Magnesium and Your Health

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Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. If you don’t have enough of it, your body simply cannot function at its best. Insufficient cellular magnesium levels set the stage for deterioration of proper metabolic function that typically snowballs into more significant health problems.

As reported by GreenMedInfo [1] researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, reflecting how important this mineral is to a great many biological processes. For example, magnesium plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes and therefore is important for minimizing damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins.

This important mineral is required by more than 300 different enzymes in your body, which play important roles in the following biochemical processes, many of which are crucial for proper metabolic function:

  • Creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecules of your body
  • Proper formation of bones and teeth
  • Relaxation of blood vessels
  • Action of your heart muscle
  • Promotion of proper bowel function
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels

If you are interested to read more about Magnesium and various conditions:

Thyroid and Magnesium

Diabetes and Magnesium

PCOS and Magnesium

Osteoporosis and Magnesium

Your Best Magnesium Source: REAL Food

Most people can keep their magnesium levels in the therapeutic range without resorting to supplements, simply by eating a varied diet, including plenty of dark-green leafy vegetables. However, it is important to remember that the magnesium content of your foods depends on the richness of magnesium in the soil where they’re grown. GreenMedInfo lists more than 20 foods that are exceptionally high in magnesium, including the following (for the full list, please refer to the original report). All listed portions equate to 100 grams, or just over three ounces:

Seaweed, agar, dried (770 mg)
Spices – basil, dried (422 mg)
Spices – coriander leaf, dried (694 mg)
Flaxseed (392 mg)
Dried pumpkin seeds (535 mg)
Almond butter (303 mg)
Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened (499 mg)
Whey, sweet, dried (176 mg)

Magnesium Supllements

Magnesium citrate — Magnesium citrate is the most popular magnesium supplement, probably because it is inexpensive and easily absorbed. Since citric acid is a mild laxative, magnesium citrate functions as a constipation aid as well as a magnesium source. It is a great choice for individuals with rectal or colon problems but is unsuitable for those with loose bowel movements.

Magnesium taurate — Magnesium taurate is the best choice of magnesium supplement for people with cardiovascular issues, since it is known to prevent arrhythmias and guard the heart from damage caused by heart attacks. Magnesium taurate is easily absorbed (magnesium and taurine stabilize cell membranes together), and it contains no laxative properties.

Magnesium malate — Magnesium malate is a fantastic choice for people suffering from fatigue, since malic acid — a natural fruit acid present in most cells in the body — is a vital component of enzymes that play a key role in ATP synthesis and energy production. Since the ionic bonds of magnesium and malic acid are easily broken, magnesium malate is also highly soluble.

Magnesium glycinate — Magnesium glycinate (magnesium bound with glycine, a non-essential amino acid) is one of the most bioavailable and absorbable forms of magnesium, and also the least likely to induce diarrhea. It is the safest option for correcting a long-term deficiency.

Magnesium oxide — Magnesium oxide is the most common form of magnesium sold in pharmacies, but it is non-chelated and possesses a poor absorption rate.

Of the many forms of Magnesium supplements available today, a newer form called Magnesium Threonate shows particular promise due to its ability to penetrate cell membranes, even those in your brain.

I want to remind you that calcium and magnesium also needs to be balanced with vitamin D and K2. These four nutrients perform an intricate dance together, with one supporting the other.

Suggested Magnesium daily dose between 400-600mg.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr. Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

References:

1. Green Med Info, December 5th 2012 

2. Dr. Dean’s book, The Magnesium Miracle

3. NutritionalMagnesium.org

4. Dr. Mercola

 

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

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Do I have Thyroid Disease

200 million people worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder.

Of the 30 million people above about half are undiagnosed.

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Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormone. These hormones are responsible for the most basic aspects of body function, impacting all major systems of the body.

Thyroid imbalance could be the source of your biggest health problems. But many people don’t realize that their symptoms are frequently caused by a thyroid disorder or imbalance.

