Are You Getting Enough Magnesium in Your Diet?

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Are You Getting Enough Magnesium in Your Diet?

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Magnesium is one of those minerals that we don’t think about all that often, but it plays a vital role in our overall health.  It’s so important that deficiencies can lead to a host of illnesses in addition to adverse effects such as mental impairment, a lack of energy, depressed mood and nerve problems.  Let’s take a closer look at why incorporating magnesium into your diet now, as well as in your stockpile, is so important.

Big Problems at the Worst Time?

One of the biggest worries that many people have is how to deal with illnesses during a prolonged survival situation.  Unfortunately, deficiencies in our vitamin and mineral intake lay the foundation for the development of all sorts of health problems.  Magnesium is one of those minerals that play an integral role in regulating a lot of our bodies functions, and doing without can contribute to unwanted and preventable health problems.

A few that we should be worrying about include recurring bacterial infections, mental and emotional imbalances, high blood pressure along with other cardiovascular problems, and weakness or cramping. These are just a few examples, but there are about a dozen other health problems associated with magnesium deficiency.  This should be reason enough to be consuming adequate amounts now, as well as taking steps to incorporate magnesium into your survival diet 

Remember that we need to be on top of our game, both physically as well as mentally when faced with the stress of a SHTF situation, and keeping on top of our nutrient intake is one of the best things that we can do to prepare. 

Benefits of Magnesium

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One of the biggest benefits that people tend to feel within a day or two of getting magnesium levels stable in their systems include more energy, clarity of thought and emotional well being.  Mood swings become more infrequent, judgment becomes less cloudy, and people often report feeling better all around.  Additionally, magnesium helps to ease the discomfort of sore muscles and stiff joints.

Magnesium can also help to regulate blood pressure and calm nerves, both physical as well as emotional ones.  This can reduce the onset of migraine headaches, ease jitters and soothe anxiety.  Magnesium is also linked with aiding in digestion and the absorption of other nutrients into the bloodstream.  It also helps to regulate sodium and potassium, which needs to be in balance in order to keep the cells properly hydrated. 

Magnesium can also help ease the symptoms of PMS, abdominal cramping and help to improve sleep quality.  All in all, this is one essential nutrient that our bodies need, but unfortunately, the body doesn’t produce or store its own efficiently. 

How Much is Enough

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The good news is that we don’t need all that much magnesium to keep our system in check.  In fact, the  recommended daily dose for an adult male is around 400-450 mg per day whereas women should be taking around 350.  Children need less whereas older adults can benefit from having a bit more, particularly because of the role that magnesium plays in bone health.

The other piece of good news is that magnesium is found in many foods that can be grown or stored over the long-term.  Spinach, almonds, chard, cashews, potatoes, black beans, bananas and broccoli are just a few examples of easy-to-find foods that can be incorporated into your self-sufficiency diet.  You can also find magnesium in supplements, either as a stand-alone tablet or part of a multivitamin. 

Learn more about the importance of magnesium in our diets and how to incorporate them into your survival kits today.  It’s amazing how it only takes a small amount of vitamins and minerals to play a huge role in our overall health, and a little bit of magnesium can go a long way with helping the body to withstand the stresses associated with being self-sufficient during a prolonged crisis.