Welcome to JCOM’s blog featuring thoughts and interests of an Irish DO! I will be writing and sharing information for people on the go to learn a quick weekly lesson. Tune in and expand your knowledge. You are welcome to share this with others. The ideas are many and stem from my 25 years’ experience in practice.
We will start with Magnesium a mineral needed by almost everyone. You can draw a serum or blood magnesium level and it will often be normal because it is the intracellular magnesium that is depleted in most people. Read on and enjoy.
Peace and Love,
CTG: Coleen the Great
PS: Raining here in the mountains of Tennessee. Squirrels are nearby what animals do you see today? Take note!
Magnesium is one of the most deficient minerals in your body. You can measure serum levels as we did in medical school but they are rarely low. What is measurable is an intracellular magnesium level which is low in most people. Intracellular means within the cell. SpectraCell and Genova as well as other labs do Intracellular ion assessments. The down and dirty facts are that they culture your cells and try to grow your cells in media deficient in magnesium (or another ion like zinc, selenium, calcium) and measure whether it grows. If it grows in the media deficient in magnesium you are not deficient in that ion. Of course this is simplifying the technique but you get the gist.
What foods have magnesium in it? Meats, nuts, grains. Not butterfingers, sorry.
If you cannot afford the testing buy a bottle of magnesium glycinate and take 200 mg per night and see if you feel better. Magnesium oxide is a waste of your money unless you are constipated as it does not absorb well from your GI tract…secret meaning…GAS! Magnesium Citrate is what our Mom’s gave us to poop….at least my Mom did. So again good magnesium salts are Glycinate, Aspartate, Citrate. Poor magnesium salts are Oxide.