Nutrition By Darren Often feel bloated, grumpy, weak, anxious, or fatigued? Maybe it’s your Micro-Nutrients like Magnesium or more precisely, your lack thereof…. Macro vs Micro Nutrients Today, I’m going to talk a little about diet. Most of you already know your body requires a certain amount of Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats (more on the optimal balances of these MacroNutrients and how to structure diets for different goals and metabolisms in a blogpost coming soon) to run optimally and if you’ve ever tried to change your Weight, Mood, Strength, State, or Energy levels (either up or down), you’ve likely focused on reducing or increasing one or more of these “MacroNutrients”. The latest Diet and Nutrition information are showing us that what we should be focusing on first are the underlying Micro-Nutrients as they just might hold the key to unlocking the ability to change just about everything about our weight, mood, strength, state, and energy levels. Macro simply means large-scale or large-scope while Micro similarly means small-scale or small-scope and in the realm of Nutrition, Macro usually refers to Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats while Micro usually refers to Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Enzymes, and Probiotics/Prebiotics. Yes, you can have a diet well-balanced on the Macro side while being grossly inadequate and deficient in essential Micro-Nutrients. Why Magnesium? One common (alkaline) mineral that is a vital Micro-Nutrient to your body is Magnesium. It is now estimated that 75-80% of Americans are Magnesium deficient and most of those are completely unaware of what might be silently sabotaging their health. Some major functions that require Magnesium are: Protein synthesis Nerve function Blood sugar control Neurotransmitter release Blood pressure regulation Energy metabolism Production of the major antioxidant Glutathione and Some major health challenges linked to a Magnesium deficiency include: Hormone imbalance and PMS Fibromyalgia Heart Attack Type 2 Diabetes Osteoporosis Constipation Tension or Migraine Headaches Anxiety and Depression Chronic Fatigue Caveat: Magnesium doesn’t show up on a blood test because around 99% of it is stored in your bones so it is often overlooked during diagnoses. How to increase your Magnesium Intake Those of you that have read my blog post describing my first experience with an Epsom Salts Bath HERE already know that Magnesium can be absorbed into the body quite well through the use of Epsom Salts. Check out a quick follow-up on Epsom Salts and Magnesium from none other than the Dr. Oz show in the clips here: http://www.doctoroz.com/article/daily-dose-magnesium and below: http://35to65.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Magnesium-Dr.-Bhatia-on-Epsom-Salt.mp4 Other easy ways to get more life-enhancing Magnesium into your body are to Eat or Drink it in Magnesium Rich foods and beverages like Pumpkin Seeds, Quinoa, Spinach (and other dark leafy greens high in all important chlorophyll-which I’ll be blogging about soon), Chard, Almonds, Cacao (Dark Chocolate), Yogurt or Kefir, Avocados, Figs, Bananas (more than just Potassium-filled), Beans (Kidney and Black), Lentils, and Salmon, and from beverages like Raw Coconut water and Chamomile tea. Marvelous Magnesium- The “Mother” Mineral? Found to be responsible for over 300 biochemical functions in the body, Marvelous Magnesium might well be called the “Mother” Mineral of the human body and as we are coming up to Mother’s Day, I will have another blogpost coming soon about the recent discovery that is really putting this Mother on the map– “The Magnesome”.