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212-Magnesium Deficiencies

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Dr. Martin Sr: Well, today I want to talk to you about magnesium deficiency. We see a lot of that in our society. We're really overfed [00:00:30] and undernourished. So, that's a big problem in our society today. So, I just want to talk about that and some of the causes of magnesium deficiencies. And some of them are pretty troubling. Okay?

Dr. Martin Sr: Thanks for watching this morning. Steph, how are you? And others are coming on. Troy, Dr. Troy, how are you this morning? And I just want to do a little teaching on magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: Hopefully everybody can hear [00:01:00] me and everything is good. Okay. So, Glen, good morning and good to have you on. Serpa, how are you this morning? And Linda. Many, many others are joining us this morning. Josh.

Dr. Martin Sr: And I want to talk about something that's common, because in our society, today, like I was saying a little bit earlier, we're overfed and very much undernourished in a lot of nutrients. But one of the most important minerals that is [00:01:30] deficient in our soil, in everything is magnesium and your body will not work properly without magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: Let's look at that. Just written down here some of the causes of magnesium deficiencies. One of them, obviously, is our diet. Like I said, if it isn't in the soil, it's not in the food. If it's not in the food, we're not getting it. So just generally, people are very deficient in magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: If you've got a low [00:02:00] thyroid, if you got any kind of kidney stress, if your insulin is high, if you're dehydrated, if you have a low salt intake. I always talk about that. The biggest problem in our society today is not salt. It's sugar. And alcohol, stress. If you're on certain drugs like anti-acids and diuretics, anti-depression pills, [00:02:30] all these cause deficiencies of magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: So think of magnesium ... I like to teach that magnesium is a mineral that helps you to relax. So what's a big, big issue in our society today? Anxiety. People are secreting cortisol 24 hours a day [00:03:00] and if you don't sleep right, your cortisol goes up. If your cortisol goes up, you don't sleep right?

Dr. Martin Sr: Well, one of the deficiencies in anxiety, adrenal stress is that of magnesium. Your adrenals don't work properly without magnesium. Now, here are some of the signs. I mean, obviously, anxiety is a sign. Depression is a sign that you're low [00:03:30] in magnesium. These things should be checked out if you're ... Now, here's some things that maybe you've never thought of, but the magnesium makes you relax.

Dr. Martin Sr: I used to tell that to my kids, okay, relax. Okay? You're crossing the line, relax. And they kind of knew that daddy meant business there, right? Just okay, tone her down a little bit. Okay? And your body [00:04:00] needs magnesium not only for anxiety but for your blood vessels to relax.

Dr. Martin Sr: One of the problems that happens in our blood vessels is that they constrict and, over a long period of time, they constrict the ... This is where high blood pressure comes in when you don't have good enough vasodilation and magnesium helps your blood vessels, the walls, the endothelial [00:04:30] walls to relax, relax. This brings your blood pressure down.

Dr. Martin Sr: So, here's a sign that you may have never thought of. Twitching. You ever get your eyelid just starts twitching? That is a common sign or any kind of facial twitch or whatever, any kind of tremor. You know, obviously, I'm not even talking about when you get Parkinson's. But if you get an eye twitch or if you [00:05:00] get twitching, even in your face, you sort of feel like your muscles are twitching maybe in your hand or your fingers, just twitching involuntarily. That often is a sign of low magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: Here's another one. Cramps. How many people get cramps and that can be caused by different things like medications and diuretics and whatever. But, the mineral that it releases the most is the magnesium [00:05:30] and magnesium, again, muscles relax. If they're into a cramp, you're often low in magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: Sometimes I'll give a patient some potassium, too. One of the things in our diet that really affects magnesium is phosphorus. When you consume soda and processed foods, you know, go in the middle aisles of those grocery stores and the processed foods and especially the [00:06:00] phosphorus that's found in soda, so many people drink soda, even if it's diet soda has phosphorus. You know what that does? It leaches the magnesium out of your body and, again, you need magnesium for your heart. Obviously, we just talked about it for blood vessels.

Dr. Martin Sr: One of the biggest things that I find in society that's just gone crazy in society today is atrial fibrillation. AFib. The heart is [00:06:30] skipping a beat. It can go into [inaudible 00:06:33], it's very dangerous. A lot of people have a heart attack because they're dehydrated and one of the things that dehydrates you, one of the minerals you're missing in dehydration is magnesium. And this is why I often get my patients not only to drink water, but add a little pinch of Himalayan salt.

Dr. Martin Sr: That'll give you the magnesium. It's [00:07:00] a good way to get magnesium. Of course, I often have patients supplementing with magnesium because they are so low in it, especially if they're getting cramps, especially if they have anxiety, especially if they're on certain medications. Even confusion. Confusion is often that with the memory, the brain.

Dr. Martin Sr: Again, the brain needs to relax, relax. [00:07:30] Magnesium is the central mineral for that. And for your memory, too. Migraines. Okay, and again, whenever I get a patient with migraines, I work backwards. I go backwards to find out what they're deficient in. Oftentimes, with migraines, and it could be due to dehydration, but the mineral they're missing that relaxes the blood vessels in the brain, vasodilation, is what? [00:08:00] Magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: So hormones can cause, like extra estrogen. Estrogen dominance, of course, can be a major factor in migraines, but I always look for the deficiency of magnesium. Okay?

Dr. Martin Sr: You're not sleeping well? What? 70% of the population doesn't sleep properly? Well, then you should look at magnesium. It's one of the things that I use with patients to sleep, take magnesium [00:08:30] before you go to bed at night. It's a good thing.

Dr. Martin Sr: If you're constipated. Okay? One of the minerals that are often lacking is magnesium. So magnesium is an essential mineral. We're very deficient in it, we don't get enough in our diets. Most people have to supplement with magnesium because they're not getting enough.

Dr. Martin Sr: So, if you're not sleeping [00:09:00] properly and you got maybe some of those signs that we talked about today in terms of anxiety, constant stress, twitching, muscle cramp, cramping and things like that, good, good chance you're low in magnesium.

Dr. Martin Sr: The thing that I recommend is taking magnesium. I like magnesium citrate. I find it's one of the best. Magnesium is great. You can take an Epsom salt bath and get magnesium salts, [00:09:30] so that's a good thing. You know, maybe about a half an hour before going to bed at night take a nice hot ... Put a cup of magnesium salts in there. Epsom salts are magnesium salts and they get right into your bloodstream through that.

Dr. Martin Sr: But I like to take a couple of capsules of magnesium citrate. I usually take about 500 milligrams, maybe up to 1,000 milligrams a day, personally. And look, the only real side effect to magnesium you're getting too [00:10:00] much, well, you start getting a soft stool or you start getting diarrhea and then you just cut back. It's like vitamin C. Nobody overdoses really on magnesium. So this is an essential item. So thanks for watching this morning.

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