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Magnesium: Magical, Miracle Mineral

January 10, 201727 min
From proper digestion to fighting migraines, magnesium is truly the miracle mineral.Does your body have the resources it need to perform optimally?Magnesium is one of the most essential mineral to ensure your body runs smoothly, particularly in regards to combating inflammatory stress.Unfortunately, 70 percent of American diets don't meet the baseline minimum for magnesium. From proper digestion to fighting migraines, magnesium is truly the miracle mineral.It also helps stop unhealthy inflammatory responses before they get out of control. One of the reasons for the deficiency is that processed foods have removed much of the magnesium from our diets. For example, white flour and white sugar is nearly devoid of the mineral.However, it would be almost impossible to meet all your magnesium needs through foods. That's why supplementation becomes essential.  Another issue is that calcium intake has been over-emphasized, while magnesium intake has been under-emphasized. The two work in opposition; calcium tightens and magnesium relaxes. When you're out of balance (too much calcium, not enough magnesium), you might experience certain issues such as constipation or excruciating PMS symptoms.Work closely with your health practitioner to discover if you might need to up your magnesium intake, as well as which supplements might be the best.Listen in as Ashley Koff, RD, joins Andrea and Lisa to explain why magnesium is so crucial for optimal health and what the appropriate dosage is for you.

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