In my most recent blog post I described the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Very similar to that relationship is the relationship between Vitamin D and magnesium - this is what I want to talk to you about today!
In today’s world, Vitamin D is the newest “fad” supplement that many doctors, nurses, personal trainers and even health coaches are recommending for their patients and clients. After all, Vitamin D has many health benefits, such as it promotes healthy bones and teeth and is said to have a protective affect against cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
What many people fail to realize is that (contrary to what its name suggests) Vitamin D is NOT actually a vitamin, but rather, it is a hormone. There are many differences between hormones and vitamins, but one distinct difference is that hormone levels are regulated through a feedback system while vitamin levels are not. Let me explain what this means…
Vitamin D is the specific hormone responsible for grabbing calcium from a person’s diet and putting it in his or her bloodstream. When there is not enough calcium in the bloodstream, Vitamin D levels rise and the Vitamin D grabs more calcium from the diet. However, when there is enough calcium in the bloodstream, Vitamin D levels will begin to drop naturally – this is the way the hormone was designed to work.
When we don't allow the body to regulate Vitamin D naturally, we can supplement with more than is necessary. This excess Vitamin D can cause us to accumulate so much calcium that it sends us into magnesium deficiency! (To better understand the health implications of too much calcium (and not enough magnesium), be sure to check out my blog post Why Your Calcium Supplement Just Isn’t Working).
But this isn’t the only reason a high dose Vitamin D supplement has the potential to deplete magnesium levels. In addition, magnesium itself is necessary for changing Vitamin D from its storage form (which is the same as its supplement form) into its active form. When a person takes a high dose Vitamin D supplement, more magnesium is needed to change the Vitamin D into an active form, potentially depleting magnesium levels.
If you are currently taking a Vitamin D supplement, you may be depleting your magnesium levels! Remember, it is for two reasons Vitamin D has the potential to deplete magnesium: (1) Vitamin D pulls calcium from food and puts it into our bloodstream, and (2) magnesium is responsible for turning Vitamin D into its active form.
To get a better understanding about a potential magnesium deficiency in your body, call today to schedule a live blood cell screening! In addition to magnesium deficiency, there are many other deficiencies that can be seen, such as a deficiency in Vitamins B and C, iron, as well as other minerals and antioxidants! Call today to begin the journey of restoring your health at the cellular level!
Plus, stay tuned for information coming later this week on several different ways to get more magnesium into your everyday routine! I will be sharing with you some of the most magnesium-rich foods, yummy recipes you’ll love and information about a very effective magnesium supplement!
I mentioned in my most recent blog post that I’d be sharing with you why your calcium supplement just isn’t enough when taken without magnesium, and I’m here to share that information with you!
There are two primary reasons why calcium is not enough when taken without magnesium:
1.The Standard American Diet is rich in calcium, but lacking in magnesium.
Hundreds of years ago people didn’t consume nearly the amount of calcium we do today. They didn’t drink milk from dairy cows, they didn’t eat such large amounts of cheese, yogurt and butter and they certainly didn’t drink calcium-infused orange juice. At the same time, they were eating more magnesium-rich foods (as compared to what we eat today).
However, the times have changed and in today’s world, we tend to eat a diet that is VERY high in calcium, while being extremely low in magnesium. While there should be a 1:1 ratio between calcium and magnesium, the Standard American Diet is said to have a 10:1 ratio between calcium and magnesium - it has ten times more calcium than it does magnesium. Calcium-infused orange juice has a 27:1 ratio – 27 times more calcium than magnesium!
Now, I want to be very clear. In no way am I saying calcium is the problem. Calcium is not the problem. The problem lies in the fact that, as a society, we are consuming calcium and magnesium out of proper proportions. Instead of having a 27:1 or a 10:1 ratio between calcium and magnesium, we should have a 1:1 ratio (received from all water, food and supplements we consume).
2.While the body stores up all calcium consumed, it flushes out any excess magnesium.
The human body was created to hold onto calcium. This is for our protection so that our body has enough calcium when it needs it. Remember, eons ago they weren’t eating large amounts of cheese and butter. The human body wasn’t exactly designed for a calcium-rich diet, but rather, to hold onto the calcium found in a low calcium diet.
The human body, on the other hand, never holds onto an excess of magnesium. In fact, magnesium is said to have a “fail-safe” mechanism. When we consume more magnesium than is needed (usually through supplementation), the body will flush out the excess through our stool.
In today’s world, we are not only consuming a lot more calcium than we are magnesium, but we’re also holding onto the excess calcium we consume. I think you can probably start to understand that the body’s desired 1:1 ratio between calcium and magnesium is often times out of balance for two reasons: 1) because we are consuming a diet that is rich in calcium, but often lacking in magnesium, and 2) because the body stores up calcium while it has a fail-safe mechanism that flushes out any excess magnesium.
