This article is written by our guest blogger Tina Fox. Tina Fox, LMBT is a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and works as a neuromuscular therapist in Cary, NC
As an ex-elite athlete in my thirties, I found myself chronically tired and with the aches and pains of an 80 year old. (I had felt this way since I was 16 years old.) In addition, I was working in a high stress job. I finally decided it was time for a change. I changed my career to work in soft tissue therapy and understand why we have such an epidemic of chronic pain.
After doing some research, I discovered my grandfather’s way of doing things was right. He grew all of his own vegetables in a huge garden in our back yard. As kids, he had us go outside and pick our own raspberries for dessert. He would then pour a little cream over them. This was yummy. He had us soak our aches and pains in epsom salt soaks and then had salve to rub on our cuts and bruises. We used to giggle at his old ways. Maybe he knew a few things. He was a potato farmer after all. He saved his bacon grease in a cup to cook his eggs. He slowly ripened his garden tomatoes in the sun. He was always eating fresh sliced tomatoes, cabbage with vinegar and, of course, potatoes.
So that brings us back to magnesium. Remember the epsom salts our grandparents used? Magnesium chloride is a form of magnesium that is readily absorbed by our skin and utilized by our body. So why do we need it?
I love talking about magnesium and the good it does for our bodies. It’s hard to believe it doesn’t get the press that calcium does. But, then again, who really profits if you are magnesium deficient? Not the milk people…
Uses of magnesium by the body:
As a body worker I have learned that magnesium is the relaxation mineral. Calcium works with our muscle cells to cause a contraction and magnesium is the chemical that causes the muscles to relax. But there is more. Much more! “It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. Magnesium is crucial to its proper functioning and is involved in more than 300 bodily processes including:
- muscle and nerve function
- heart rhythm
- immune system function
- blood sugar level regulation
- blood pressure
- energy metabolism
- protein synthesis
- bone health
- It boost energy and relieve pain and muscle aches
- It helps with sleep disturbances-restless leg, headaches, anxiety, TMJ pain.
- It helps prevent calcification of the tissues of the body as part of the aging process.
- It relieves inflammation that can lead to chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, migraines, IBS, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
Yet… Over 76% of all Americans are magnesium deficient. Why are we deficient?
- Magnesium helps our body to process and release the energy from sugar molecules. It takes 29 molecules of magnesium to digest 1 molecule of sugar. We eat too much sugar!
- Magnesium aids in making stress hormones….we sure are stressed out!
- Our food supply is low in magnesium. And we eat little of these foods.
Great sources of magnesium:
Nuts and seeds are a great source of magnesium.
Other good sources of magnesium, providing anywhere from 64-170 mg per serving, include:
- Beans, especially pinto and black
- Plantain, raw
Reference: Magnesium rich foods––Foods that contain magnesium-(courtesy of the Vitamin D council)
And magnesium is readily absorbed transdermally via magnesium oil or through epsom salt bath (my personal favorite).
Magnesium is also needed for our body to absorb Vitamin D. There is a vital link between these two in our bodies that is now believed to play a large role in chronic pain syndromes that effect our muscles and nerves. There is a lot of great information on the website for http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
Please contact a healthcare provider to monitor your supplementation of vitamin D and Magnesium.
I thank my Pop (grandfather) for all of the wonderful life lessons that will benefit me and my family!
Yours in good health.
Thank you, Tina!