Magnesium the Life Saver

An abundant mineral in the human body, this very important element is often over looked. To maintain healthy heart function and good energy levels, it is important to have optimum magnesium levels. Notice that this is different from RDA (recommended daily allowance) which is the bare minimum for function. It is desirable for the body to have optimum levels for the better health. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of functions helping in the production of energy and cardiovascular regulation (heart and blood vessels).

Another aspect of magnesium’s importance is recent information on the relationship of Vitamin D and magnesium from Dr John Cannell’s newsletter: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org.  Cannell talks about magnesium as a co-agent for Vitamin D. There was a study on children diagnosed with rickets who were not responding to Vitamin D treatment. When tested further, low levels of magnesium were discovered. When these levels were restored to normal, the Vitamin D therapy responded.  Magnesium’s anti-stress properties are not well recognized in medicine or by the public. It has the ability to relax smooth and skeletal muscles which includes the muscles inside blood vessels. That means low levels can be associated with high blood pressure for some. Additionally magnesium works inside cells in enzyme processes and for this fact fatigue can often be corrected by consuming adequate magnesium amounts.

A person eating a processed American diet likely is low in magnesium. The optimum dose each day needs to be more than 400-500mg per day. 1 And not surprisingly, good magnesium levels are found in the vegetable kingdom including beans, nuts and seeds. When taking a multivitamin check to see it has at least 200-300mg of Magnesium. The rest should be obtained in your daily good nutrition.

1 Elson Haas, Staying Health with Nutrition, Berkeley CA, 2008

Ten Americans

TEN AMERICANS

How Safe is the Environment?

There’s a non government watch dog group for chemical safety in America.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) based in Washington DC monitors safety (or the lack of it) of chemicals in our environment. Over the last decade information has been trickling in from various sources about what our bodies are being exposed to daily. Ken Cook president and founder of EWG does research and analysis of our national policy debates dealing with toxic chemicals, pesticides, air and water pollution, and the environmental impacts of modern agriculture
This video (link below) is a compelling and shocking exposure delivered with facts and humor about the state of our exposure.
It is imperative to understand the comprehensive solutions to this serious toxic soup we now find ourselves in. As a health care practitioner I recommend Orenda products with unique formulas that assist in detoxifying at the cellular level and supporting healthy cell function. The cell is truly where health begins and ends. Everyone who owns a computer and does internet searches would be foolish to do so without a comprehensive anti-viral program for protection. The same idea applies to the body. What are you doing to protect and deal with toxic chemical exposures on the cellular level? Even if you do not have an illness it does NOT mean you are safe and healthy.
Link: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4414655/11837407

Proactive health care is now necessary to stay healthy.

Pamela Sky Jeanne ND

Being in Nature

Welcome to Wellness Aging’s  blog launch. We endeavor to offer education and tips to stay healthy in the aging journey.

Today’s tip comes from nature – the greatest healer of all. Taken for granted in this fast pace world being in nature is a great reminder to heed.

“Naturopathic Doctor News and Review” June 2009 contains an article worth mentioning. Could it true that a simple remedy to some of society’s ills can helped by just being in “nature”?  The article’s title “Natural Medicine: The healing effects of exposure to nature.”1 by Dr. Kurt Beil reveals the obvious.

The first example sites a study with college students and their performance on cognitive tests. They performed significantly better in a classroom with a park view rather than a parking lot view. No surprise there.

This next study is the best:

Children diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) were monitored and assessed after playing in one of three settings. 1) Indoor playground. 2) a “built” outdoor playground with asphalt and no greenery, 3) an outdoor playground with grass and trees.

You guessed it – the green and trees helped improve their symptoms significantly.

We innately know how good it feels to be in natural settings and it really helps our general wellbeing.

Sometimes we miss the obvious. To keep healthy and strong there are a lot of remedies, and the best medicine may be just taking the time to be in natural settings. The greener the better. Old family doctors would advise their patient to go the mountains for a rest or reside by the sea to become well.

Where is your nature spot?  Carve out your place and time regularly and you do not need a doctor’s order.

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