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Calmer by Nature

Calmer by Nature - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeIt is hard to find a body system that is not affected if you are low or deficient in the macro-mineral Magnesium.

We need to consume it everyday  in order for the body to run smoothly, so here’s a little info on some of the health benefits we should all know.

Magnesium is found mainly in our bones, but also to a lesser degree in our muscles, cells, and the fluid that surrounds cells. Critically, our nervous system depends on Magnesium to avoid us becoming too over-excited, nervous and stressed.  Along with Calcium, Potassium and Sodium it assists in the transmision of nerve signals that cause muscle contractions and this benefit is why it is used as a medicine to control irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

In addition Magnesium assists in the formation of teeth and bone, and is necessary for the secretion of parathyroid hormone that helps control levels of calcium in the blood. Magnesium also has a role in processing fats and protein, and helps make proteins. Even our brain, kidneys, liver, digestive system, and genes need this vital mineral everyday.

A deficiency of Magnesium causes low levels of Calcium and Potassium in the blood, leading to changes in the digestive, nervous and muscular systems, heart and circulatory systems, and the development of blood cells. Early symptoms may include: tiredness, weakness, lack of appetite, speech impairment, heart arrhythmias, anaemia and muscle tremors. Advanced deficiency may even be fatal if not treated.

If you drink a lot of alcohol, or have kidney or liver problems, you are likely to have low levels or even be deficient. So take control and ensure you are eating a variety of the following foods that contain high levels of Magnesium –

Whole grains, Spinach, Bran flakes, Swiss chard, Red meat, Beans and pulses, Brazil nuts, Almonds, Cashew nuts and Peanuts,  Sunflower seeds, Sesame seeds, Tofu, Flaxseeds, Blackstrap molasses, Broccoli and Tomatoes.

It all helps for peace of mind, and in this case a calmer body too.