PURICA Effervescent Magnesium Glycine
Magnesium is truly a miraculous mineral and essential to our well being. Yet Health Canada reports that over 42 per cent of Canadians are deficient in this mineral. Calcium directly opposes magnesium within the body and a high intake of calcium—relative to magnesium— can throw off the delicate balance. This can lead to conditions such as:
∞ Increased stress
∞ Muscle cramps/pain
∞ Heart palpitations
∞ Elevated blood pressure
∞ High cholesterol
∞ Migraine headaches
∞ Kidney stones/gall stones
∞ Nerve problems
∞ Hormonal imbalance
∞ Difficulty falling asleep
A number of commonly-used drugs can cause the body to become magnesium deficient. These include most diuretics, bronchodilators used for asthma, insulin, corticosteroids, nicotine and birth control pills. Since magnesium plays an important role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, it is particularly helpful for athletes and other physically active people, helping to improve performance and reduce muscle aches.
Purica® Effervescent Magnesium Glycine is a delicious Raspberry or Lemon/Lime drink that will ensure you obtain the optimum daily dose of this vital mineral.
BY TAWNYA RITCO, RHN
Is feeling anxious, nervous, or irritated – or all three! — becoming your new norm? If so, you’re not alone. These feelings are shared by many of us today as we’re bombarded by digital connections in all aspects of our lives, not to mention additional professional, personal and environmental stressors.
Research suggests that stress is among the factors contributing to mineral and vitamin deficiencies. These deficiencies in turn are believed to be among the key underlying causes of anxiety and other health problems, including heart conditions. The relationship between essential minerals and good health is one that has been recognized for decades. What is new is the science that we have around just how important many of these minerals are to fundamental body processes and key organs.
Among those to get considerably more attention in recent years is magnesium, which is crucial for the normal function of our cells, nerves, muscles, bones and heart. In fact, magnesium is a co-factor in over 300 enzymatic processes in the body. Yet over 40 percent of Canadians are deficient. That’s two in every five of us! When we lack essential vitamins or minerals, it can throw us off balance. This is especially true with chronic magnesium deficiency. Unlike trace minerals, magnesium is a macro mineral that your body needs significant amounts of. Your health literally depends on it.
In an ideal world, we would get everything we need from a balanced, nutritious diet. While incorporating magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens and unrefined whole grains is a smart idea, many of us are still falling short. The soil is the foundation for the nutrients we consume, but sadly it is often depleted of minerals; which in turn makes it difficult for us to take in adequate levels of magnesium. As we mentioned off the top, another factor impacting our magnesium levels is chronic stress. When we are stressed, adrenaline kicks in and triggers several metabolic processes. They in turn deplete the magnesium supplies in our body. The lower your magnesium level, the more reactive to stress we become. It’s a vicious circle.
Magnesium is central to the development and maintenance of our bones and teeth. It is essential for regulating our muscle functions and contractions, blood pressure, nerve transmission and helps us metabolize our food. Adequate levels of magnesium allow our body to naturally produce enough serotonin to maintain balanced mental function. Serotonin is a key factor in regulating our mood, appetite and sleep as well as cognitive functions such as memory and learning. Significantly, magnesium has also been used intravenously in hospital settings to reduce the risk of death after an acute heart attack as well as for acute asthma. Yet this only touches on some of the higher profile roles magnesium plays; it is that important.
So given how mightily important magnesium is, it’s equally important to know if you are magnesium deficient. Yet how can we know? Your healthcare practitioner is always the go-to to confirm such concerns, although you can look for the signs of magnesium deficiency. They could include symptoms such as nervousness, muscle cramps, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, chest pain, impaired memory, dizziness, confusion, anger, muscle weakness and abnormal heart rhythm to name a few. These symptoms can mirror other conditions, so checking in with your healthcare practitioner is always recommended.
The bottom line is that magnesium is one of the most essential minerals in our body and low levels of magnesium over protracted periods of time can have a serious negative impact on our overall health. That’s why many people supplement to ensure they obtain optimal levels. For adults, that is supplementing with 350g daily. On this front, I recommend one teaspoon daily of PURICA Effervescent Magnesium Glycine as it is a highly absorbable form of magnesium. It dissolves completely in water and is gentle on the stomach. The bonus is that it tastes delicious!
