Are You Magnesium Deficient? | #ScienceSaturday

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Are you Magnesium Deficient?

Thomas DeLauer breaks down common signs and symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency and just how easy it is be to become Magnesium Deficient on the latest #ScienceSaturday

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- What's going on Jigsaw Land? You know magnesium's important but do you know if you're actually magnesium deficient? In this video I want to break down the three tell tale simple signs that you're probably deficient in magnesium. I'm going to go into some detail as to how each one affects you on a different level. So let's get right to the science. 

-But first off, why is magnesium deficiency such a big thing and really why are we magnesium deficient? Well the simple truth is that our soil is depleted in magnesium. It just comes down to that. So we're over harvesting plants, which means our soil is depleted, which means those current plants don't end up having magnesium, which means the animals that eat those plants don't get the magnesium, which by default means that us as humans that are eating a normal diet don't end up getting magnesium. So we're forced to have to supplement it. Well there's a couple of other things too. Like fluoride and chlorine in our water. That makes a big difference, too. That strips the magnesium in our bodies. 

-But there's one other thing that a lot of us don't realize. You know I'm a huge proponent of a ketogenic diet. Not simply because I like meat or just because I like fats but I know that too much insulin and too many carbohydrates can illicit a very negative response in the body. And depleting your body of magnesium is one of them. High levels of insulin end up inhibiting tubular activity which therefore means that the magnesium that would normally be absorbed is not reabsorbed back into the cell and it's excreted. So if you're eating a lot of carbohydrates, even if you're an athlete and you think you need all those carbohydrates, it can be depleting your magnesium stores. 

-The simple fact is that the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has found that over 68% of Americans are deficient in magnesium and over 11% of that is over 50% deficient in magnesium. Meaning they have a huge, huge deficiency. So what are the three warning signs that you're magnesium deficient? 

-The first one is going to be cramps and muscle tightness. Now, I'm not just talking about the constant muscle cramping that we get when you work out, I'm talking about the tightness that occurs, too. Like if you worked out and you feel like you're just not recovering or your hamstrings are staying crazy, crazy tight, well, it could be a magnesium issue. And it has to do with the fact that it effects your ion exchange when your magnesium levels are depleted. You see, magnesium binds with the membrane of a cell. Which means if magnesium is not present other minerals can't really do their job. To make it really, really simply put, the same kind of reaction that would cause a cramp can actually cause all kinds of different contractions in muscles making it so you don't work out as well either. So again, simply put being deficient in magnesium also can make you deficient in other minerals and cause an excess of minerals that shouldn't be there. You're basically throwing off the entire homeostasis of that ion exchange causing too much calcium, too little magnesium, potentially not enough sodium, potentially too much sodium. Basically without magnesium there to regulate, ion exchange goes completely haywire. We do have to remember that minerals regulate our muscle contractions and if we forget that, we forget about working out, we forget about running, we forget about all this stuff that requires muscle contraction. So I want you to really think about it, do you have trouble recovering from exercise? Do you get cramps often? Do you feel stiff? Well, magnesium could be playing a huge role in that. 

-Now let's talk about the next one. The next one is sleeplessness. Do you have trouble staying asleep? Studies have shown by and large that many Americans have trouble staying asleep. A lot of Americans can fall asleep, but they have trouble staying asleep. Well, magnesium affects your parasympathetic nervous system. When you do not activate your parasympathetic nervous system, you're never really able to relax. So simple way to put it. The magnesium works with something known as GABA. Which is know as Gamma-aminobutyric acid. And I've talked about it in a lot of videos. GABA's responsible for helping you relax. It dictates a lot of other neuro transmitters, a lot of other catacholamines, a lot of other hormones in your body that help you relax. If you don't have GABA or if you don't have magnesium present, your body has a hard time producing melatonin. Melatonin is what balances your sarcodinian rhythm which allows you to get tired when it's dark or what allows you to wake up when it gets light. If you don't have that melatonin or the absence of melatonin, really, it makes it hard to have that balance, makes it hard to stay asleep. 

-There was even a study that took a look at this. One group of participants was given 500 milligrams of magnesium and one was not. The group that was given 500 milligrams of magnesium experienced significantly better sleep patterns and higher levels rennin then those that did not. So it's really plain and simple. And that's not the only study that's proven this. There have been a lot of long tail studies that have shown that magnesium has a direct correlation with Gamma-aminobutyric acid, which again, has a direct correlation with your sleep. So if you're two for two right now you might want to stop this video and just go grab a bottle of magnesium. 

-But let's get on to the third one. And that is anxiety and stress. When it comes down to anxiety and stress, it's safe to say that Americans are already hardwired for it. But what if I told you that lack of magnesium could be playing a big role in that. You see, remember how I mentioned magnesium effects GABA? Well, GABA also effects your stress levels. It also effects how you react to stress and magnesium again plays a big role there. So if you're someone that's chronically feeling stressed and you can't combat stress, well, that might be the case. But we also have to remember that magnesium regulates that famed cortisol. I'm always talking about cortisol as it pertains to belly fat or as it pertains to that fight or flight response. Well remember, magnesium is going to help balance that. It's going to help keep it in check and if you're deficient in magnesium your cortisol levels can get totally out of whack. Now remember, cortisol isn't bad, you just want to make sure it's remaining under control. 

-So there was even a study that looked pretty far in depth at how magnesium worked with cortisol. There's a 2012 study published in the Journal of Neuropharmacology and what this study looked at was mice that were magnesium deficient. Well low and behold these mice that were magnesium deficient also had high levels of anxiety. Well, high levels of anxiety also ended up showing that they had high levels of cortisol. What this study found was that a deficiency ended up activating the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus. Basically that's the part of your brain that activates stress. There's a couple of different components of your brain that activate stress but this truly ends up being the epicenter that further communicates with the pituitary, communicates with the hypothalamus and the hippocampus to ultimately trigger stress or allow you to be relaxed. 

-So there you have it, there's three simple ways that you can start telling if you're magnesium deficient. Now the only true way to truly, truly know if you're magnesium deficient at the cellular level is to get a test on your RBC magnesium, that's going to be your red blood cell count of magnesium. How much magnesium is actually being taken out by the cell and being utilized properly. And as always, if your deficient in magnesium and you have a specific goal in mind there's a Jigsaw sweet just for you, whether it ends up being the Mag SRT or it ends up being the Electrolight Supreme or any other of the Jigsaw magnesium products you are fully set. So make sure you click on through and pick up your bottles today so that you can get on to being the best version of yourself. I'll see you soon.

  • Magnesium
  • Deficiency
  • cramps
  • Sleeplessness
  • anxiety
  • stress
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