Magnesium A Natural Way To Treat Constipation Insomnia and Muscle Tension
Magnesium is essential to life, period. Itjust is. It's one of the most prevalent minerals in the body. It's involved in over300 metabolic pathways in the body. You're never going to get adequate magnesium in amultivitamin. Magnesium is found in dark, leafy greens. Almonds are a really good sourceof magnesium. I have my patients supplement with magnesium because so many of the issuesthat I see are magnesiumrelated. Magnesium deficiency can cause leg cramps and migraines.Insomnia from a lack of magnesium is a really common problem. Muscle tension can be causedby lack of magnesium and lots of my patients have muscle tension. They're just workingtoo hard. Magnesium will help with all of
those things. So I really like Natural Calmbrand. This is available everywhere such as Whole Foods and other health food stores.Natural Calm magnesium is so easy because the one thing about magnesium is it's kindof a large molecule, so sometimes to get a good dose of pills, you kind of have to takelike, three or four pills and nobody likes takingâ€¦ I mean, some people are just pillpeople, and that's totally fine, but most of my patients are like, â€œNo more pills.â€�It's like, they totally are just, â€œNo more pills.â€� With Natural Calm magnesiumI have my patients do about a teaspoon in water before bed, and they just kind of worktheir way up in dosage. There are different
flavors. I think the raspberry lemonade tastesbetter. It kind of makes a little fizzy drink, but you could make it as a tea as well. Thisis just magnesium citrate. Some people are a little bit sensitive to magnesium if theytend towards diarrhea; if their stools are looser, magnesium can really accelerate that.On the flip side, if a person has had chronic constipation issues, this is typically theirMecca. And the other thing to say is that magnesium can drop blood pressure, so peoplewho are already really hypotensive, careful with taking too much at once. You really justwant to kind of break up your doses throughout the day, and you can add sea salt to the dietto kind of bring up the blood pressure if
the blood pressure's too low. But I thinkthat magnesium is really wonderful. The only other place to really caution with magnesiumis if people have kidney damage. It's actually really helpful for kidney stones, but if peoplehave kidney damage, like they're on dialysis, that is a place where they would need to checkwith their physician, but otherwise, I love magnesium across the board. You had a questionon magnesium. So her comment was that she had heard all of the beneficial health thingsabout magnesium, but she was also told that it really helps just keep the colon clean,and it does. I mean, if you dose up with magnesium the same way as if you dose up with vitaminC, you will really promote a looser stool.
The higher up you go, you will just see adirect effect, so it does help you clean out constantly. So in terms of a gentle detoxon a regular basis, magnesium will keep your bowels moving. Depending on your body typeI recommend taking 400 milligrams to 1,000 milligrams of magnesium per day. Start witha teaspoon of Natural Calm magnesium. Make sure you tolerate that, and then just workyour way up. So basically start with 150 milligrams and just kind of inch your way up and makesure you're tolerating the amount without diarrhea. Most of my patients take 600 milligramseasily in a sitting, but it's better to kind of start slow and work your way up.
Trouble in Bed When Sleep Turns Against Us
Say you've been napping, like between classes, or after a long night out, or, I don't know, after broadcasting on YouTube for 48 straight hours to raise money for charity. Now, imagine you waking up, and suddenly you discover that you can't move. You want to speak, but you can't; you're mind is acutely aware of what's happening, but you are powerless to get your body to do anything. It may last a few seconds, it may last a few minutes, in rare cases it can last more than an hour it's called Sleep Paralysis and you might not have to imagine it
because up to 40% of us have experienced this sleep disorder at some point in our lives. I am one of them. We don't like to think about the bad things that can go on while we're in dreamland just as we hate the disorders that keep us from even falling asleep Hello, Insomnia. But even though we've talked a lot on this show about the science of sleep Why we need it Why we dream
and where dreams come from. There is a whole other polymorphously messed up realm of human biology that explains what happens when sleeps turns against us. We can't turn our brains off. We forget to breathe. We have waking hallucinations. Some of us even walk, eat, run, and have entire conversations when we're asleep. The halfasleep brain is a crazy place
and once you understand it, you may never see the back of your eyelids the same way again. (intro music) When most people think of the things that cramp our sleep style they think, Insomnia. But defining, diagnosing, and treating this most common sleep disorder can be tricky. In fact, for a long time, most scientists considered insomnia to be a symptom of another problem like depression, anxiety, asthma, stress, substance abuse, a traumatic injury even jetlag Though, today, insomnia is considered by many to be a chronic disease of its own
that interacts with other medical conditions So, if you've ever had prolonged trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep but you don't have any other health issues then s would probably say that you have Primary Insomnia. If you do have something else going on, like a physical or psychological condition then you've got Secondary Insomnia. And most cases of Secondary Insomnia are chronic meaning it lasts for more than a month.
