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Minerals and Muscle Recovery

1 April 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under ,

Did you know that minerals like magnesium aid with stress response from exercise and speed recovery?

Minimizing stress through magnesium supplementation helps the body to recover from exercise-induced stress more efficiently. According to Kevin Cann (writer for www.RobbWolf.com), “Magnesium has an important protective effect in the body against damage produced from all kinds of stress. When we exercise, our sympathetic nervous system turns on and we experience a flight or flight response. In order to recover quicker, we need to switch the body into a parasympathetic (relaxed) state. Magnesium has a natural calming effect on the body. Magnesium actually plays a role in turning on our parasympathetic nervous system.” – Read More

In a double-blind randomized study1 carried out by Gulf, Bender and Gruttner (from Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, University Medical School, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany), 23 competitive triathletes competing in an event consisting of a 500-meter swim, a 20-km bicycle race, and a 5-km run were studied after 4-week supplementation with placebo or magnesium. The stress-induced modifications of energy and hormone metabolism described in this study indicate altered glucose utilization after Mg- supplementation and a reduced stress response without affecting competitive potential. Magnesium supplementation reduced the stress response in the body for these athletes.

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Magnesium Deficiency & Soda

1 January 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under ,

If you are among those that enjoy fizzy soft drinks… you may want to reconsider!

We humans do not produce magnesium on our own. Magnesium and other minerals can only be obtained from the earth. Their biological role is multifaceted. Minerals help to maintain the pH of the body and are necessary for proper nerve conduction, contracting and relaxing muscles, and tissue growth.

Drinking Soda Can Rob Your Body of Necessary Minerals | Ancient Minerals BlogMany people are unaware of the negative effect soda drinking has on mineral intake, mineral absorption and assimilation within the body. In middle-aged adults, consumption of one soda a day is associated with a 48% higher prevalence and incidence of multiple metabolic risk factors linked to magnesium deficiency, such as diabetes, obesity, and higher resting blood pressure. Carbonated soda consumption is negatively associated with achieving adequate calcium and magnesium in children aged 6 years and older. Consuming just 8 ounces of carbonated soda decreases the likelihood of achieving recommended calcium intake for children by 40%.

In this piece we will be discussing the different components of soda that contribute to magnesium depletion in the body.

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Female Guide to Magnesium – Part 1

5 August 2014 - Posted by Ashley under , , ,

Female Guide to Magnesium - Part 1: Obstacles Women Face in Maintaining Adequate Magnesium LevelsIf you’ve ever walked the supplement aisles of a grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that there are very well-defined differences in men’s vs. women’s supplements. This same principle applies not only to blends of vitamins, minerals, and herbs in individual products, but also to label-recommended use and dosage amounts. Women have not only their own multivitamins, but also multivitamin varieties, blends catering to reproductive and sexual health, anti-aging formulas, fitness supplements, and (of course) weight loss aids.

In light of these important differences, we figured: Why not magnesium?

In this two part series we’ll explore the unique needs and options that women have for ensuring optimal magnesium. However, before we get into tactics on intake, we first need to tackle the obstacles that women in particular face.

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Pre-Menstrual Syndrome & Magnesium

4 February 2014 - Posted by Ashley under , ,

Ladies, it’s time to bump magnesium up your priority list, and here’s why…

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome & Magnesium | Ancient Minerals   #pms A while back I decided to embark on a month of “clean living.” Since I already live a relatively clean lifestyle, this concept was more of a “fine tuning” than total rehabilitation. I started by deleting caffeine and alcohol – not that I was consuming either excessively, but both of these are diuretics, causing an unnecessary loss of minerals and fluids. I also set up reminders for myself to ensure that I took my vitamins, bumped up my activity levels, and got adequate amounts of sleep. I lowered my sugar intake, ate more raw foods, and kicked up my “good fat” consumption.

One extra thing that I did was to make a conscious and consistent effort to really boost my magnesium levels through both topical and oral supplementation. Of course, one might assume, since I have magnesium literally at my fingertips, that I have no problem getting sufficient amounts. However, I’m only human and even I find myself needing to renew my habits now and again.

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Stressed Out? You May Be Magnesium Deficient…

9 January 2014 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Stressed Out? You May Be Magnesium Deficient | Ancient MineralsStress is a funny thing… it seems to pop up at the most inconvenient times, or add an extra hurdle to already difficult situations. It can push emotions to their limits, negatively impact the immune system, and exacerbate pain or chronic conditions.

And unfortunately, oftentimes the stresses of life are unavoidable.

However, despite the fact that stressful stimuli abounds, there are ways to but to truly reinforce your body’s own ability to handle stress. One of these, as you may imagine, is maintaining good health. Of course, in today’s busy world, that can be easier said than done!

