As Christmas 2016 comes to a conclusion here in Queensland, Australia, I’m finding myself reading articles on topics seemingly unrelated to Christmas, yet really relevant all at once!
The time when we so often over-indulge in foods, possibly dealing with food reactions and that ‘food baby’ related tiredness…let alone the stress on our bodies and minds leading up to the big day….!
It all has a toll…
The first article is one I shared a couple of years ago on my personal Facebook profile discussing magnesium’s role in diabetes and insulin resistance. I just found it again yesterday, but now I understand so much more now so it seems even more pertinent now!
Read it here.
I find this excerpt very relevant…
“A lesser known fact is that insulin also stores magnesium. If your cells become resistant to insulin, since you can’t store magnesium so you lose it, in the urine. What is one of magnesium’s major roles? To relax muscles. Intracellular magnesium relaxes muscles. You lose magnesium and your blood vessels constrict, which increases blood pressure, and reduces energy since intracellular magnesium is required for all energy producing reactions that take place in the cell. But most importantly, magnesium is also necessary for the action of insulin. It is also necessary for the manufacture of insulin. So then you raise your insulin, you lose magnesium, and the cells become even more insulin resistant. Blood vessels constrict, glucose and insulin can’t get to the tissues, which makes them more insulin resistant, so the insulin levels go up and you lose more magnesium. This is the vicious cycle that goes on from before you were born.”
So drawing on this…if this is accurate…consider that there’s a high chance the last generation or two in Australia have been low in Magnesium and/or imbalanced minerals wise, then consider what that means for each generation? Could you see each one being more prone to insulin resistance and early onset diabetes….?
Hang on, here we are in an epidemic of obesity with our children, type 2 diabetes coming in earlier and earlier…. yet our physicians just prescribe drugs and mayyyybe say to eat better food? If an unwell person gets a ‘good’ GP, they may even send their patients to a dietitian…but then they are bound to recommend grains and often foods the body requires insulin for…perpetuating the problem! Let alone how many will put them onto foods which they may not like, know how to prepare without full support on how to succeed with the changes (recipes, meal plans, etc).
Food is critical of course, however, in my experience, many who would have been trying to get help from the GP can’t digest their food properly and/or have insufficient stomach acid (not reflux from too much!!), reduced enzymes to break down the food, etc….so then food alone won’t solve it.
The second article ties in with this side of food metabolism too – this time on the topic of potassium.
So if someone has poor diet or isexperimenting with food to an extreme (eg high protein diets), has a condition like diabetes, highly stressed people and those with adrenal fatigue…potassium gets tanked. This translates to some very serious symptoms!
Eric even talks about how sugar has a negative impact – which we also had in the first article on mag – very important relationship!!
….those people affected by low potassium are more likely to have high blood pressure, be fatigued, have heart irregularities and even be prone to constipation!
I’m confident many who will read this have crossed this path at some stage, and may even live with it day to day. I have lived this too and only realised in 2016 how I still wasn’t managing potassium intake well for myself even with a couple of years knowing I have had severe adrenal fatigue.
Magnesium and potassium are interrelated, so if one is low, the other often will be too. These electrolytes are part of the daily stress respond mechanism of our bodies too – so if you inherited low magnesium, you probably struggle to hold onto potassium too. Both will be harder to get up without further addressing other underlying mineral imbalances.
Worth noting, suddenly adding too much magnesium too quickly can cause your body to offset it with potassium shifts, which can give you a headache and generally make you feel washed out like you have had a big day in the sun and dealing with sunstroke (…dehydration anyone?).
Do Doctors generally test correctly for either magnesium or potassium?
No. They test for serum levels, which is what floats around in the blood and is highly regulated for both potassium and magnesium.
Do they understand the critical role these two minerals/electrolytes play?
Yes and no. They get taught of the importance, but they also get taught about wonderful drugs and medications which can ‘manage’ things like diabetes too.
Imagine if the population as a whole got the right testing on basic minerals and it was found we were lacking, but that it would be pretty simple to improve outcomes and help 1000’s off medication?
I think some big pharmaceutical companies may not be fond of that….
Want to understand more?
Watch this space, and head over to gotmag.org too and review the articles and ways to determine your mineral levels.
Merry Christmas and a happy festive time to you!