Did magnesium deficiencies contribute to my stroke or is it effecting my recovery or something else?
Welcome back to the “Healthy Life” podcast. Today will be an eye opener and I hope you listen carefully, check out the info and then use it to keep yourself, family and friends healthy! Today’s podcast will be a bit longer because I wanted to cover the entire subject without breaking up the chat into two sessions so here goes...
It’s scary but almost everyone displays signs of magnesium deficiency without realizing it…
Those signs and symptoms include:
Ok you can say wow now! But... (I can hear you say) if this is true why wasn’t I told... why didn’t it show up in my tests...
Ok... western conventional medicine is not focused on the amount of research that has been done on magnesium deficiency. In fact let me try and explain why ‘Western Medicine’ is so off base with magnesium... after all... they test it with blood tests. Sounds logical right...? Well blood tests do not show ANY REAL information about magnesium… but why not?
First you must understand that the body controls the levels of blood magnesium extremely tightly. Why? If the magnesium in the blood drops just a little bit, only slightly, it results in a heart attack! It’s that simple and basic!
In order for the body to prevent this, it will rob all its cells, tissues, and bones of magnesium... to keep the blood levels up. So If you do a blood test for magnesium...it’s normal... while the cells can be completely empty.
Here is the second reason for deficiencies... Our food and food sources. (I’ll explain more in a minute). Then our society and culture makes it so we’re increasingly stressed out. Because we are so stressed, burning the candle at both ends... it’s draining us. Due to this... stress hormone production needs to increase and that requires high levels of magnesium. If not supplied then those stressful experiences will lead to the ongoing depletion of magnesium stored in the body.
Now I said I’d talk about food... keep in mind we’re eating more sugar than ever before. Fact: For every molecule of sugar we consume = our bodies use 54 molecules of magnesium to process it. So more sugar... more need for magnesium... fascinating isn’t it! Now I come from Iowa... a farming community, low levels of nutrients in the soil and the use of new farming techniques deplete stores of magnesium.
now you also have to take in mind that magnesium is used up by many pharmaceutical drugs these include: oral contraceptives, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone, and blood pressure medications (“Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook,” Pelton, 2001). We also have increased coffee and tea intake and caffeine raises the excretion levels of magnesium.
The latest government study shows a staggering 68% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily intake of magnesium. Of even greater concern is data from this study showing that 19% of Americans do not consume even half of the government’s recommended daily intake of magnesium.
Because of this is it any wonder that heart attacks and stroke are the nation’s leading killers and causes of disability to those who survive? It’s been said by some... that close to 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
After sodium, potassium, and calcium, magnesium is one of the most important minerals in the body. People do no know how important it is for the normal function of the muscles, the heart, and to maintain healthy bone mineralization.
So let’s take a closer look at magnesium deficiencies and things that are affected by it and stroke.
Magnesium is strongly linked with calcium, and there’s a definite balance between these two elements in almost every tissue in the human body, including the muscle tissue. Calcium plays an important role to stimulate the nerve endings and start muscle contraction. A Magnesium deficiency causes an incorrect flow of calcium in the nerve cells; they become easily excited and start releasing abnormal nerve impulses to the muscle. This stimulation causes muscle contractions, and when it is severe enough, it can even result in seizures. Stop and understand that connection.
Severe magnesium deficiency can cause or result in seizures and convulsions. It can also cause a series of changes in the consciousness ranging from numbness to delirium and even coma. In some cases, magnesium deficiency will show itself as mental confusion; in other cases, it would be apathy and lack of an emotional response. However, every symptom must be taken into account because there are plenty of brain issues we are forced to deal with.
Some other mental issues associated with magnesium deficiency are depression and anxiety disorders. Scientists have concluded that lacking this nutrient gives you a higher risk of depression and may promote anxiety.
