Minerals and why we need them
Magnesium RDA 350-500mg.
Magnesium is a trace mineral that is known to be required for several hundred different functions in the body. Studies show many people today do not consume the daily-recommended amounts of magnesium. A lack of magnesium can be a major factor in many common health problems in industrialised countries.
Food allergies are usually associated with low hydrochloric acid levels and poor digestion. The reason for this is that low stomach acid leaves food undigested and fermenting in the intestinal tract. This fermentation causes gas, bloating and stomach upset, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Undigested and fermented food causes the body to raise histamine levels, which produce allergic reactions. This is why people take antihistamines for allergies, to lower histamine levels. Interestingly, magnesium is needed to reduce histamine levels.
Low stomach acid levels reduce levels of beneficial intestinal bacteria, which are needed for absorption of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been implicated in allergies and allergic skin reaction in many studies on humans. It must be noted at this point that taking magnesium supplements in high doses can actually lower stomach acid levels which can cause more problems.
People with chemical sensitivities, commonly have other conditions linked to magnesium deficiency such as fibromyalgia, mitral valve prolapse and anxiety disorders. Asthma has been linked to magnesium deficiencies in a wide variety of studies.
Asthma and allergies not only frequently occur together, but they frequently occur together along with gastrointestinal upset in many chronic disorders. This essential mineral is known to help relieve bronchospasm or constricted airways in the lungs and is actually used for treatment of acute asthma.
Eating too many acid forming foods causes the body to use calcium and magnesium to buffer acidic body chemistry.Magnesium's role within the nervous system
Magnesium can raise levels of noradrenaline, improving motivation and get up and go.
It also has a calming, soothing effect at certain doses and can be used as a mild sedative. Production of ATP (the body's energy currency for almost all metabolic processes) and mitochondrial metabolism is highly dependent on magnesium.
Apathy - confusion - depression - disorientation - hallucinations - irritability - paranoia - poor memory - angina - arteriosclerosis - high blood pressure - sweating - fast pulse - cramps - epilepsy - muscle twitching - numbness - rapid eye movements - tingling - tremors - stiffness - kidney and gall bladder stones - prostate problems - overactive thyroid - colic - premenstrual tension - mitral valve prolapse - attention deficit disorder - fibromyalgia - asthma and allergies.Best food sources
Nuts - soya beans - brewer's yeast - brown rice - apples - corn - wheat germ.