Monday, January 24, 2011

Magnesium Battles Obesity

    Magnesium is a vital nutrient to assist in our quest to reach a healthy weight. If you have never heard of Megnesium that's ok, this blog hopefully will educate you and answer any questions you may have.
 The body requires magnesium to absorb and utilize nutrients.  Without it, the body cannot properly use the fats, proteins and carbohydrates we eat everyday.  When we don't get what we need from our diet, the body will crave more food in an effort to obtain those vital nutrients.  Magnesium helps you get the most from what you eat, so your body can be satisfied with the amount of food you need.  
     Also, I learned that magnesium is a vital nutrient for reducing stress.  It supports the health adrenal glands.  These are the glands that control the release of adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones related to stress response.  These  hormones are vital to living but to much of them can cause weight gain and other health problems.  Magnesium helps regulate these hormones so they aren't over produces.

Ways to increase your Magnesium:

Food -  Obtaining this essential nutrient most effectively is through food because your body most easily absorbs it.  Foods rich in Magnesium include almonds, brazil nuts, brewers yeast, buckwheat, kelp, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and whole grains.  We always hear refines sugars and processed foods are not health but the fact is they also drain the body of magnesium and therefore, should be avoided.

Supplements - I find it easier to take supplements for additional magnesium.  Magnesium Citrate is one of the most common forms used because it is widely available and easy to absorb magnesium. Powder form is best bu capsules are acceptable.

Dosages vary from 300 - 900 mg per day depending on your needs and lifestyles.  The more you excersize the higher dosage is recommended.  For the average person, it is best to start small and use divided doses such as 150 mg twice a day and increasing gradually as needed.  Loose stools may be a sign thqt you are using to much magnesuim or the dosage should be divided further.

Hopefully you have gained a clearer understanding of the benefits to adding Magnesium as a vital source to assist you in your weight loss goals.  Good Luck.

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