Although not given much attention in the media, magnesium is the fourth most abundant cation (positively charged molecule) in the body!
Magnesium’s role in the body is primarily regulatory. It participates in more than 300 types of enzyme-mediated reactions in the body! Specifically it has a role in breaking down carbohydrates and fat, forming proteins and antioxidants, the creation of DNA and regulating cholesterol production. Magnesium is also essential for the production of cellular energy. Without cellular energy, regular daily functions in the body would quickly halt!
So, you are probably wondering: What is magnesium’s role in my deodorant? At the skin layer, magnesium functions to create a more alkaline environment that inhibits bacterial growth, leading to less odor. It rapidly heals and soothes skin, preventing redness, itching and irritation. We can also absorb magnesium through the skin in order to reap its many benefits mentioned above.
Are you getting enough magnesium? This mineral enters our diet mostly from plant foods like spinach, beans, nuts, seeds and brown rice. However, a deficiency is often common and includes symptoms like fatigue, weakness, anxiety, and irritability.
It is important to understand that magnesium absorption is affected by more than just your consumption of magnesium rich sources. Factors such as drinking carbonated beverages, eating refined sugars, or consuming caffeine or alcohol on a regular basis increase magnesium excretion from your body. Additionally, calcium supplementation can have negative effects on magnesium levels.
With that being said, be sure to find a balanced diet to assure your magnesium levels are where they need to be.
This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.
It's been 75 years since President Roosevelt enacted the executive order which allowed the U.S. military to exclude any and all persons from an area after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although no single racial or ethnic group was mentioned in the order, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and moved into camps.
I recently interviewed my grandfather about what life was like as a Japanese-American post World War II. I hoped to gain insight into a part of my heritage which I’ll never experience first hand but am saddened by. It's impossible not to see parallels being drawn between the recent travel ban and past U.S. anti-Asian policies. I can't help but feel anxiety for how the current administration seems to be playing to the fears of a bigoted populism and what can be done to counter it.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.