For many years I had heard that magnesium was important to your health, but I never really understood why. When I was dealing with some health issues, I did a lot of research and came across a book called The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean. It is a great book, written by a doctor who has dedicated her life to helping people get healthier through magnesium.
What I love about this book is that it isn’t your typical diet book or eat right and get healthy mantra. It is based on hard evidence and scientific proof. That being said, it isn’t the most entertaining read, but it is full of useful, highly credible information.
In the book, Dr. Dean goes through all the different biological functions that need magnesium to work, and when there is a deficiency of magnesium, she lists the resulting problems that can occur. I don’t know about you, but if there is something relatively easy I can do to help my body work efficiently and solve multiple health problems, I am going to do it!
According to Dr. Dean, magnesium can treat diabetes, lower the risk of heart disease, prevent stroke and obesity, and improve mood and memory.
I am including the table of contents below. If you, or someone in your family, suffer from any of these issues, I would definitely recommend you take a look at the book. Spoiler alert: she makes the case that all of these issues can be helped by adding magnesium. But, as always, make sure you consult your primary care physician before making changes!
I love that she even gives a food plan to let you increase your magnesium through food. Magnesium rich foods include kelp, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, and coconut, among many others.
I had my magnesium blood test done, and while I was within normal range, Dr. Dean recommends that you really want to be at the top of the “normal” scale. She even gives you recommendations and amounts of magnesium to supplement with for each health concern. In addition, at the end of each chapter there is a section on “Treatment Beyond Magnesium” and provides you with other helpful information.
I have used her liquid magnesium supplement (because it is very readily absorbed by the body), and I liked it, but because it was liquid, sometimes I would forget to use it. So now I take it in pill form and sometimes add it to my baths in the form of epsom salts.
I have been telling everyone about this book because it seems like it could help so many people. In my extended family alone we probably have 7 of the 9 magnesium deficient conditions listed, and as for me, I really do think it has helped. I go back in a couple of months and I am going to get my magnesium retested. If you are curious to know more about magnesium, check it out.
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