Women who increase their magnesium levels in the right ways are dropping 10 pounds in 7 days…plus feeling dramatically less stresed.
Today’s can’t stop women aren’t ones to make excuses that’s why we’ve come to accept tiredness, edginess, aches and stubborn pounds as factors we just have to deal with as we push through our to do’s. We no longer consider it a “bad day” if we fell draggy and frazzled at the grocery store…that’s par for the course. But breaking research reveals this “new normal” isn’t normal at all it’s a red flag that our levels of the multitasking mineral magnesium are lacking.
Magnesium plays a key role in more than 300 of the body’s biochemical reactions. Because the mineral can affect so many things that women associate with day-to-day drains and aging, they get used to living with the symptoms.
Indeed, experts estimate that 70 to 80 percent of us aren’t getting enough of this crucial mineral in our diets. We have a magnesium deficiency that’s pandemic in our society. But we also have a society that shuns the very sources of this key regulator of fat and all kinds of other health concerns.
Complicating matters is that fact that few doctors think to test magnesium. Without enough magnesium, you start getting fearful and twitchy, you’re not sleeping, you feel on edge. Doctors often can’t imagine that all this could be caused by a deficiency in a single mineral, so they’ll treat women’s individual symptoms with drugs instead.
The Link between Magnesium and Adrenal Fatigue
Shortfalls of magnesium take a serious toll on the adrenal glands, which regulate the body’s stress responses. Magnesium is needed for the adrenals to make stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, and for the glands to process those hormones properly. If you don’t have enough magnesium, you tend to experience ragged adrenal bursts. You get surges of adrenaline and increased nervousness and anxiety when you’re tired or stressed. And that can be very draining.
Fortunately, women who restore their magnesium levels start to feel such burdens lift in a matter of weeks. They feel calmer, which allows them to sleep better, so they’re better rested. And when you’re better rested, you’re better able to exercise and make healthier food choices.
Plus, achieving a healthy magnesium status alleviates another draining consequence of deficiency. A major function of the mineral is to ensure muscles contract and relax properly, so deficits trigger muscle tension and spasms that not only cause pain but also put painful pressure on the bones of the skeleton. But when magnesium balance is restored, muscles as well as tendons and ligaments won’t be in spasm and pulling on bone. As a result, women report relief from a variety of painful problems (and exercise obstacles) including headaches, back pain and fibromyalgia.
How Magnesium Breaks the Stress/Weight-Gain Cycle
As if magnesium’s ability to enhance well-being isn’t enough, the mineral also plays metabolic roles that facilitate weight loss. Chief among these: It helps regulate the stress hormone cortisol. When the adrenal glands are fatigued, cortisol levels are low during most of the day, but there are periods when cortisol may be elevated for an hour or two, especially after eating. Even though cortisol may be high only during these few hours of the day, it’s enough to cause weight gain – particularly around the middle.
The link has been confirmed by Yale University scientists, who have shown that cortisol encourages fat storage in the visceral, or belly, region. Cortisol causes fat cells in the belly area to store more glucose as fat because the body perceives almost any stress as starvation stress.
The Nutrient Pairing That Burns 80% More Belly Fat
In one of the biggest health breakthroughs for the past decade, scientists identified vitamin D as a nutrient all star that hinders fat cell growth and speeds fat loss. But to get the full benefits, the body needs magnesium.
When the body’s magnesium stores are low the number of receptors on cells that receive vitamin D is reduced. The result: Less D binds to cells, so the body doesn’t get D’s slimming perks.
When the body’s magnesium stores are high…the number of vitamin D receptors on cells increases, which optimizes the vitamin’s health-enhancing and belly-shrinking actions.
Magnesium is found in several supplemental forms, and manufacturers favor magnesium oxide because the molecules are bound together so tightly that they can pack a high amount into a single pill at a low cost. But there is a downside to that cheaper oxide: You don’t get very much absorption because the bonds are too tight. The more absorbable form choice: magnesium citrate, found in Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium Powder.
(The powder which comes in orange, cherry and raspberry-lemon) packs 487 mg of magnesium into 3 teaspoons. You can mix it onto water and sip it throughout the day. And because it's in a liquid form, the body is going to absorb it more readily.
Take This Daily Ratio
Both calcium and magnesium are important for building bones, but ironically, the calcium women take for their skeleton’s sake may be cheating them out of the magnesium they need.
Calcium and magnesium have what’s know as an antagonistic relationship in the body when there’s too much calcium available to cells, magnesium isn’t always able to enter. We’ve really gone overboard in the amount of calcium we’re taking in the United States. The daily dosage recommendation from the World Health organization is 500 mg of calcium a daily.
–Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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