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Can a Magnesium Deficiency Make You Twice as Likely to Die?

magnesium-elementYou might be 2 times as likely to die as other people with a magnesium deficiency in an often overlook but extremely critical mineral, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Magnesium deficiency also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient.

Magnesium is critical for over 300 enzyme reactions. It is often used in medicine - but many medical professionals don't know why or use it before an emergency.  Magnesium is one of the 4 electrolytes that include sodium, potassium and calcium.

Magnesium deficiency is linked to inflammation (elevated levels of C-reactive Protein), autism, PMS, cramps, early labor, high blood pressure, asthma, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, constipation, angina, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, and so much more including weight gain and obesity.  Basically if you have a health concern, you might want to look at supplementing magnesium.

You can find a natural source of magnesium in a whole state in Red Raspberry Leaf. It is the best whole and natural source. And it has long been a remedy for men and women for puberty, male/female menopause, PMS, cramps and pregnancy.

We carry a new Liposomal delivery system of magnesium that many find very beneficial - especially for those with digestive issues (most Americans).MagnesiumLiposomal

And you can use magnesium topically. You can make your own, or come get ours.

Try soaking more often in a bath of Epsom salts.

Magnesium is often overlooked.

Many are deficient because our need is much greater.

Most people do not eat enough of the foods high in magnesium.  Food sources are: High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds, wild fish, beans, whole grains (not whole grain commercial bread and pastas - it isn't there despite the label - you need actual real whole grains like your grandparents used to eat), brown rice, avocados, real raw yogurt (not commercial), bananas, dried fruit, and dark chocolate which is why many women and men crave chocolate (again not the junky cheap chocolate with sugar, real healthy and good for you dark chocolate).

And many people are deficient because of the poor conditions of our guts or our digestive systems.  Minerals like magnesium require a low pH to be absorbed.  Your stomach is normally a low pH to properly digest food.  American's are confused by this and think that acid reflux is the result of TOO MUCH ACID.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  So in turn many are popping acid neutralizers from over the counter source and prescriptions.  If your a bit confused on your digestive system, check this article out and I'll explain it better.   Here are some alternatives for acid reflux.  So many people are neutralizing stomach acid and are unable to absorb and utilize what little magnesium they eat and the magnesium they supplement with.

Due to poor absorption of magnesium because of the digestive system, DesBio answered that with their Liposomal delivery of Magnesium, it bypasses the digestive system and gets the magnesium to the cells.

Many drugs can cause a magnesium deficiency as well.

Drinking alcohol, diabetes both type 1 and type 2, any gastrointestinal problems including Crohn's and IBS, and excessive sweating cause you to lose magnesium at a higher rate.

red raspberry leaf capsIn addition you need adequate levels of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.  And many people are deficient in this nutrient.  You also need Vitamin K1 and K2.  K1 is found in dark green leafy vegetables and K2 is normally made in your healthy gut.  Problem is, most people don't have a healthy gut due to antibiotics both prescribed and in our food supply.  So you need to supplement with ideally naturally fermented foods and good probiotics.

So are you feeling a bit overwhelmed right about now?  Don't worry.  We are here to help.  It isn't as simple as taking a supplement.  In fact, taking a ton of supplements is what is wrong with the natural health care field, every one just wants to throw pills at you.  And unfortunately there are not magic pills.  But as 'Once Upon a Time' fans know, magic comes with a price.  You can take your magic pill, and you will pay a price whether that pill is a Rx formula prescribed by your doctor or another pill promising results, you will pay a price.

The real solution..... it is what we teach and live.  Our Seven Simple Steps to Wellness.  You just need to join us, follow us, and learn from us.  We will help you Get Real help and healing and get on the path to real health, not just a magic pill.  This is why buying a bunch of supplements of random websites can cost you a lot of extra money and may even compromise your health.  Support your naturopaths and healers, they are the ones that have acquired useful information through years of study and research and can help you.

So what can you do if you suspect you are low in magnesium?  And more than 50% of the population is.

  1. Drink more water.  Lack of water actually makes it harder for your stomach to get a low enough pH to digest your food.
  2. Eat right and severely limit your junk food, sodas, coffee and alcohol.  Eat a balanced whole food diet with plenty of leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, good fats, and the right amount of protein.
  3. Get your sunshine to increase vitamin D levels.
  4. Include easily made naturally fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, real pickles (not commercial store bought), and home made yogurt.
  5. Supplement with Liposomal Magnesium while fixing your digestive system.  Call us or come into the store for information.
  6. Supplement with good sources of magnesium like red raspberry leaf.
  7. Take a regular bath in Espsom salts.  And who couldn't use more time in the bath?  Right.
  8. Talk to us and we'll help you on the path to real health and wellness.

If you suffer with a chronic illness, have unexplained illness or are even dealing with depression and anxiety; talk to health expert that might know about magnesium.  It is a simple fix and has helped thousands.