So, what does this mean for our health?
An excess of calcium over magnesium in our bones is not a good thing! Too much calcium and not enough magnesium in our bones cause them to be very brittle and frail, making a fractured bone or hip all the more likely. With the right amount of magnesium, our bones become resilient and “flexible” and the prevention of broken bones is more likely.
Not only is this excess of calcium over magnesium not good for our bones, it is also not good for the rest of our body. When we have an excess of calcium over magnesium, the body simply cannot use it all. Therefore, as we learned, the excess calcium is stored in the body. The problem lies in the fact that the calcium is not only stored in our bones. It is also stored in our kidneys, coronary arteries, cartilage and even in our breast tissue.
For this very reason there is a very strong correlation between high calcium intake and heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, some forms of arthritis and even kidney stones and kidney disease.
We have been conditioned to believe that consuming foods rich in calcium and taking calcium supplements is one of the best things we can do for our bones and teeth. However, this may not be true.
In the words of Dr. Steven A. Abrams, MD, FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics), professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, “Calcium is important, but, except for those children and adolescents with very low intakes, may not be more important than magnesium.”
In her book The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. refers to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which reports, “Neither milk nor a high-calcium diet appears to reduce the risk of hip fractures.”
If you or someone you know struggles with bone and joint health, magnesium could be the missing part of your healthcare protocol! Check your inbox later this week for information about some of the best magnesium-rich foods as well as the most effective magnesium supplements.
Of course, I’d love to work with you individually. If you’re ready to have a live blood cell screening, simply respond to this email and I’d be glad to set up an appointment with you.
Or, click here if you’re interested in learning about the many things that can be discovered through a live blood cell screening.
“Our physical wellbeing is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.” – U.S. Senate document number 264, presented in 1936
For decades it has been known how incredibly important minerals are for our health; however, a large portion of the general population still tends to be relatively uninformed on the vital importance of such minerals.
Today I want to talk to you about the importance of one specific mineral: magnesium. In this email I have outlined 4 reasons why magnesium is one of the most important minerals found in the human body:
1.Magnesium provides energy to the human body.
Energy is produced in mitochondria, which is an organelle found in large numbers in almost every cell in our body. Our mitochondria use an enzyme known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to produce energy - ATP must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be active.
Not only is magnesium a necessary cofactor (must be present for proper function) for ATP, but it is also a necessary cofactor for 700 to 800 other necessary enzymes as well. Without magnesium as their cofactor, these enzymes cannot function properly.
2.Magnesium is necessary for proper muscle function.
In addition to binding with ATP to produce energy, magnesium has many other important roles – one of these being that magnesium is intimately involved in the proper function of our muscles. Two primary minerals are needed to make our muscles work properly. The first mineral is calcium, which causes our muscles to contract. The second mineral is magnesium, which allows our muscles to relax after they’ve contracted.
It’s the contracting and relaxing together that causes our muscles to work properly. When we only have calcium and we’re deficient in magnesium, our muscles tend to get stiff and we experience muscle cramping and pain.
3.Magnesium is extremely important for many of the body’s vital organs, including the heart and brain.
Magnesium is extremely concentrated in the human body, so much so that a human cell has 100,000 times more magnesium than it does calcium. However, magnesium is the most concentrated in the heart (specifically the left ventricle of the heart) followed by the brain. These two vital organs use the largest amount of magnesium of all the organs throughout the body. It has been discovered that a lack of magnesium can contribute to calcification of the arteries, heart disease and stroke as well as depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
4.And lastly, magnesium plays the important role of regulating many of the other electrolytes used by the body, including potassium, calcium and sodium.
Magnesium regulates how much of these primary minerals we have in each of our cells. When a cell needs more potassium, for example, magnesium will allow more potassium to flow into the cell. When there is an excess of potassium, magnesium will force some out. Without magnesium, our cells do not have the proper amount of each of these minerals, and therefore, cannot function properly.
Magnesium is vitally important for optimal health. If you think you may be magnesium deficient, call today to schedule a live blood cell screening. There are specific cell forms within the blood that indicate a magnesium deficiency. We will get you started on a magnesium supplement (as well as magnesium-rich foods) to start reversing the negative effects of a magnesium deficiency.
You don’t want to miss what I have coming later in the week! If you’ve been (or currently are) taking a calcium supplement, but it’s just not doing what you thought it would, find out why! I have great information coming your way about the delicate relationship between calcium and magnesium and why your calcium supplement just isn’t enough taken without magnesium.
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Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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