Magnesium is also essential in bone mineralization. Along with calcium, it works together in the formation of bone, and magnesium deficiency problems are associated with weak bones, especially at an older age. Osteoporosis is the clinical name of weak or “porous” bones that break easily. It is associated with a higher risk of fractures, especially when paired up with calcium, vitamin D or vitamin K deficiency. Magnesium deficiency lowers the level of calcium in the blood and may cause severe alterations associated with such low levels, and adds up to the risk of osteoporosis.
Magnesium is strongly associated with a healthy intestinal function, and deficiency problems cause a series of digestive issues. Magnesium is required to relax the muscles in the outer lining of the intestines, and it is an important laxative because it improves intestinal flow.
Some studies also show that magnesium deficiency may be associated with an increased level of inflammatory markers and may be one of the causes of inflammatory bowel disease. So, if you have constipation, nutrient absorption problems, inflammatory bowel disease, or abdominal cramps, you may want to consider magnesium deficiency as one of the possibilities.
Mental exhaustion is another common sign of magnesium deficiency associated with the central nervous system. The exact reasons are not clear, but many people with chronic fatigue improve their symptoms after fixing their magnesium levels. Of course, tiredness and fatigue are common, with stroke, but if you experience persistent fatigue that strikes you even after waking up after a long sleep, you may want to look at the rest of the symptoms in this list and consider magnesium deficiency as one of the likely causes.
As we talked about earlier, magnesium is connected with a normal function in the muscle tissue. In the neuromuscular junction, magnesium deficiency causes an overexcitement of the nerve cells and muscle cramps. But, in the muscle itself, magnesium deficiency is apparently linked with a reduction of potassium inside the muscle fibers, and this causes muscle weakness.
There’s also a muscle weakness syndrome associated with magnesium deficiency called myasthenia, but for those of us who have experienced a stroke... they need to be aware of this added weakness.
Another stroke related effect... studies have also shown that patients with high blood pressure usually have low levels of magnesium. All seems to point out that magnesium deficiency increases blood pressure readings and may count as another cardiovascular risk associated with heart disease.
Dietary magnesium and magnesium supplements may improve high levels of blood pressure, but they should not be thought of as a sole therapeutic approach to treat hypertension. The exact mechanism by which magnesium is associated with high blood pressure is not entirely understood.
We’ve seen that magnesium deficiency is associated with an imbalance in many other minerals inside the cell. Mineral imbalances are quite dangerous, and may even result in alterations in the heartbeat. In this case, magnesium deficiency causes a change in the level of potassium both inside and outside of the cells in the heart muscle. Heart muscle works with a membrane potential that requires a healthy level of potassium on both sides of the cell lining, and this alteration may lead to a chaotic contraction of the heart. This is one of the most serious problems that may result from magnesium deficiency because in severe cases it is associated with blood clot formation, heart attack, fainting, and other cardiovascular problems.
However, in most cases, arrhythmia caused by magnesium deficiency is mild and not every person has noticeable symptoms. When they do, it is often felt as palpitations, as if the heart was about to leave the chest.
Another important link made with magnesium deficiency is severe asthma symptoms. Many individuals with asthma would display low levels of magnesium. What’s more, an inhaler with magnesium often improves asthma by relaxing the lung tissue and expanding the airways. Using magnesium supplements to treat asthma is not included in the therapeutic approach because it only helps some individuals.
Magnesium deficiency is often overlooked, and in the Western world, it is quite common because the diet is usually lacking magnesium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The stats say a majority of us are deficient. I know I was and what we eat is critical. If you have experienced any of these signs or symptoms with your stroke speak with your doctor or a nutritionist who can run the appropriate tests to rule out magnesium deficiency as a possible cause or things you might do to correct some of the challenges. I have a link on stroke.global, it’s posted just before this podcast for a nutritionist (Jodelle) that I know... that can and does work with people long distance. You owe it to yourself to know what if any impact on your recovery involves a magnesium deficiency. How correcting that assists in everything else!
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