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Stress Busters and Stress Management

Get Real! with Mark and Kally BlogTalk Radio Program on Your True Colours Radio Network -  Stress Busters.  Catch our radio broadcast here.  Keep reading for a handy list on stress management.

Stressed Casual Woman by artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netStress may be affecting your health, even though you might not think there is a direct connection to your health challenges.  Stress symptoms can affect your body, thoughts, feelings and behavior.    You might feel like you're running on empty.  We have some tips to help you fill up your tank and reduce stress.  Stress is a known contributor to major illnesses from fibromayalgia to heart disease.   Many people end up in the emergency room thinking they are having a heart attack and all it is, is stress.

Some stress is naturally and beneficial.  Like you know when there is a lion chasing you and you need to run!!  It can save your life.  But when your body thinks it is running from a lion all day - everyday - this chronic not real stress damages the body.

Jobs, family and normal life can feel like your running from a lion every day, or that rat race that never stops.  We can't always change our circumstances, but we can change the lion into a more friendly animal that you can walk with and walk away from on your terms without being dinner.  Stress management is an important skill to learn and teach your children as well.  Surprisingly, many kids these days are stressed.

In my life, I used to experience a huge amount of stress whenever I went outside.  I was terrified of snakes.  I got bit by one at 8 years old.  Well in my life, instead of running from a lion - I was always running from snakes.  This created huge amount of stress.  You might night have a snake or a lion in your life, but if you are dealing with stress on a daily basis - you need to deal with your lion or snake.  For me, I actually got help using the LifeLine technique and now I enjoy the outdoors so much more.

What is causing your stress?  What can your change?  This might be the circumstances or your approach to them.Businesswoman Workload by iosphere at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We have 2 tools:  The LifeLine and EVOX and both are great.  Check out our services page if you want to learn more.   But we also show you how to manage your stress.  Check out our show and pick up some more tips.  Here are the highlights and tips to help you learn to manage your stress.

  1. Laugh often.  This really helps good chemicals in the brain and relieve stress.  Turn on a funny movie, laugh with a friend, anything.
  2. Breath deeply.  When you start to feel stress, take some deep breaths.  And take deep breaths through out the day.  This oxygenates the brain and gives you better coping skills.
  3. Speak slower and slow down.  Sometimes you think your running from a lion, but if you slow down and observe, you find there really isn't anything there.  Take a few minutes, you will often make better more efficient decisions.
  4. Go outside and take a breath of fresh air.  Get some sun.  Don't think about what has to be done, just give your mind a break and fresh air.  It will work better for you.
  5. Earthing or grounding.  This is a revolutionary techinque that we are re-discovering.  In the old days - this was considered normal.   Literally take your shoes off and walk barefoot in the grass, sand, dirt, whatever you have.
  6. Eat a healthy diet.  This make a huge difference in your bodies ability to handle stress.  So if you life is full of stressful challenges, don't skip eating a healthy balanced diet.  Skip the junk and focus on the good stuff.  Eating comfort foods often leads to more stress, that is unless your comfort food happens to be healthy.
  7. Check your posture.  Straightening the spinal cord promotes relaxation and provides the brain with a good supply of oxygen and blood that is restricted when slumping.Healthy Drinks You Can Make at Home
  8. Drink plenty of water.  When you are dehydrated, you put your body at greater risk for dehydration.
  9. Exercise stimulates hormones that keep the stress hormones in check.  It also sharpens brain power and improves your energy level.
  10. Plan for some good rewards for yourself, especially at the end of a stressful day or project.  It gives you something to look forward to and is a chance to unwind  and release stress.
  11. Do acts of service.  Small and simple things can mean a lot to others and takes your mind off your stress for a bit.
  12. Turn off your phone and unwind or work on a project without interruptions.  In this day and age we are reachable literally 24 hours a day.  This is an invasion of your quiet and down time.  Learn to turn it off at times when appropriate.
  13. Make a decision.  Often, worrying about a decision leads to stress.  Even a "so-called" wrong decision is better than putting off a choice.
  14. Meditate.  Take time to sit and ponder and meditate.  Studies show that regular meditation improves both physical and emotional responses to stress.  Just a few minutes each day makes a difference.
  15. Get a working and manageable to do list.  If you have too many things to do, get help learning to priorities and cross things off your list that someone else can do or that you not realistically doing to do.
  16. Put away your super hero cape.  You can't do it all.
  17. There is a saying that I love, "Let go and let God."  There are times that you just have to trust in a higher power.
  18. Journal writing helps get problems and challenges out of your head and heart and onto paper where you can deal more logically with the issues.  It is also a resting place on paper to deal with at a later more appropriate time.  Manage your lion, they don't always need to be chasing you.
  19. Practice gratitude.  A very simple route to maintain emotional and physical well-being.

