My Sister the Nutritionist: Magnesium

January 27, 2015

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.

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