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Magnesium Levels Vital to Brain and Mental Health

5 November 2013 - Posted by Ashley under , , ,

Magnesium Levels Vital to Brain and Mental Health | Ancient Minerals BlogNovember is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the serious issues of cognitive health will be in the spotlight in the coming weeks. The medical community agrees that cognitive impairment (CI), ranging from mild to severe, is almost epidemic in the U.S. as the Baby Boomer generation is aging and living longer. Scientists believe one reason is that the human brain begins shrinking after age 25. Structural changes and loss of brain synapses lead to rapid decline in cognitive health.

The solution is still unclear, however the good news is that the human brain has a greater degree of plasticity than scientists previously believed, and new studies, specifically those made in nutritional research, show that magnesium deficiency in adults may play a more important role in CI, and more seriously, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), than previously thought.

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Is Magnesium Deficiency an Overlooked Cause of Low Vitamin D Status?

25 October 2013 - Posted by Ashley under ,

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Is Magnesium Deficiency an Overlooked Cause of Low Vitamin D Status? | Ancient Minerals BlogLike vitamin D deficit, magnesium deficit is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Several steps in the vitamin D metabolism, such as vitamin D binding to its transport protein and the conversion of vitamin D into the hormonal form 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D by hepatic and renal hydroxylation, depend on magnesium as a co-factor.

A new analysis of two National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys data sets, published in BMC Medicine, investigated potential interactions between magnesium intake, circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the generally accepted indicator of vitamin D status, and mortality. Data indicate a reduced risk of insufficient/deficient vitamin D status at high magnesium intake and an inverse association between circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D and mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality, among those with magnesium intake above the median.

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Magnesium & Drinking Water

27 September 2013 - Posted by Ashley under , ,

Magnesium & Drinking Water | Ancient Minerals Blog It has often been observed that although we, as a society, have many tools and extensive technology at our fingertips, we do some very stupid things. Or, at least, that’s how it often appears.

Case in point – we have, in fact, known for years that the addition of magnesium to the municipal water supply (drinking water) has not only yielded significant health benefits, but also that the softening of water – and, therefore, depleting of minerals – is detrimental overall in regards to public health. Now, when I say years, I mean that in big, bold print… as in there are studies from the 1960’s (and probably before that) that specifically state these conclusions.

For example, a 1960 U.S. study on cardiovascular disease  mortality and treated water supplies concluded, “Softer water was associated with higher death rates.”

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Calcium & Magnesium

24 July 2013 - Posted by Ashley under ,

For those not familiar with the complementary relationship between calcium and magnesium, the first and foremost fact that should be known is that they go hand in hand. If you have been following advice on taking calcium, but our dear, sweet magnesium has not come up in conversation… something is amiss.

A Balancing Act

It’s far past time that we cover the subject of electrolyte balance – specifically, the balance between calcium and magnesium. Among the top ten questions that we get asked frequently is, “How much magnesium should I be taking in relation to calcium?”

Balancing Your Calcium & Magnesium Intake #supplement #nutritionAn absolutely vital question and one that is relatively simple to answer. In theory, that is.

But before we get to “how much,” let’s first touch on the “why.” Why do you need to take magnesium to balance your calcium, and why is the ratio so very critical?

Most importantly, calcium cannot be routed  and utilized to its utmost without sufficient magnesium. These minerals play equally important roles, but simply opposite each other. Calcium is required for the contracting of muscles, whereas magnesium is needed to relax them. Calcium strengthens & hardens bones, but magnesium provides the elasticity and flex  needed to keep them from shattering. Calcium stimulates nerves while magnesium soothes them.

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Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?

1 March 2013 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Using Magnesium for a Better Night's Sleep #insomnia #supplement #nutrition | by Ancient Minerals Our favorite mineral is a regular wizard when it comes to relaxing the body and helping minimize our response to stressful stimuli. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that this wonder nutrient also has a phenomenal impact on sleep function and quality.

We often don’t consider just how crucial getting sufficient amounts of undisturbed, quality sleep is for overall health and well-being – the focus often being placed instead on diet and exercise. It’s certainly not new or shocking that a lack of sleep can lead to any number of mental health issues and even death, but sleep research over the last decade has been uncovering deeper connections to illness and disease than we’ve suspected in the past. Our brain is still quite an enigma in the grand scheme of things, but one thing is for sure, it’s ultimately in the driver’s seat of our biological processes. Lack of sleep equates to neglect… neglect of the most important organ in your body.

Can’t Sleep? Call Dr. Magnesium

One of the many benefits attributed to magnesium use is improved sleep – whether it be simply helping you stay asleep longer, fall asleep faster, or battle recurring bouts of insomnia. However we still receive the occasional request for reassurance, “Will using topical magnesium help me sleep?” Not wishing to exaggerate and create unreasonable expectations, I can still say, “Yes, magnesium will help you sleep.” That’s not to say that it will completely ‘heal’ whatever may be the underlying cause of your sleep issues – but its necessity for a good night’s sleep is so critical that it will most definitely provide a helping hand.

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