Magnesium is the most highly lacking mineral in our society. It’s not in the soil anymore and the toxins in the environment deplete our minerals. When I say environment I mean the air, water, things we eat, things we touch, and our inner environment in our bodies. Things like heavy metals such as mercury or phthalates and other things like GMOs or glyphosate bind to our minerals and deplete them even more. All kinds of things deplete our magnesium including stress. Magnesium is the first thing to be released from our cells when we are stressed. Not just mental stress but physical stress too.
Jane Goodall (famous anthropologist), has talked about the decline in nutrients in the soil and how the soil has dozens of nutrients, but we use 3 nutrients to fertilize our soil; nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The lack of nutrient in the soil is the number one reason why magnesium is the most deficient mineral in our society.
I’m just saying you may need to take a magnesium supplement. It’s needed for over 3700 processes in the body. It's recommended by Wendy Myers (detoxification expert), to take a variety of magnesium supplements. Meaning take magnesium that is bonded to various substances. Stay away from oxide. When bonded to oxide, magnesium has a 3-4% absorption rate.
Wendy Myers recommends magnesium glycinate which raises red blood cell magnesium, magnesium malate which helps with detoxification, and magnesium threonate is the only magnesium that can cross the blood brain barrier. As we get older we become more deficient of magnesium in the brain. It helps memory and cognition and in the mitochondria it helps make energy. You need about 5x your body weight (lbs), in milligrams for dosage.
Other mineral deficiencies
Everyone Wendy Myers has tested has been mineral deficient. The good news for me is that meat is very rich in minerals. Lamb and bacon are high in selenium. Brazil nuts are too but BACON is too. Unless you’re actively doing something about it, you’ll likely be deficient in selenium. If you don’t like bacon a Brazil nut a day is enough for your daily dose. Selenium also detoxes the body from mercury which we all tend to have. Selenium needs to be taken in the form of se-methylselenocysteine. Or bacon. Or a brazil nut.
Chromium is another very common deficiency along with sodium and potassium. Sodium isn't the big enemy we thought it was. The ratio of sodium to potassium is much more important and according to Dr. Joseph Mercola we should be taking 5x as much potassium as sodium. Thallium is a heavy metal found in gasoline that blocks our usage of potassium which prevents us from producing hormones. We all breath in thallium if you live in an urban area.
Trace mineral supplements can have heavy metals bonded to them. Wendy advises against taking them unless you are working with a qualified practitioner doing a toxic metal detox. For more help with minerals and your heavy metal detoxification you can go to www.liveto110.com
The truth about your supplements
Sayer Ji is an expert in vitamin and mineral supplements. It was his first love in the wellness industry and he is now well known in the wellness industry as the guy who puts it all together. At first I didn’t like this guy because he has no credentials, so I thought "Why is this guy speaking?" He’s now one of my favorite speakers to listen to because he knows his shit better than anybody. He has the world’s largest evidence based natural health resource. Check him out here www.greenmedinfo.com
So you would think that taking a cheap Walmart multivitamin is better than taking no vitamins at all. Centrum and Flintstones multivitamins have known toxins in them and do more damage than good. Sodium selenite is a toxin commonly found in a multivitamin. Centrum is the number one most common brand of multivitamin recommended by doctors. Flintstones multivitamin is the leading children’s multivitamin. Bauer and Pfizer are the pharmaceutical companies making these multivitamins.
Flintstones vitamins, in their ad, say that 82% of children don’t eat enough vegetables and if they are not eating enough vegetables they may not be getting the nutrients they need. Some of the ingredients in Flintstones vitamins are aspartame, cupric oxide which is known as a pesticide, artificial coloring agents that have been banned in the European Union because of known problems with neurotoxicity and attention deficit disorder, zinc oxide which is used in sunscreen and isn't very bioavailable, sorbitol, ferrous fumarate which is the reason they put a warning label on the supplements because taking too many can cause death, hydrogenated fat, and GMO corn syrup. All of the above are found in Flintstone’s vitamins.
The top 10 most common nutrient deficiencies
While magnesium is the most common mineral deficiency, the number one nutrient deficiency over all is vitamin D. You can’t get enough sun my friends. People around the equator are getting 40,000 units of vitamin D a day. Get out in the sun and take your clothes off. Wear shorts. Not only will you get Vitamin D, but you will get infrared rays which detoxify heavy metals better than anything. The difference between D2 and D3 is D2 comes from plants and D3 comes from animals. The D3 is 87% more effective and converts to its active form 500% faster.
The second most common nutrient deficiency is omega 3’s. I’m sick of talking about omega 3’s; read my article on omega 3’s here.
The third most common nutrient deficiency is vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 makes sure calcium is being used where it needs to be used. I’ve seen people with kidney stones; it’s a medical emergency due to the extreme pain. Take your vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 also prevents calcium from building up in your vasculature preventing heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis, strokes, and other blood clotting disorders. It prevents cancer and builds strong bones. Menaquinone-7 (MK-7), is the kind of vitamin K2 you want to look for in supplements as this form is extracted from real food. The foods that have vitamin K2 are fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and grass fed butter.
#4 is magnesium found in spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, bananas, bone broth, and pumpkin seeds. #5 is vitamin B12 found in grass fed beef and beef liver, lamb, snapper, venison, salmon, shrimp, scallops, organic-pastured poultry, and eggs. And bone broth.
#6 is vitamin E found in hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, olive oil, legumes, spinach, and broccoli. If you take a supplement, natural vitamin E is always listed as the "d-" form (d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta-tocopherol, etc.) synthetic vitamin E is listed as "dl-" forms. You want the natural forms to get the benefits.
#7 is vitamin A. Retinol is pre-formed vitamin A, found in animal products such as grass-fed meat and poultry, liver, fish, and grass fed butter. And bone broth. This is the form of vitamin A your body can actually use. Beta-carotene is pre-vitamin A. You need to have a well-functioning digestive tract and sufficient bile produced by your gallbladder for the conversion into retinol.
#8 is iodine found in sea vegetables, eggs, and spirulina. #9 is calcium found in leafy green vegetables and tofu. And bone broth. Calcium from eggshells is a great supplement. #10 is iron found in grass fed meats, oysters, lentils, sesame seeds, and spinach. And bone broth. A great resource I use to look at nutrient content of food is http://www.whfoods.com/
Dr. Mercola is where I get a lot of my supplements and health products. Things you should look for are, chelated minerals for good absorption. They are attached to an amino acid. Glycine is the amino acid commonly used to bind to a mineral for a healthy supplement.
Some forms will give you problems and if it does then you obviously have to try a different form. Oxides for any supplement tend to have a low bioavailability. Bioavailability is the ability of the body to absorb and use a substance. Citrates tend to cause disaster pants. Not a great form either.
I know I talk a lot of shit about doctors and our health care system. I know they have their place, but so does proper diet and exercise. A lot of the things I talk about are cutting edge topics in the health industry and some stuff you probably never heard of before, so, I encourage you to do your own research. A couple of resources you can and should use are google scholar, Toxnet, and pubmed. Pubmed is a government agency that shows you the research that has been done. You can look all this stuff up yourself and make your own decisions on what’s right.
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