REASONS TO SUPPLEMENT

Nutritional supplementation can be a touchy issue-- some people are all about it, others don't see the need and some will argue we can get everything we need from eating & living well... That may have been the case in the past but the sad reality is that's no longer true. 

We are exposed to more chemicals than ever before which deplete nutrients and have left the soil where we grow food devoid of minerals and nutrients that were so abundant before. 

Then there's modern lifestyle that needs to be factored in; we're constantly on the go, stressed and as a results not absorbing nutrients as efficiently, eating processed foods that are fast and convenient, excessive caffeine consumption to keep us going.. all of which further deplete nutrients! 

As if that's not enough, as a society, we take medications for EVERYTHING and many of these deplete nutrients. One common example: PPI's (proton pump inhibitors; a class of medication commonly given for acid reflux) and metformin (medication given for diabetes, PCOS) both deplete B vitamins. 

All that to say: we could probably all use some supplementation. If you need a place to start, check out my post on magnesium and browse my curated online dispensary. Need further support? Schedule a complimentary consult and learn more about customized supplement packets tailored to your needs. 

ESSENTIAL FOR BASICALLY EVERYTHING

Magnesium is arguably one of the most essential minerals because of its various roles that have effects on every part of the body; it is needed by EVERY cell in the body. Its roles range from enzyme activation, muscle relaxation, cofactor for production of glutathione (which is the body's main antioxidant), adequate hydration, improves sleep quality and mood, helps prevent clot formation, inhibits fat formation.. ETC ETC. The list really does go on!

I truly believe there is no person that would not benefit from increasing magnesium intake. Especially because approximately 80% of people are deficient in magnesium. One of the reasons being that our soil is more mineral deficient than ever therefore making our food supply deficient. Not to mention, the standard american diet is lacking magnesium-rich foods, primary source being leafy greens, coupled with processed foods stripped of their nutrient content and a lifestyle that depletes magnesium (i.e. lots of coffee and lots of stress). 

Another reason for deficiencies being common is that routine bloodwork does not test for magnesium deficiencies and therefore subtle early signs of magnesium deficiency go unnoticed. 

Here are a few common signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency: 

  • muscle cramping
  • muscle twitching (eye twitching too)
  • muscle tension
  • menstrual cramps
  • migraines
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • poor sleep
  • abnormal heart rhythm 
  • +more

While I do feel most, if not all, people should take a magnesium supplement, there are magnesium-rich foods that can be added to the diet as well:

  • seaweed
  • chlorophyll-rich foods (greens are the most concentrated source)
  • aduki and black beans
  • nuts and seeds
  • and my favorite: CHOCOLATE  *however the therapeutic effects come from consumption of cacao

Magnesium is a safe to supplement; should you buy one ensure it says "albion minerals" which basically means it is of high quality, is bioavailable and third-party tested. You can also get it in through the skin by taking epsom salt baths (which is really great for muscle cramping!). Shop some of my recommended brands from my curated online dispensary

Needless to say, magnesium is definitely in my top 5 for supplement recommendations-- you can read about the other 4 I typically recommend here.

If you're curious about your magnesium and nutrient status, book a free 15 min consult with me to learn about how you can check your micronutrient status.