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Alkaline Foods Rich in Magnesium- Deliver an Immediate Boost to Your Health!

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Alkaline Foods Rich in Magnesium- Deliver an Immediate Boost to Your Health! 

 

Did you know that magnesium deficiency is prevalent in North Americans?

 

Now, why should you care? Lack of this important mineral in the body can have some very serious implications. Diabetes, insulin resistance, heart attacks and high blood pressure and more have all been linked to magnesium deficiency. It also plays a part in the aging process.

 

What is Magnesium? Magnesium (Mg) is a basic (alkaline) mineral which your body uses to help excrete excess acid from the body. You can find magnesium in many foods, dietary supplements, and mineral water. However, due to poor quality drinking water, high fat diets, and consumption of processed foods,magnesium deficiency is rampant in North America.

 

This week, we'd like to share a little bit about how you can increase your magnesium intake and the advantages in doing so.

 

The Crucial Role of Magnesium in the Body

 

400mg of magnesium per day is recommended, but why? Well, magnesium plays many important roles in your body. Over 300 enzymes require magnesium to function!

 

Crush Diabetes with Magnesium

The level of insulin in the body and the ability of insulin to process glucose need to be maintained at healthy levels to prevent diabetes. Lack of magnesium has been linked to insulin resistance/sensitivity. Magnesium also plays a direct role in regulating vascular changes that occur with diabetes. So, the point is-- a magnesium rich diet can help prevent/mitigate the damaging effects of diabetes. Knowing this is very powerful! You CAN stay well naturally.

 

Magnesium for a Healthy Heart

Heart disease and heart attacks are also linked to a low amount of magnesium in the cells in various studies. A reason for this is that higher magnesium intake is thought to aid in the metabolism of cholesterol, blood pressure regulation as well as the prevention of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat.)

 

Calcium is Not the Only Vital Mineral for Bone Health

Magnesium is a key player in bone formation. It is also found in reserves stored on the surface of the bones which the body resorts to using when magnesium intake is low.

 

Magnesium will Pump You Up!

In the ability of muscles to relax, magnesium is crucial. Without it, muscle tension, spasms, cramps, and soreness are much more likely to occur. Magnesium also helps some of the fuels to be stored in muscle cells. Without it, your muscles become fatigued easily.

 

A Great Diet is Nothing Without Magnesium

Magnesium is also required in cell metabolism (changing nutrients into energy usable by your cells). Proteins, carbohydrates and fats all need magnesium to be metabolized. That means even if you have a great diet, if you are lacking in magnesium your body won't be able to reap the benefits of those power-foods.

 

Now you can see how this mineral plays a vital part in almost every area of your body's functioning, so read on to discover how to take in more magnesium each day!

 

 

Alkaline Foods are Powerful Sources of Magnesium

 

Since magnesium is alkaline by nature, it follows that foods rich in magnesium are also alkalizing foods.

 

Here is a list of some foods in which magnesium is naturally abundant:

Raw pumpkin seeds (also in season here in North America!)

Boiled Spinach

Boiled Swiss Chard

Cooked Soybeans

Salmon

Raw Sunflower Seeds

Sesame seeds

Halibut, baked/broiled

Cooked black beans

Cooked navy beans

 

Evidence also points to the magnesium content being higher in raw foods than cooked foods. This is just another reason to look into completely or partially adopting the 'raw diet.' But we'll get to that point later!

 

 

The Best Magnesium Supplements to Boost Body Alkalinity

 

It can be difficult to achieve the recommended 400mg/day of magnesium by diet alone. A good dietary supplement can also aid in meeting your daily magnesium requirements. However, there are some key points to consider about supplementing with magnesium as well as the rest of your supplementation regimen.

 

So to save you from doing your research on magnesium supplements, we've researched for you and found the following:

 

The most readily absorbed forms of magnesium are magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate, magnesium succinate, magnesium aspartate, magnesium lactate and magnesium taurinate, so look for these in a good supplement.

 

Do's and Dont's of Dietary Magnesium Supplementation

Do talk to your doctor about taking supplemental magnesium if you have impaired kidney function.

 

Do take your magnesium supplement with a meal which is low in fat content.

 

Avoid taking it at the same time as a calcium supplement, since calcium is seen to have a negative impact on magnesium absorption and retention.

 

Furthermore, magnesium plays a part in driving calcium into the bones, where it belongs, instead of potentially damaging soft tissues where excess calcium would otherwise remain.

 

That means getting enough magnesium helps calcium in your body do its job of fortifying bones. If you are taking calcium with magnesium use a 1:1 calcium to magnesium ratio. Watch out, because the combination supplements almost ALWAYS have too much calcium which will block the magnesium from becoming useful in your body.

 

And as always, it's recommended to avoid acidic soft drinks, ESPECIALLY when taking a magnesium supplement. Due to its acidic nature it will actually cancel out all of the benefits from taking the supplement.

 

Spread out your doses, preferably three, throughout the day. This reduces the occurrence of diarrhea/loose stools which is a side-effect that nobody likes!

 

No other side-effects exist, even at high doses, and magnesium supplements are completely safe for the average person.

 

Be patient though- it can take weeks or months to feel the positive benefits of increased magnesium in your life.

 

Magnesium in Alkaline Drinking Water

Studies have shown that people who drink water with higher levels of magnesium suffer from less heart attacks and heart disease. Low levels of magnesium in water can even lead to cancers and low birth weights.

 

But, the good news is that magnesium in drinking water is highly bioavailable. The water used for cooking also effects your food. Using alkaline water rich in minerals for cooking will increase the concentrations of these minerals in the foods.

 

Since you need magnesium to help perform almost everything, it is important to increase intake. Drinking magnesium each day is a no-brainer solution to help you achieve this!

 

 

How to Get Alkaline Water Rich in Magnesium and Other Minerals

 

Ideally, you'd like to either have a whole-home filtration system or pre-filter to filter your water before ionization. Which set-up you go with depends on your needs and budget.

 

Reverse-osmosis filtration is a surefire way to eliminate all those nasty chemical impurities found in our drinking supply. The key is then to pass your RO water through a remineralizer to add back in healthy minerals- including magnesium.

 

Even if you don't use an RO filter for your drinking water, it will probably naturally have some magnesium in it.

 

The next step in optimizing for magnesium absorption is a water ionizer, again there's a range to so you can find the ionizer which is the perfect fit. Drinking alkaline water can help your body keep up its reserves of magnesium.

 

Mineral water is even healthier when it's ionized. The alkaline minerals are more concentrated in water with a high pH. That means you will be drinking even more magnesium in ionized water than in non-ionized water. You should aim for 2-4 liters per day of alkaline, ionized water to turbo charge your body!

 

 

You can find what you need to set up your ideal home water system at Ionizer Oasis. Check out the RO-Perm and RO with Remineralizer reverse-osmosis systems and our selection of the best names in alkaline water ionizers. We're here to deliver the best in drinking water to you and your family!

 

That's all for this week. We hope you learned a lot about the super-star mineral, magnesium, and its relation to our health.

 

Remember to aim to eat more magnesium-rich alkaline foods and drink loads of ionized water!

 

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, suggestions-- we're here for you and because of you.

 

Here's to your health!

The Ionizer Oasis Team

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