Losing interest in sex? Ever felt like you don’t have that much libido lately? Maybe you’re suffering from low levels of magnesium in your body.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body, and the ninth most abundant in the universe. We are born with it. In our bones we have around 50% of total body magnesium but in our blood we have only 1% of magnesium. It's a small part but very important for people's health. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. That includes the production of sex hormones such as androgen, estrogen and neurotransmitters that modulate the sex drive - such as dopamine and epinephrine. It’s also involved in the transportation of oxygen in your muscle tissues. Magnesium promotes muscle strength and endurance. What is really great is that it also is proven to promote relaxation which is important for a more conducive atmosphere for one hot bout in bed.
Do you know that magnesium has also been known as the rejuvenation mineral? Increased magnesium intake promotes stronger bones, teeth, hairs, nail, and more energy. Magnesium is capable of stimulating ones immune system. It also prevents the calcification of our organs, muscles, and joints which sets in as we get older. Also, magnesium supplementation proved beneficial to men with problems from enlarged prostates making it disappear after a period of medication. Premenstrual tension caused by calcified ovaries can also be removed by magnesium for aging women where reports of looking much younger, losing weight, increased in energy, less depression and more sexual activity have been found as side effects.
Increased magnesium intake has also been shown to be an effective way to prevent or dissolve kidney stones and gall bladder stones, the latter best in combination with a high lecithin intake. Activation of digestive enzymes and bile production as well as helping to restore a healthy intestinal flora may be the factors that make magnesium chloride so beneficial in normalizing our digestive processes, reducing any digestive discomfort, bloating and offensive stool odors. This is in line with a reduction of all offensive body odors, including underarm and foot odor.
Everyday we lose magnesium through perspiration, leaking (urination), and through the bowels (crapping). Magnesium can be recycled through the kidneys, with a 95% recovery rate; but most of the time, people do habits that further the loss of magnesium in their body compared to their also deficient intake of it. Alcohol, diets high in animal protein and fats, diets high in sodium and/or sugar, and excessive calcium (through supplements or food) all promote magnesium loss. Additionally, there had been some research that showed a drop in magnesium levels in the body through the following factors: mental stress, coffee, cola type sodas, tobacco, medical drugs, low thyroid, diabetes, chronic pain, diuretics, high perspiration via sports and working outside.
Because of these factors, you could be losing magnesium more than what you take in. And millions suffer from magnesium deficiency around the world, most especially in western countries where calcium is given more importance but could pose more danger in your magnesium levels when consumed disproportionately to magnesium. You might think that you can live the problem through with low magnesium levels, but the truth is your condition will most likely worsen as your magnesium levels drop. The fact is really simple; you cannot live without magnesium. The lower the cellular level of magnesium, the faster disease states develop and the faster aging progresses. So you could die of old age and several organ failures at 40 just because you’re magnesium deficient. Do you know that many of the heart failure and heart attack cases are caused by magnesium deficiency?
You could be magnesium deficient when you are showing signs of several or more of the following:
- Lower libido
- Low energy
- Psychotic Behavior
- Muscle disorders (Muscle spasms, muscle cramps, muscle jerks, muscle tics, eye tics, hiccups, etc)
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Osteoporosis (Calcium alone will not cure this)
- Loss of Appetite
- Coronary spasms
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Unusual heart beats
- Collapsing after heavy physical exercises
- Dilation and sometimes widening of the blood vessels
- Kidney Stones
To maximize dietary absorption of magnesium, give up ice cream (which is often high in sugar and fat), chocolate (high in sugar and fat), soft drinks (high phosphate content), loud music (noise = stress), pizza (high in fat), milk shakes (high in calcium, sugar and fat), and potato chips (high in salt and fat).
The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition
Causes of Magnesium Deficiency and Treatment
Magnesium and Aging
How to Have a Magnesium (Mg) Rich Diet