It certainly is a puzzling statement.
I used to just shrug and say, “Oh well, I assume everyone, to a degree,” but that all changed the other Sunday.
The next morning, I ate a sandwich and got ready to go to church. I was constantly plagued by the unsettling sense that I was about to pass out. –
Strange, but what really disturbed me was the fact that I had also begun to feel a bit dizzy, as if my brain were swimming about within my skull, befuddled as to what it should do. Which, I’ll confess, has started to make me feel anxious.
But I guess it all reached its conclusion when I went on a stroll to find a church that was closer to my house so that I could walk there instead of driving. The parking lot was crowded, so I figured the service had already begun, and I didn’t feel comfortable walking into a location that I didn’t know anybody, so I stayed at home instead. So instead going inside to take some Panadol and have a cup of tea, I got in the vehicle and went to my regular place of worship. Also novel to me, since I hadn’t been to this city for a short while.
Next I went to a neighboring café for lunch with several of my new acquaintances, when I once again began to have trouble standing up. When I informed one of my traveling companions about it, she said she had a cousin who had a similar experience. Being a farmer, he immediately thought of “The Staggers,” the neurological disorder that affects cattle when they are deficient in magnesium. His doctor heard about it and suggested him take a Magnesium pill.
I had been consuming a supplement that included magnesium up until a few weeks ago, but I had finally ran out of pills. Turmeric, not magnesium, was the primary component in the pills. I said, “Oh well, I’ll grab some more when I do my biweekly grocery run.” As I had just purchased this item on the off chance that it might improve my health, it was never anything I gave much consideration to. So I neglected to pick some up on the way home and told myself not to worry since I would just grab some the next time I went shopping. Naturally, I failed to remember back then, too. ï
After my “incident” on Sunday, I tried to make sure to stock up on magnesium pills and now take one every day. After a week, I felt like myself again, so I put the whole thing out of my mind. Yet, I persisted with the medication.
You know the old adage: “Those who may not remember their past are doomed to repeat it.” I almost remembered, but then I ran out and decided to wait until the next store. After drowsing off in my chair throughout the day for a few days straight, and then having the same problem with my head swimming rear its ugly head again, I made a beeline for the pharmacy.
Yet it also made me spend more time doing in-depth study on the internet, my second favorite activity. Nuts, pecans, whole grains, beans, green vegetables, milk, yoghurt, and fortified meals are all rich sources of magnesium, therefore it may not be necessary to take a supplement. It can even be found in water (whether tap, mineral, or bottled). Unfortunately, most of us don’t eat enough of the foods that might be beneficial to us.
The next question that comes to mind for me is, “Why do we need it?”
The creation of proteins, DNA, and RNA all need magnesium, which the Mayo Clinic says is essential for healthy muscles, nerves, and energy generation. Similar to certain osteoporosis medications and antibiotics. Glutathione, an antioxidant, also aids in calcium absorption and the formation of strong bones.
Moreover, only one ounce of unsalted almonds provides 20% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium. And surely nobody dislikes almonds. OK. I’m aware that there are people who don’t like it or are allergic to it, but to many of us, it’s delicious.
Magnesium is essential for our metabolism because it is used by our cells to facilitate the movement of both potassium and calcium ions across their membranes.
Yet, research has connected low magnesium levels to a variety of health issues, including osteoporosis, anxiety, melancholy, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Those with elevated blood pressure, many chronic illnesses, Diabetes, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may benefit from taking magnesium as a supplement.
Consistently low magnesium levels have been linked to heavy drinking, alcoholism, Crohn’s disease, and Celiac illness. It’s not uncommon for older people (like me ) to have lower levels than their younger counterparts. This is due in part to a decline in magnesium absorption and retention by the kidneys and the stomach as we age. In addition, the kidneys’ excessive magnesium excretion due to Type 2 Diabetes might result in a magnesium deficiency.
High magnesium levels have been linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, sudden cardiac death, and ischemic heart disease in many long-term studies . Likewise, this aids in avoiding strokes. An additional 100 ml of magnesium per day lowered stroke risk by 8%, according to a meta-analysis of seven trials, including one including more than 200,000 participants. Excellent results.
Potential adverse reactions to the supplement include
Diarrhea, cramping, and nausea
Possibly harmful interactions with antibiotics, diuretics, and cardiac medications.
Individuals with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, bowel illness, heart disease, or renal disease should get their doctor’s approval before beginning any new therapy.
Nausea, diarrhoea, low blood pressure, muscular weakness, and exhaustion are all possible symptoms of an overdose.
Very high dosages may be harmful, as is the case with many medications.
There was a lot more I learned from my research, but considering that the symptoms I was having before I started taking magnesium supplements have completely disappeared, I think it’s a good idea to monitor one’s health after starting a journey of magnesium, as long as one takes charge of any adverse effects.