[intense_video video_type="youtube" video_url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOSDq1S_6aM" theme="light"][intense_spacer type="block" height="20"] Hey! I’m Evan Brand, Functional medicine practitioner and certified nutritional therapist talking to you today about magnesium deficiency. This is huge. There are several different organizations out there that discuss the importance of magnesium. Some studies estimate that 80 to 90 plus percent of the population is magnesium deficient and it’s no surprise why. So, let’s go through that and talk about what you can do.
Right out of the gate here, magnesium deficiency [and its causes] – the biggest one here is stress. So, we are talking about emotional stress, we are talking about physical stress, [and] exercising too much. This is going to deplete magnesium levels here and what happens when you start to deplete your magnesium levels is you begin to get symptoms that you may not really link to that issue. So, if you have any type of muscle spasm, any type of cramps, even headaches, anxiety, depression – it’s kind of hard to believe that depression may be helped by getting magnesium levels back in the right amount. I’ve seen this many, many times. I can go on and on here, so, stress is going to be the biggest driver here. I have done many different videos on covering stress and if you have not [watched them], go back to the website: notjustpaleo.com. It’s also linked below. [Also], make sure you get your free 71-page book that I wrote called “Stress Solutions” that talks about the different forms of stress and what you could actually do about it. It would make for a very long and, maybe, even [a] boring video if I were to cover all of those today.
So, another big cause here is diuretics. So, this is your alcohol and this is your coffee, and even your tea. I’m not as worried about tea as I am with coffee and alcohol. A lot of people in the health community still drink this “clean and safe” alcohols – organic wines or tequila and things like that, your “paleo approved” alcoholic beverages and the truth is they deplete the body and they are a toxin. Check out the podcast that I did with Dr. Jack Wilson [because] we talked more about alcohol, it’s effect in the body, and especially, the cardiac health – your heart health. But, the truth is, alcohol is a diuretic, so is coffee. These different big players here are going to deplete magnesium levels. Tea, same thing, [although] I’m not as worried about tea. Personally, I drink a little bit of tea.
So, if you’re going to do a tea make sure its organic tea. If you want to do an organic green tea or a matcha tea that’s going to be okay but you definitely want to make sure that you’re not counting your alcohol, your coffee, and your teas as ‘liquid consumed’. So, if I work with a client, what I want to say is “Look, the goal is about half your body weight in ounces of water per day.” You can’t say, “Oh, there’s water in my coffee” or “There’s water in my tea.” It doesn’t count. That’s actually sort of a negative. So, if you drink an 8 ounce cup here (tea), you’re actually minus 8 ounces. So, if you drink 60 ounces of water and then you drink a cup of coffee or tea or alcohol – I don’t think you can have 8 ounces of alcohol [because] you’ll be on the floor if it’s something strong – so, now, you’re at 52 ounces. People that have a couple of different cups of coffee or a couple cups of tea per day, you’ll see how you can really start to negate your water intake. So, you really have to pay attention to that.
Now, the thing that goes crazy here with magnesium deficiency is that stress over here and diuretics are two of the main causes. Also, we have the diet down here. So, this going to be refined carbs that are going to be the issue here – your bread, your pasta, your bagels, [and] different things like that – these nutrient devoid foods are going to pull or leach minerals out of your body. That’s also going to link right back up here to your magnesium deficiency. Now, the issue here is that people will get some of these symptoms [like] the muscle spasms - if you ever had your eyelid start twitching on you – that’s a magnesium [deficiency] symptom [as well as] cramps, headaches, anxiety, depression [and] there’s many, many more but let’s just pull apart. We have enough to draw from here. Let’s just pick apart some of these.
So, depression. You may get an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) [and] now you’re getting this drug here that’s going to cost further nutrient deficiencies of different vitamins and minerals in the body, and that’s not going to fix the problem. Anxiety – we can pull this one down here. Typically, you’re going to get a Benzo – Benzodiazepine that’s the Xanax, that’s your Klonopin and things like that – that you are going to get that prescribed to you if you have anxiety. Headaches – I can’t think of the prescription right now but I know it is an RX. I’ve had many clients that have actually been able to stop taking their prescription medication for headaches just because they said “I don’t need it anymore.” Obviously that was under the care of their doctor but they realized, “Look, I don’t need this anymore because I fixed the root cause of why I’m getting these headaches in the first place.” A lot of that [is] tied in to the diet, the diuretics, and the stress – this triad here. Now, cramps. [I’m] not really sure on that one [but] I’m sure there’s a prescription prescribed for cramps. Muscle Spasms. I’ve heard of many different modulating drugs there that can work on that system [and] they try to help with cramps and spasms and inflammation, [and] things like that. If we just get to the root [cause] of this magnesium deficiency with these different 3 things here (stress, diuretics, and diet), we’re going to be saving ourselves a lot of trouble. So, take that into consideration.
Check out the link below. I’m going to have a link to my website where you can schedule a free consultation with myself and we can discuss some of these symptoms and your options. Now, if you get magnesium back into your life in adequate amounts along with fixing these other things, you’re going to love a lot healthier, more vigorous, and a longer life. So, this is Evan Brand, signing out! I’ll talk to you on the next one! Bye!