Thyroid hormone directly acts on the brain, the G.I. tract, the cardiovascular system, bone metabolism, red blood cell metabolism, gall bladder and liver function, steroid hormone production, glucose metabolism, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, protein metabolism and body temperature regulation. You can think of the thyroid as the central gear in a sophisticated engine. If that gear breaks, the entire engine goes down with it.

Some Key Facts [1]
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of an underachieve thyroid (hypothyroidism). In Europe and the United States it variably affects 2-4 percent of the population, while it occurs more often in women than in men.
• Congenital hypothyroidism: 1 per 3,000 – 4,000 newborns are affected by congenital hypothyroidism in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, (Genetics Home Reference website).
• Thyroid cancer is the 16th most common cancer worldwide (the 8th among women): for example, in 2013, there were an estimated 637,115 people living with thyroid cancer in the US.
• The incidence rate of thyroid cancer has increased by at least 150% since 1970.
– Without realising, symptoms you are experiencing, could be a result of an underlying thyroid disorder.
– 1 in 10 people worldwide will suffer with some form of thyroid disorder. Thyroid Disorders affect more Women than Men!
– If you are unsure, speak to your doctor and request thyroid pathology and a thyroid ultrasound to be sure.

May 25th is World Thyroid Day

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This is a Day that essentially belongs to the people—to thyroid patients, pregnant women, those children exposed to inadequate iodine intake, in a word, to all who suffer from thyroid ailments and deserve a better standard of care.

Listen to my Thyroid Special with Ben Coomber

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Most common thyroid gland problems could be divided into a few groups:

1.Thyroiditis

2. Hypothyroidism

       a. Congenital known as Cretinism

       b. Aquired Hypothyroidism

3. Hyperthyroidism

4. Goiter

5. Autoimmune thyroid disease

        a. Graves disease

        b. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

6. Thyroid cancer

Read in more detail about these problems HERE.

Signs of thyroid problems could take a whole page to fill. A lot of them are very vague or common, like brain fog, weight gain, chills, or hair loss that a lot of people take it as a sign of getting older. Lets take a look at Most hidden signs of thyroid problems.

If you would like to learn more how to diagnose and for tips how to manage your thyroid gland please visit my webpage for lots of additional information.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr.Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

Vilma offers a limited number of free coaching sessions per month in person, over the phone or via Skype. Book a FREE no obligation session with me vilmaswellness@gmail.com and see how I can help and support you to achieve all your Health & Lifestyle goals!

Source:

  1. Thyroid Federation Internatonal

Insomnia, weight gain & premature ageing

Lack of sleep = Stress on the body = Weight Gain, Premature Ageing, Hair Loss, Hormone Imbalances, Infertility and Lowered Immune Function

Bring balance into your life with Matcha Green Tea

A couple tablespoons of coconut oil melted in a cup of herbal tea like matcha green tea per day can help give the body the building blocks to make sleep hormones. Coffee can overstimulate your brain and adrenals, matcha green tea will bring alertness without stimulating effect. It is used by Zen Buddhist monks to stay awake for meditation weeks. The L-theanine in matcha tea creates a sense of relaxation and calm about 30 minutes after ingestion. It stimulates the same alpha waves you activate during meditation. These effects can help counter the jitters that many experience when consuming caffeine. This hit of serenity lasts several hours, with a calm energy rather than a jittery restlessness.

At the same time, those great antioxidants (which are called EGCG by the way), help protect brain cells, keeping them alive and alert and in less danger of cell death. Power up.

Matcha tea and mindfulness go hand in hand. Mindfulness meditation is all about focusing on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment. In today’s hectic and busy lifestyles, finding peace in mindfulness meditation – dedicating a few minutes of the day to “me time” – is becoming increasingly important.

Mindfulness lets us connect with our inner selves and see our true identities. Various research has confirmed that mindful meditation helps manage emotions, can control pain management, lowering stress and help people sleep better.

Matcha Latte

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3/4 cup unsweetened milk of your choice, I prefer coconut
1 teaspoon Matcha tea
Raw honey or green stevia to taste

Warm up milk, add all ingredients to blender and whisk all together on a high speed.

