The One Nutrient That All Australian’s Are Lacking
There are as many health products in the world as there are opinions about which ones to take. How do you, the busy professional, navigate the landscapes of the supplement industry to discover precisely what you need to look, feel and perform years younger?
Carefully selected and adequately used supplements can really give you the edge when it comes to complete health. However, there’s one supplement that is nearly always overlooked, and it may, in fact, be the most important supplement of all…
Magnesium is King
From the ancient heroes of Homer’s Greek Odyssey to Ponce de León’s legendary discovery of the “Fountain of Youth”, magnesium has long been thought of as critical health support.
The ancient practices of salt bathing most likely came from the relaxing benefits of magnesium. Magnesium has a potent de-stressing effect by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. It is especially effective immediately after exercise for reducing the cortisol spike typically seen during physical activity and stress.
By reducing this cortisol spike efficiently post-workout, we initiate the recovery mechanisms and reduce post-exercise inflammation. This can be an effective method for building lean muscle, boosting fat loss, reducing muscle soreness and also the risk of chronic injury1.
Good Magnesium, Good Night
Magnesium also makes a powerful sleep-inducing agent. 400-800mg of magnesium taken 3-4 hours before bed can significantly reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and even improve your quality of sleep2.
If you often find yourself in a stressed state or have trouble shutting off at night, you likely fit into the 68% of the population who do not meet the health authority’s recommended daily magnesium intake3.
Life Extension Magazine proposes, “If this population who are magnesium deficient took corrective action, the need for many of these prescription drugs would be reduced”3.
Optimise Sex Hormones
Magnesium supplementation reduces cortisol by actually boosting the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA4.
DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in the body. It’s produced by the adrenal glands (attached to your kidneys) and has an enormous set of functions including being a precursor to testosterone and estrogen.
With optimal DHEA levels, we buffer cortisol effectively while also regulating optimal testosterone and estrogen levels. An enormous number of men experience the unwelcome symptoms accompanying testosterone deficiency while the majority of women could benefit from better regulation of their monthly cycle. Pain and emotional distress are common, but not necessarily unpreventable.
Synthetic estrogens in environmental toxins and a high-stress lifestyle mean we need to supplement our body wherever we can; a magnesium supplement is an effective, broad-scope everyday remedy on these ills.
Throw Out Your Ibuprofen
Magnesium supplementation reduces inflammation and enhances the body’s ability to handle environmental damage. Specifically, studies have shown that magnesium supplementation can have a powerful effect against inflammation by boosting the immune system in individuals with digestive disorders and metabolic problems5, 8.
Typical over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs always have adverse effects on your gut and liver. This is because non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can increase intestinal permeability.
A magnesium supplement, however, can reduce inflammation throughout the body, boosting the effectiveness of our cardiovascular system and allowing blood flow smoothly through vessels8.
Stoke The Metabolic Fire
Insulin sensitivity is significant for optimal health, and by now, you’ve no doubt guessed that magnesium supplementation can improve this vital component of fat loss for individuals with a deficiency6. Remember, you are likely one of those individuals.
By allowing better uptake of insulin into the cell, we can better utilise the sugars in our food. This means we store less fat, have more energy and reduce our risk of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
Build a Resilient Framework
By optimising calcium absorption, magnesium increases bone density and reduces the risk of fractures, especially as we age. Supplementing with magnesium helps to keep minerals such as calcium in the bony matrix, and has been shown to prevent osteoporosis7.
Pair a magnesium supplement with strength training, and you have yourself a seriously resilient bone structure!
Rejuvenate Your Nervous System
This essential mineral is now being understood as a preventative measure for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
With over 330,000 Australians suffering from dementia, this is a big issue!
An essential component of nerve signalling is magnesium. It serves as a building block for our neurotransmitters, specifically, dopamine. This means every decision we make and every muscle contraction we have, is influenced by magnesium.
Magnesium actually promotes learning and memory as a result of its beneficial effect on synaptic plasticity and density11. Basically, it increases the number and efficiency of the connections of every one of your nerves. So with optimal magnesium levels and superhuman nerve transmission who knows what we are capable of!
Along with its beneficial effect on DNA protection, magnesium supplementation maintains the health of every cell in your body.
Support your cells. Supplement magnesium.
To put you and your team on the fast track to optimal health, we have included 12 weeks of magnesium glycinate in our corporate wellness program. This form of magnesium is bound to the amino acid, glycine, a process known as chelation. Magnesium glycinate has been shown to be one of the most bioavailable forms of the supplement and the coaches at 5th Element Wellness prescribe it readily to all of our Melbourne members. Time after time, we find that their busy professional lifestyle leads to a deficiency, which is visible in comprehensive blood chemistry tests.
Contact us if you’d like to find out how to enhance yours and your team’s wellbeing and performance with the world’s most comprehensive holistic corporate wellness program.
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- Mike Mahler. Testosterone is great but is dihydrotestosterone the king of all male androgens? Aggressive Strength. n.d.: http://www.mikemahler.com/online-library/articles/hormone-optimization/dihydrotestosterone-king-of-male-androgens.html
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