By Patricia Stokes.
During many years of clinical practice doing Bowen Therapy, I have became increasingly aware of the number of clients presenting with all the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. One of the most common symptoms of low magnesium levels is leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. When doing an initial assessment of a client , the first questions I ask is “do you suffer from cramps?” If the answer is “Yes”, then I know without doubt this person has low magnesium levels. Simple. Usually as we question further, we find further symptoms to verify this conclusion.
Magnesium is responsible for several hundred different functions in the body. A significant number of the symptoms of many chronic diseases are identical to the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Some of these are listed below;
- Chronic Fatigue/Fybromyalgia
- Low energy
- High Blood Pressure
- Muscle tension
- Kidney stones
- Accelerated aging
- Muscle cramps
Since 99 percent of magnesium resides inside living cells, blood serum levels are not a good indicator of magnesium deficiency. Blood tests for magnesium are notoriously inaccurate. Only 1 percent of the total body magnesium pool exists outside of living cells. In other words, your doctor can’t easily tell you by a blood test if your magnesium levels are low.
Why Is Magnesium Important?
So what is so important about magnesium? It is the most prolific trace mineral in the body. It works hand in hand with calcium, which is why it is so dangerous to take calcium supplements without magnesium. Calcium is the “hardening or constricting ” mineral while magnesium is the “relaxing” mineral. Magnesium relaxes the muscles and feeds the nerves.
Supplementing needs to be done correctly and sadly many practitioners including Doctors are prescribing big doses of calcium and ignoring the importance of its partner in health, magnesium. Thus the dominance of calcium over magnesium produces symptoms of muscle spasm. Migraines, eyelid twitch, heart flutters, back aches, premenstrual tension, leg cramps and constipation are all linked to calcium overload. Excessive calcium may also result in kidney stones and heart valve calcifications (mitral valve.)
Why are we seeing an epidemic of people with all the symptoms of magnesium deficiency?
I believe its a result of a 2 pronged attack on our health and well being, Deficiency and Toxicity.
The number one factor is the unprecedented levels of heavy metals and toxins in the environment which inevitably winds up in our bodies. Most people will have measurable levels of heavy metals. I find heavy metals, like mercury, cadmium, lead, zinc, and copper in the urine excretion tests of almost all I test. These have no safe levels and the body will try to find a way to minimise the harm heavy metals cause to the tissue and organs.
The first line of defence the body takes is to bind a magnesium molecule to a heavy metal molecule to negate the damaging oxidative effect of heavy metal. The body will then excrete the metal along with the magnesium. So people with high levels of heavy metals excrete high levels of magnesium. This leaves in its wake a magnesium deficient body. We don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand this!!
Since the turn of last century, our depleted soils, processed foods and fast food diet lifestyles have led to a steady increase in mineral deficiencies. Nowhere is this more true than in Magnesium.
Remove the Toxins.
Without doing this we are only supplementing a poisoned body. Remove the heavy metals and toxins and we are then supplementing a body that is better able to absorb and utilise the nutrients it receives through either diet or supplementation. In fact I have seen by removing the heavy metals a lot of deficiency, including magnesium, will correct without extra supplementation.
Until recently, there wasn’t a completely safe, easy and efficient way to remove heavy metals from the body. Some chelating agent were not entirely safe and ended up removing good minerals along with the bad guys, others were safe but very slow, others required many sessions hooked up to an IV infusion of the chelating agent, others were very expensive.
One of the most exciting and important supplements to come onto the market in recent times is Activated Liquid Zeolite. This naturally occurring mineral, sold as a food supplement is safe, [has been granted GRAS staus by the FDA, which means it has no known side effects], it is extremely easy to use, tasteless drops in water, and for a few dollars a day we can use it to remove the heavy metals and toxins from the body. It’s safe for everyone from the new born to the elderly.
So if anything resonated with you as you have read this article, your tired of being tired and no matter how much you spend on the best supplements and therapies you still don’t feel great, you may well like to try Activated Liquid Zeolite. Often doing a simple heavy metal excretion test will reveal the presence of heavy metals and these are available in kits to test yourself at home.
About the Author.
Patricia Stokes is a fully qualified Bowen Therapy Practitioner registered with the BAA. She has operated her own clinic for 10 years and has a keen interest in natural health options. Because of her own health issues with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and allergies over a 25 year period she has researched looking for solutions, and is very passionate about looking for the underlying causes of ill health.
After having amazing personnel results using Activated Liquid Zeolite in 2007 she is committed to helping others understand the effects of toxins and safe removal from the body.