Magnesium (Mag-Knee-Zee-Yum) is an alkaline metal and electrolyte that is very essential and hundreds of enzymes in our body need it to function optimally. 60% of it is found in the skeleton, 39% found in our muscle tissue, and 1% is found outside of the cells.
Estimates show that up to 80% of americans are magnesium deficient which means that many suffer from weakness in muscles, weak bones, high blood pressure, migraines, depression, anxiety, and a large range of other problems. Since magnesium is a macro mineral it means that large amounts need to be taken in order to be absorbed properly and used efficiently in our cells.
Now as amazing as caffeine is for us, it is also the arch enemy of magnesium, but why? Well, every time one consumes caffeine it flushes magnesium and calcium out of the body which severely depletes minerals in the body. Now remember that magnesium is an electrolyte so every time you sweat, are stressed, or use energy you are using up your magnesium stores and are in constant need of replenishment.
Remember the four electrolytes.
One of the cool things about magnesium is that proper levels in the body are so important for absorption and metabolism of calcium and Vitamin D. How do we get more magnesium in our diet? Preferably you want to get it from whole foods because absorption is more rapid in the blood stream, but a supplement works too. Too much magnesium from a supplement may cause low blood pressure, diarrhea, and some gastrointestinal upset so don’t over do it!
Ways to increase Magnesium:
- Dark Choocolate (72%+)
- Black Beans
- Magnesium supplement (250-450 mg)
“I heard that Oxygen and Magnesium were best friends and I was like O MG.”