MAGNESIUM – The Miracle Mineral
In the last article, we discussed my post-traumatic growth experience (CLICK HERE to read again), emphasizing one’s ability to come back to oneself or even better via this growth experience. We explained the concept “Yerida zu l’tzoreich aliya – This descent is for an ascent of a much higher order.” I other words, sometimes we are at a much higher level after the challenge. I also mentioned at the end of the article that I would share some of the supplements that I take for my own well-being. The supplement I would like to focus on here is magnesium.
In my day-to-day life, my most challenging thing is to settle my energy, and slow myself down at night. Many of my clients complain of exhaustion or fatigue. My problem is just the opposite. I need to diminish my overabundant energy. This is where magnesium comes in as the most important part of my nighttime regimen. According to the research, magnesium has over 300 enzymatic and other functional benefits in our body. Also, there are many various types of magnesium, which have different benefits, and or depending on the individual, detriments. You may recall we’ve discussed how we are all bio-psycho-social-spiritual individuals. So, one person’s medicine could be another’s poison. In my situation, Magnesium is my miracle mineral!
Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is a famous doctor specializing in the miraculous magnesium. Her 300+ page book, The Magnesium Miracle, she discusses many of processes in the body that the vital mineral magnesium helps us with. Here are a few: It supports energy production, muscle relaxation, nervous system health and the release of neurotransmitters. It’s great for bone health, cardiovascular health, blood sugar regulation, mood sleep quality, stress reduction, headaches, inflammation, etc., etc., etc. Even though, there are many magnesium-rich foods, (CLICK HERE for my list) many of our soils are depleted of minerals, so supplements are very helpful.
How do I utilize magnesium for myself and my clients? Many of my clients have high anxiety throughout the day, and then they have a hard time falling asleep at night because of the “merry-go-round of the mind” (CLICK HERE to read again). For them, I will recommend (of course, with the agreement of their medical professionals), magnesium to relax them during the day. There are many sorts of magnesium. For instance, there’s magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium threonate, magnesium oxide, magnesium malate, magnesium orotate, magnesium lactate, magnesium chloride, etc. Each one of these has a unique profile and benefit. Because of what I said earlier, (since we are all bio-psycho-social-spiritual individuals) even this miracle element may even have a detriment. For instance, magnesium citrate in addition to its relaxing effect, can be very helpful for as a laxative too. But not everybody needs a laxative. For those who are constipated, it’s a wonderful thing to use, possibly even during the day, and depending on one’s need at night as well. Since my use of magnesium is specifically for relaxation, and nothing else, I needed to calm myself down and use it at nighttime. If one is not using magnesium citrate, for the reasons above, they can use magnesium (Bi)glycinate or (L)threonate. These forms have a greater bioavailability and will not cause digestive upset. Also, these two are well tolerated by many people, they’re good for promoting sleep and reducing anxiety. Magnesium threonate can cross the blood brain barrier increasing magnesium levels in the brain. Because of this, some of the research literature tells us that it is good for cognitive function, memory, and overall brain health.
At night I use (lots of 😉) magnesium threonate, passionflower, (B6) – P5P (also for brain health), lavender essential oil diffused in the room (CLICK HERE and you will see it on my page “My Favorite things) , blue light, blocking glasses (CLICK HERE to see the SWANNIES). Friday nights (i.e., Shabbos) I need to think ahead, and fill my diffuser and turn it on before candle lighting (THIS is the type of diffuser I use.) When I’ve been traveling or having late deadlines, I might take melatonin (for being “off” with my sleep timing), and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I might again take some Passionflower supplement, which is gentle, yet relaxing, and won’t cause grogginess in the morning. Additionally, the “Three Sisters of Sleep” are highly recommended – Valerian, Hops and Passionflower. This combo I would take if I were on a very long flight or in dire need of “quick” sleep.
I know sleep is a challenge for many people these days. I bless my audience with success in finding those things that help you sleep better in this race to the finish line of the 21st-century.
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Lots of success in your healing journeys.
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