There are also cases of Acute or shortterm Insomnia which is usually triggered by stress or some specific life event Whatever the cause scientists believe these Insomnias are the result of the simple but eternal struggle between arousal and sleepiness. More and more research is suggesting that a condition known as HyperArousal where the nervous system remains in a constant state of alert may be the main reason for chronic insomnia.
Insomnia Webinar Causes and Beating Insomnia Naturally
Okay, well, welcome, everyone. This is Nik Hedberg, and tonight we're talking about sleep disorders. And this one of my favoritetopics, just because it's something that I encounter a lot in practice. Many, many peoplehave issues with sleep, many chronically people. And it's really one of those fundamental thingsthat it's just very difficult to help someone get healthy when they're not getting a goodnight's sleep. Sleep is when your body repairs itself; it'swhen your body releases the greatest amount of growth hormone; it's when a lot of yourneurotransmitters in the brain, like serotonin, dopamine, etc. are restored and regeneratedwhile you're sleeping. Sleeping, of course,
reduces stress, and it's definitely becominga bigger and bigger problem in today's society for a variety of reasons. So tonight we're going to talk about threedifferent types of sleep disorders that we see. People can have one of these types, orthey can have a mixed type. But we have pretty good success getting people to sleep oncewe figure out what kind of type they are and what they do well on. Then, of course, theunderlying cause. So, these are really the main things thatreally cause sleep disruption, stress is obviously going to be number one. Stress raises cortisollevels, and then cortisol, when it's high,
that will prevent you from sleeping. And thenof course caffeine, coffee, black tea, chocolate, things like that. Caffeine, of course, stimulatesthe thyroid and the adrenal glands, giving you a false sense of energy. But there isa price to pay when you do consume caffeine for energy. Sugar and of course poor dietary choices,blood sugar imbalances. And one of the things that happens when you sleep is you're actuallyin a fasting state, a very long fast, up to six to eight hours on average. And so whenyou're fasting, your body has to maintain a stable blood sugar level, and if you'rebody is not able to do that, that's mainly
regulated by the liver, the pancreas and theadrenal glands. If you're body is not able to do that, regulate blood sugar while you'reasleep, that can wake you up. We'll talk a little bit more about that later. Light in the bedroom, and that can be anything,like from a clock radio, street lights coming in, computer lights, things like that, anykind of light. Even though your eyes are closed, the brain still picks up on light in the room,and that will disrupt your sleep. Lack of exercise, chronic infections, food sensitivities.Really the big food sensitivities are going to be gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
A magnesium deficiency, because magnesiumhas an overall calming effect on the nervous system, the brain and the muscular system.Just kind of relaxes everything. And television, watching television in bed,watching violence or traumatic movies or shows before bed, all of these things can contributeto sleep disruption. You would also want to add in there sex hormoneimbalances, especially in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. When progesteronelevels begin to drop, that can make it more difficult to get a good night's sleep. So let's begin with the Type 1 sleep disorder.This is going to be the most common type of
sleep disorder out there. This is mainly aserotonin or melatonin deficiency. So melatonin is the hormone produced in the brain thatreally puts you to sleep. Serotonin is the precursor to melatonin. The reason that people become depleted inserotonin and melatonin is basically due to chronic inflammation. So it's matter of figuringout where the inflammation is coming from. This can be genetic, these people tend tobe the worrier, always worrying about things, and these people will typically either havedifficulty falling asleep, and or staying asleep.