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WHY MAGNESIUM IS KEY FOR WEIGHT-LOSS AND OVERALL HEALTH

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Magnesium plays a very crucial role in how our body handles two major factors in weight loss: fat and insulin. This makes it quite possible that your inability to lose weight is attributed to Magnesium deficiency.  Did you know that about 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient? This is due to our soils being so depleted of key minerals and more and more food becoming more and more processed stripping them of key minerals and vitamins. A  lack of sufficient magnesium in your diet can cause weight gain and even obesity as well as many other health conditions and the main ones I see are; anxiety and depression.

Magnesium is a very important energy nutrient that functions in your body to help activate enzymes involved in the digestion, absorption, and use of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Without energy nutrients, it becomes very easy to develop unnecessary food cravings, low blood sugar, anxiety, depression and a tendency to overeat making weight loss feel almost impossible. Magnesium helps insulin guide glucose into cells in our body to create energy. When there is not enough magnesium in the body for that process, glucose and insulin levels elevate, glucose is stored as fat, and the extra insulin puts you at risk for serious conditions.

Magnesium counteracts the effects of stress on the body. This is another valuable role of magnesium, its ability to reduce the effects of stress on the body helping you actually relax. You have probably heard that stress triggers the release of a hormone in the body called cortisol, which can make your metabolism slow down when it becomes elevated and out of range. With a slow metabolism, it becomes very difficult to lose weight and keep it off. Missing key minerals and vitamins can really hinder us from reaching our health and fitness goals overall.

Missing key minerals and vitamins can really hinder us from reaching our health and fitness goals overall.

Increasing or adding magnesium to your daily routine can also help reduce belly fat. Magnesium helps to reduce abdominal fat because over half of the insulin in the bloodstream is sent straight to the abdomen. As a result, the more sugar you consume, the more insulin your body produces and sends to your abdomen for processing.  Some studies have shown that Magnesium deficiency leads to abdominal obesity. This is one of the reasons why getting enough daily magnesium is crucial and can help keep your middle trim and lean as weight around the midsection is one of the most dangerous places to carry extra weight for many reasons.

Below are some examples of what conditions studies have shown to improve by the use of magnesium: 

  • Hypertension
  • Migraines
  • Glaucoma
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Mood swings
  • Type II diabetes
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Muscle tension 

How much Magnesium should you have in your diet?
Magnesium plays a role in many processes within the body so, we really need to consume a significant amount of Magnesium every day.  Even though we can all have different magnesium requirements, this is because some individuals are more magnesium deficient than others. Then some individuals may be taking supplements that affect how well magnesium is absorbed. Vitamin D and Calcium are two good examples of supplements that work with or resist magnesium function. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to have your magnesium levels checked to determine your level of deficiency to ensure the proper dosage for you. As well as to even consider if you need to take vitamin D or calcium. Believe it or not, too much vitamin D isn’t good either, so it’s important to find the right balance for your body.

Supplements are meant to be there to assist us with our body’s specific needs and should be placed as needed in our routines. Magnesium is by far one of the best things we can do for ourselves starting today.

WHICH MAGNESIUM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Several different types of magnesium target different functions in the body. Below, I’ve laid some hypothetical magnesium stacks for different issues that some individuals may have and from my experience as a health coach, I can almost guarantee that you probably have one of these listed below. Please always check with your doctor or health Coach to find the correct dosages for you and to work around any health conditions that you may have.

Those who wish to obtain moderate weight loss goals:

  • 320 mg of well-absorbed organic form of magnesium (Magnesium Citrate)
  • L-carnitine to assist with burning fat for fuel,
  • Glutamine for blood sugar balancing and sugar cravings
  • Chromium to assist with blood sugar regulation and insulin sensitivity
  • Zinc and selenium to assist with thyroid hormone function and
  • Some of the B vitamins to help support metabolic function

Those who need energy and more alertness:

  • 150mg of well-absorbed chelated magnesium (Magnesium Malate)
  • Vitamin B6 in the form of active B6 (p5p) helps with a number of different aspects of metabolic function to assist you in making energy and burning fat

Those who suffer from stress and insomnia:

  • 300mg of well-absorbed magnesium in the form of glycinate (Magnesium Glycinate)
  • 3g of taurine to help with improving insulin sensitivity and balance blood sugar, making fat loss easier. It can also assist with sleep, stress relief and recovery after exercise
  •  B6 helps with a number of different aspects of metabolic function to assist you in making energy and burning fat

For ambitious weight loss goals and those who are prone to sugar cravings:

  • 300mg of well-absorbed chelated magnesium (Magnesium Citrate)
  • Glutamine for sugar cravings, blood glucose control and insulin sensitivity
  • 250mcg of chromium for blood sugar balance and insulin sensitivity
  • 5mg of biotin to help regulate blood sugar control
  • vitamin B6

By now you can see why, in the grand scheme of things, just how important magnesium is for us all. This is one simple fix for many health conditions and in my opinion, it’s probably the most important thing we can add to our diet. Remember that it’s nearly impossible to get all the vitamins and minerals we need through our food alone, so that’s why we need to supplement. Supplements are meant to be there to assist us with our body’s specific needs and should be placed as needed in our routines. Magnesium is by far one of the best things we can do for ourselves starting today.

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