at http://uniquehealthandwellness.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.