11 Nov 2012 658Trust me when I say you can't always change your life circumstances, but you can change how you deal with stress.  I am busier than ever and have a lot of lions I COULD be running from.  In the old days, 1/4 of what I deal with now would have put me over the edge into a stressed responce.  I know my health suffered.  I have learned to tame my lions and work with them.  I get a lot more done and I'm happier.  I still have a to do list that is very large, but I focus on my priorities, do what I can, and let go of worrying about the rest.  It always works out.  Learning stress management skills made a huge difference in my life.

Don't try and do all 19 things everyday, focus on the basics:  water, food, rest, and exercise.  Do what you can with the rest.  Keep your reservoir full and balanced and when you have a REAL emergency, you'll have the resources to respond.

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The Ins and Outs of Good Digestive Health – Everything Begins and Ends in Our Gut

I have been working in alternative therapies for over 10 years now.   An interesting observation in my clients dealing with frequent or chronic illness like Fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, low energy, or allergies is that many deal with digestive health issues.   If you don’t fix the digestive system, you are not going to get very far no matter what else you do.  It is the first step.  The food and supplements need to enter the digestive system to get broken down and be sent where they are needed in the body and toxins properly eliminated.  Poor digestive health may lead to other complications, depression and chronic illness.

The digestive system or our gut is responsible for breaking down the food into smaller parts to be used by the cells of our body.  A healthy digestive system is an important part of our immune system.  We have what scientists refer to as the 2nd brain in the gut or the enteric nervous system which can respond to emotions and affects our brain.  When digestive health is sluggish, it can affect every aspect of our mind and body.

Here are 10 steps for good digestive health. 

  1.  It starts in the mouth. Slow down when eating and chew your food.  Mixing food and liquids with saliva is the first step in digestion.  Dr. John Christopher used to say, “Drink your solids, and chew your liquids.”
  2.  You need a good mucosal lining in the stomach to protect it from the stomach acids.  Remedies that can help are:
    • Slippery Elm Bark traditionally you would take 2 capsules with a glass of water, 20 minutes before meals.  It works wonders. 
    • Lactoferrin Gold from Nikken or Colostrum capsules (which contains Lactoferrin).  Lactoferrin is one of the primary parts of the mucosal immune system.
    •  Aloe Vera Juice
  3. Water is often overlooked in healing the gut.  Dehydration leads to indigestion.  Water is essential for getting the stomach acid to the right pH.  When the pH is too high (in the absence of water), undigested food will eventually pass to the small intestine causing problems.  Without water, the food will not easily pass into the small intestine and you are more likely to deal with acid reflux.  So drink plenty of filtered water.
  4.  You need stomach acid to break down the food.  One of the challenges with taking antacids is the interference with digestion.  It is better to get the system working properly than neutralize the stomach acid.
  5. Enzymes are substances that speed up chemical reactions in the body and are essential to digestion.  They are released at every stage from the saliva, stomach, pancreas, and intestines.   If your diet was about 75% raw food you would most likely have enough enzymes.  If not, most people benefit from adding digestive enzymes.  Consult with your health care practitioner on the ones best for you as there are many choices.  A lot of energy goes into digesting your food, many people report added energy from taking enzymes, assisting the body with digestion.
  6. Supplement with L-Glutamine to help improve digestive health.  It is an essential amino acid that repairs the gut.  Our body will produce it, except during sickness and times of stress.  It is essential for the normal functioning of the intestines.
  7. Healthy gut flora is an essential part of digestion, the immune system, and they produce vitamins and hormones.  Eating greens like wheat grass, spirulina, and chlorella support healthy gut flora.  You need to eat prebiotics like onions, garlic, apples, bananas, dandelion or raw apple cider vinegar.  And you need good sources of probiotics are: 
    • Cultured dairy like kefir or yogurt
    • Traditionally fermented foods like sauerkraut
    • Quality probiotic supplements
  8. Eat a healthy diet of whole foods that supports YOUR body.  Each person can have slightly different needs.  What goes into your body will either support it or lead to complications.  Avoid processed foods as much as possible.  In some cases, a diet high in fiber may lead to more problems.  You may need do an elimination diet.
  9. Exercise helps to tone the digestive tract and ease constipation.  It is important to have in average two regular and good bowel movements each day.  Regular elimination of toxins and waste in the body helps promote an ideal environment for the body to heal.
  10. Cleansing and detoxing the body is good healing support for the body and can increase energy.

Paying attention to these 10 steps for good digestive health will help your body and mind to heal and thrive, as they were designed to do.

Do you have any great tips for improving digestive health?  Please share.

Kally Efros

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Please note I am not diagnosing or prescribing.  Check with your health care provider about the best supplements for you and before beginning any exercise program or changing your diet.  The information provided is from my own personal observations and historical data.