One of the questions that I do get asked in my practice on a regular basis is the importance of Magnesium for our body and the need for its regular supplementation to our diet.
When I first started to research information about Magnesium I learned that just as Magnesium works beneficially for us as human beings, it is also a very valuable mineral in the soil which every farmer monitors carefully since a lack of this mineral will cause crops, especially root vegetables, to be malformed or misshapen. Magnesium should be present in our food when grown organically in mineral-rich soils. But, in modern-day agricultural practices, soils are leached of their life-sustaining minerals and often boosted instead with chemical fertilisers or fumigants.
Magnesium is a vital mineral in the human body
In short, Magnesium is a mineral that’s used in over 130 different enzymatic actions in the body so deficiency can manifest in lots of symptoms. Sufficient Magnesium on the other hand means we draw up calcium, potassium and phosphorus so the health of bones and kidneys relies on it. Additional processes are dependent on Magnesium including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure as well as making protein and DNA.
Some signs & symptoms of Magnesium deficiency in homeopathic practice
During consultation, I always investigate a patient’s quality of sleep and since Magnesium calms the nervous system and relaxes muscles, difficulties in falling asleep can be one signpost towards its prescription. Tight muscles, cramps and most pre-menstrual problems also show me that Magnesium could be deficient.
In Teenage Health, I can see the lack of Magnesium in recurrent headaches with or without anxiety or nausea which can result from the fact that it is a mineral that we use up quickly under stress and through excess sweating. It also gets depleted by sugar, alcohol, tea and coffee in our diet.
The homeopathic tissue salt Magnesium Phosphoricum
One of my favourite remedy for the 21st century which can provide support for some of the signs & symptoms described in this post is the tissue salt Magnesium Phosphoricum. It is an antispasmodic, natural pain reliever for cramps and headaches and a superb nerve and muscle relaxant. It also treats stress-related pains and tensions and is therefore an excellent remedy fore pre- and menstrual problems like cramps and pains as well as the tension and moodiness that can accompany this time of the female cycle. It is a great and gentle way to support young girls during puberty and during the onset of their menstrual cycle. Dissolved in hot water, it can also be a soothing little helper and a calming drink.
Tissue salts – also called cell salts or biochemic salts – like Magnesium Phosphoricum are minerals, namely the same minerals that are found in the earth’s rocks and soil. These minerals should be present in our bodies in a perfect balance and they form the complete basis of the composition of our body’s bone and blood, organs and muscles.
Magnesium Phosphoricum is one of 12 tissue salts which can usually be bought from your local health shop or from Holland & Barrett or Revital (NB Ask me for a 15% Revital discount card if you don’t have already done). Follow the dosage instruction on the label or get in touch with me if you have further questions on how to take it. In general, tissue salts are safe and you can’t overdose and toxicity is not possible due to their homeopathic preparation.
Magnesium: Put this on your plate
Last but not least – the best and most enjoyable way to improve Magnesium levels is to include more of the following foods in your diet – buy organic products if possible:
Swiss chard, spinach, kelp, tofu, legumes, dark chocolate, baked potato with skin, oatmeal, whole grains, summer squash, turnip greens, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, halibut, flaxseeds, ginger, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, quinoa, buckwheat, tomatoes, beets, brussels sprouts, yellowfin tuna, asparagus, brown rice, oats, figs, almonds, bananas.