Episode 11: The Wonders of Magnesium with Dr. Barb Woegerer
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[1:00] Minerals allow the body to function properly
[3:00] Magnesium is in every cell of your body
[8:00] Symptom management vs building your foundation
[10:00] Misinterpreting magnesium levels
[12:00] How magnesium helps bone health
[16:00] Overprescibing Vitamin D and Calcium
[20:40] Testing your mineral levels
[23:00] 7 forms of magnesium and their uses
[33:30] Bioavailable magnesium
[37:00] Depleting magnesium stores
[41:00] Absorption of magnesium
[45:00] The danger of over-supplementation
Dr Barb Woegerer on the Wonders of Magnesium
Are you supporting your bones with the minerals they need? Today on The Stronger Bones Lifestyle, Dr. Barb Woegerer joins us to talk about the wonders of magnesium, the only mineral that is n every cell of your body. Dr. Barb is a naturopathic doctor whose mission is to empower her patients with the knowledge and tools to reclaim their health using natural modalities.
Dr. Barb reveals the seven forms of magnesium and how to ensure that you are fully absorbing this precious mineral. With most Americans suffering from gut issues, many people are suffering from nutritional deficiencies. If you are not digesting properly, you are not utilizing the full benefits of the nutrients and minerals consumed in your daily diet. She teaches you how to prime your body for optimal absorption, so you can reap the full benefits of your food and supplements.
We discuss the misconceptions about essential minerals for bone formation. Many doctors are overprescribing Calcium, and Dr. Barb concludes that the missing link is magnesium. Nearly every American is Magnesium deficient, and we hope this conversation tips the scales as we dive into the healing abilities of this vital mineral.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Magnesium is a mineral that is necessary for a variety of body processes, such as nerve function, muscle contraction, and keeping the heartbeat regular. As it participates in more than 300 enzymatic processes within the body, it is an essential nutrient for overall health.
Natural sources of magnesium include whole grains, nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables. It is a frequent component of many over-the-counter and prescription drugs and is also offered as a supplement.
Among the important functions of magnesium in the body are:
- regulating muscle and nerve activity
- keeping your heart healthy
in support of bone health
- regulating blood glucose levels
- maintaining normal blood pressure
- promoting immune system health
- maintaining normal mood and cognitive function
The bones, muscles, and organs like the heart, brain, and kidneys are just a few of the tissues and organs in the body that contain magnesium. In fact, the body stores more than half of its magnesium in the bones, where it is essential for maintaining the strength and health of the bones.
Moreover, muscular tissue contains magnesium, which aids in controlling the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Magnesium supports appropriate blood pressure and regulates heart rhythm in the heart. It is also engaged in a wide range of other bodily processes, including those that control blood sugar levels, maintain immune system functioning, and regulate neuron function.
Magnesium is essential for maintaining bone health. It plays a number of roles in the development and upkeep of strong bones, including:
- Magnesium is a crucial part of the mineral matrix that makes up bone tissue, supporting bone structure. It is essential for the growth of new bone tissue and aids in giving bones strength and structure.
- Improves calcium absorption: Magnesium and calcium enhance the health of the bones. It facilitates the body’s efficient absorption and utilization of calcium, which is crucial for the development and maintenance of strong bones.
- Reduces bone loss: According to research, magnesium may aid postmenopausal women with their bone density and bone loss. This is attributed, at least in part, to the capacity of magnesium to assist calcium absorption and control PTH levels.
Yes, it has been demonstrated that magnesium contains anti-inflammatory effects and may aid in reducing inflammation in the body.
The immune system of the body naturally produces inflammation in reaction to injury, illness, or other types of stress. Chronic inflammation can be a factor in a number of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune illnesses, although acute inflammation can be helpful for healing and recovery.
Magnesium depletion in the body can be caused by a number of things, such as:
- The most frequent cause of magnesium insufficiency is inadequate dietary consumption of foods high in magnesium. Nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and leafy green vegetables are a few examples of foods high in magnesium. A high-processed diet or calorie restriction may raise the risk of magnesium insufficiency in some people.
- Absorption of magnesium can be hampered by gastrointestinal conditions such celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and persistent diarrhea, which can deplete magnesium stores.
- Drugs: Certain drugs, including proton pump inhibitors, diuretics, and specific antibiotics, can impede the absorption of magnesium and raise the risk of magnesium depletion.