It’s a good way to ensure you have sufficient access to the “Mighty Magnesium”, which your health depends on, across so many different body functions and processes.
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When heading out to party this weekend – consider taking a few supplements along with you to ease the suffering later in the evening and the next morning:
Our Staff Fav is Party Smart by Himalaya. All of us who like to enjoy a drink or two have tried it (including at our staff Christmas Party) and we LOVE it! All you need is 1 – 2 pills during your festivities and you wake up feeling great! If you’re a smaller person (150lb or less) one pill is typically enough, however if you’re a bit larger, or you’re really enjoying your drinks – another pill at bedtime helps!
Party Smart is a blend of herbs that cause the by-product of alcohol metabolism to be easily flushed by the body, thus avoiding the awful hang over symptoms we’re all trying to avoid at this time of year! Perfectly safe and fine to take along with any medications. Plus – it’s totally affordable! Pop in a grab one for New Year’s – we’re open until 6:30 New Year’s Eve this year.
Digestive Enzymes are another life saver – none of us leave the house without them! If you plan on over indulging a basic digestive enzyme will help your body break down all that extra food! If you are vegetarian, there are enzyme specifically for you, too. If you are gluten intolerant – and you can’t be sure of the foods you’re going to be eating at a party GlutenEase is a staff favourite. And if you’re lactose intolerant, and you’re not positive what’s in that baked good, Lactase is a life saver!
Digestive enzymes help prevent bloating, discomfort, gas, and that awful heavy exhausted feeling you get from eating too much. They’re lifesavers at a party!
Probiotics are a great way to help digestion along as well – make sure you take a double dose at bedtime to prevent constipation and support strong digestion overnight (and even help with nausea if you’ve drunk a little too much!)
Magnesium is a great hangover cure too! Lisa always takes 2 New Roots Herbal Magnesium Bisglycinate pills before bed after drinking to prevent that awful pulsing headache that goes along with hang overs!
Be safe everyone and have a Happy New Year!!!
It is estimated by experts that 90% of North Americans are extremely deficient in minerals and trace minerals. This is due in a large part to mineral depletion in the soil from aggressive farming and soil erosion. It goes without saying, without adequate minerals in the soil, there will not be enough minerals in our food.
This is a huge problem considering the importance minerals play in our bodies.
Our bodies are complex systems of electrical charges and impulses that require minerals and trace minerals for optimal health.
The body uses minerals for building strong bones & teeth, for blood, skin & hair, nerve function, for muscle contraction and relaxation. Even minerals are needed for metabolic processes such as turning food into energy.
Since we can no longer look to our food to provide us with enough minerals for general health; we need to supplement and we can look to sea water as a natural source.
ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops is a 100% natural mineral concentrate with 72 naturally occurring ionic trace minerals from the Great Salt Lake, with 99% sodium removed through solar evaporation.
What’s important to note is that ConcenTrace® isn’t actually something that’s made, it has been given to us by Mother Nature and found in the inland seawaters of the Great Salt Lakes.
Taking ConcenTrace® every day ensures you’re getting a full spectrum of ionic trace minerals, which are bioavailable ionic trace minerals just like those found in foods. Since its 100% natural; our bodies intrinsically know what to do with it.
ConcenTrace® can be used for bone & joint health, to balance pH in the body, to nourish hair & nails from within, to normalize bowel function, for circulatory health and to enhance the absorption of vitamins and has many other uses.
ConcenTrace® has a GRAS rating, is NON GMO and can safely be given to pets, children & even plants.
By Amber Allen
Epsom Gel is a synergistic blend of mineral infused oils and essentials oils that are non-irritating and gentle on the skin. This water based formula relaxes and soothes sore and tired muscles, and can be applied repeatedly throughout the day. Athletes are using it pre and post competition with excellent success. Vegan and free from any synthetic preservatives, conditioners, parabens and methyl salicylate. Try some today.