Low Magnesium & chronic low back pain!

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A recent study concluded that increasing your Magnesium intake may reduce pain and improve mobility in people suffering from chronic lower back and nerve pain!

Magnesium is a mineral that is vital for more than 300 enzymatic processes in the body.  It plays a role in everything from muscle movements to hormone production.

This mineral plays a huge role in how our muscles contract and relax.  It is the underappreciated mineral which moves sugar into the muscles and disposes of lactic acid.  It is also thought to play a role in sleep by improving sleep quality.

In addition to muscle spasms people with low Magnesium levels complain about muscle pain.  This mineral also plays a part in how we feel pain in general.  It is one of the controls within the central nervous system.  A lack of this mineral causes us to experience pain not because there is something causing physical pain but because our pain receptors are not responding correctly.

People with low Magnesium levels are on the rise, possibly due to the fact is simply isn’t available in the quantities that it used to be.  The body can’t make this particular mineral so we have to obtain it from the foods we eat.  Fresh produce used to provide us with all our bodies needed, however, our soils have been leeched of this vital mineral.

Our love of carbonated drinks, which bind with Magnesium in the digestive tract also help to eliminate most of what we actually consume!

Foods rich in Magnesium include:-

Green leafy vegetables – spinach, kale

Fruit – figs, avocado, banana, raspberries

Nuts & Seeds

Legumes – black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans

Vegetables – peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, artichokes, asparagus, brussel sprouts

Seafood – salmon, mackerel, tuna

Whole grains – brown rice, oats

Raw cacao – cocoa beans

Dark chocolate

Tofu

Baked beans

It is always best to obtain important vitamins and minerals through your diet.  If you want to maximise your health, loading up on plenty of plant foods is the simplest way to get Magnesium into your diet.

You can of course, increase your Magnesium intake by taking supplements, but it is best to talk to your G.P. first as there are certain medical conditions and prescription drugs that make taking supplements inadvisable.  Also excessive supplementation can lead to diarrhoea, nausea and stomach upsets.

Should you require any further information or would like to speak to a member of our team, then please contact us on: Luton 01582 579687 or Hitchin 01462 420077, alternatively e-mail us on: luton@healesclinics.com or hitchin@healesclinics.com

 

 

 


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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