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Muscle Soreness, Explained

Muscle Soreness, Explained

Commented Jul 11, 2012 at 17:34:43 in Healthy Living

“Calcium causes contraction in skeletal muscle fibers, and magnesium causes relaxation. When there is too much calcium and insufficient magnesium inside a cell, you can get sustained muscle contraction: twitches, spasms, and even convulsions.

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Surprisingly Calcium-Rich Foods That Aren't Milk

Surprisingly Calcium-Rich Foods That Aren't Milk

Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 00:44:15 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for your article. Per Dr. Robert Thompson's and Kathleen Barnes' book on the subject, called "The Calcium Lie":

Excess calcium in the body begins a cascade of negative effects that seriously affect
our health. Blood tests will not diagnose this. It requires a tissue mineral analysis on a hair sample.

When excess calcium is in your body it leads to magnesium deficiency in proportion to calcium and in its need for more magnesium, your body suppresses adrenal function to retain more magnesium to compensate for high calcium, causing a depletion of sodium & potassium inside in your body;
A loss of the sodium and chloride needed to produce stomach acid required to digest protein;
This increases heartburn, digestive disorders, and use of prescription drugs further impeding digestion; AND your body gradually loses its ability to digest protein & absorb essential amino acids - the building blocks of protein.
the sodium depletion leads to failure of the sodium pump, the mechanism our
body uses to get essential amino acids and glucose into our cells, (not fat cells).
Potassium levels decline dramatically leading to thyroid hormone resistance, slowed metabolism; and cells starved for glucose
increased cravings for glucose and minerals leading to more cravings, deficiencies of sodium, potassium, and essential amino acids, and more cravings.
Obesity, heart disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes, anxiety, migraines, depression, hypertension.

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Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 14:21:29 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for the great article Mary, - The commonly agreed-upon ratio of 2:1 calcium to magnesium found in many cal-mag supplements traces back to the French scientist Dr. Jean Durlach,13 who stipulated the 2:1 ratio as an outermost not-to-be-exceeded level when considering calcium intake from all sources (food, water and supplements). This has been largely misunderstood and is taken as a recommendation of a 2:1 calcium-to-magnesium imbalance.

More information about the importance of balancing calcium with magnesium can be found at this non commercial non-profit site;

They also offer a free e-book on the subject.”
Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients?

Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients?

Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 00:31:19 in Healthy Living

“Dear Dr. Cass, Thanks for your informative article.

Carolyn Dean MD, ND, author of numerous books including “The Magnesium Miracle” and Medical Director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association has this additional information to share that I thought you and your readers may find useful.

The amount of magnesium your tissues can readily use is based on the amount of elemental or ionic magnesium that is released. There are several organic salt chelates that are highly absorbable such as magnesium citrate, taurate and malate. Two forms to avoid are magnesium aspartate and glutamate. Aspartate breaks down into the neurotransmitter aspartic acid, which without being bound to other amino acids is neurotoxic. Glutamate also breaks down into the neurotransmitter glutamic acid, which without being bound to other amino acids is also neurotoxic. Both are components of aspartame which should also be avoided.

Magnesium is the anti-stress mineral and is known to alleviate stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia something we all need in these tough and stressful economic times. One of the most absorbable forms of nutritional magnesium is magnesium citrate powder which can be taken with hot or cold water.

For more information contact the Nutritional Magnesium Association