Drink up when stressed out! Drink up when need an energy and concentration boost! Try it before a yoga session too — it seems to make the body relax in all the right ways.

Worldwide Endometriosis Awareness Week

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Thu 3rd Mar – Wed 9th Mar 2016

 
Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March (and beyond) with a mission to raise awareness of a disease which affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide.
 
Endometriosis affects women and occurs when tissue, similar to the lining of the womb (uterus) grows in other areas of the body. This tissue grows mainly in the abdominal cavity. However, unlike a period, the tissue remains within the body and bleeds forming adhesions (scar tissue), lesions and blood-filled cysts.
 
Symptoms of endometriosis include:
  • Infertility has been associated with endometriosis.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea—particularly just prior to or during the period.
  • Frequent menses flow or short menstrual cycle.
  • Heavy or long menstrual periods
  • Mood swings and fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms that mimic irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Pelvic Pain, which may include the following:
  • Painful, sometimes disabling menstrual cramps; pain may get worse over time(progressive pain), also lower back pains linked to the pelvis.
  • Over all Pelvic pain, typically accompanied by lower back pain or abdominal pain.
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding
 
Determined on a case by case basis, traditional treatments for endometriosis include:
  • painkillers
  • drug therapy
  • surgery
  • hormonal treatments
  • hysterectomy
  • surgical removal
 
Natural Help:
For any Natural Help, give your body 1 month to heal for every year you have had a problem.

  • Women with endometriosis are likely to have low blood progesterone levels, progesterone resistance, or a short luteal phase.  What this means is that they may be in a state of relative estrogen dominance and/or they may not be making enough progesterone receptors.  This can cause estrogen levels to rise.  When estrogen levels rise, you get too much tissue building up in the endometrium. Reduce Estrogen producing foods such as Soy products, Pasteurized dairy, and non-organic Meats.
  • For Cramps, massage the heel and ankles (as with Reflexology) with 3-4 drops Basil or Geranium. Can also do a lower abdominal massage using 3-4 drops Basil mixed with 1 teaspoon Carrier oil. Message in a clockwise circular direction on the abdomen and a counter-clockwise direction on the corresponding area of the back.
  • For hormonal balance Clarycalm is great essential oil blend
  • Consider taking supplements to help increase your body’s progesterone levels, such as Vitamin C and Chasteberry.
  • Boost your immune system!  Women with endometriosis may have a suboptimal immune system that fails to clear the lesions.  Try implementing probiotics and fermented foods into your routine and avoid sugar! Aloe Vera gel has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, helps to regulate regulate the immune response and has a broad anti-microbial property. The Aloe stimulates the fibroblasts which produce collagen and elastin, which means they grow faster and heal the damaged areas and membranes. Research has shown that Aloe Vera can increase the rate of healing by about 30%!
Clary Sage can help with homone imbalance. 1-2 drops on inside of ankle, 1x daily.
Eucalyptus radiata can ease inflammation from endotrometriosis.
Lavender helps with cellular regeneration and scar tissue with fibroids.
Cypress helps with circulation.
Frankincense helps with any cancer causing cells…for safety precautions.
Use any of the following recipes to help and to relieve discomfort:
CAUTION: Always conduct a patch test and use Carrier Oil before Implanting Any Essential Oil. Consult your health professional about using additional treatment options.
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Endometriosis can have a devastating effect on quality of life due to its very painful symptoms; it is the biggest cause of infertility in women, and carries a huge personal and societal cost!
 
It is time to raise awareness of a disease that affects women – and their families – in their most (re)productive years!

 

Photo source: endometriosis-uk.org

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

 

7 Easy Tips to Balance your Hormones Naturally

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Hormone issues have increasingly become more of a focus in health discussions because they affect men and women throughout their lives, and keeping hormones balanced should be a health priority.

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

Fatigue
Skin issues
Weight gain
Weight around the middle
Trouble sleeping
Depression or anxiety
Fibroids
Unusual menstrual period patterns
PMS
Endometriosis
Infertility
PCOS or other issues,

then the chances are you that you have a hormone imbalance. This applies to both women and men […]