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According to Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturophatic doctor and author of The Magnesium Miracle , magnesium is the most important mineral in the body.
Among the many vital functions it performs, it is instrumental in activating enzymes that control digestion, absorption and utilization by the body of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. A deficiency in magnesium is thought to contribute to elevated insulin and glucose levels. Excess insulin not only encourages the body to store unused glucose as fat in the abdominal and other areas, but also blocks the use of stored fat as a source of energy.
Additionally, it is thought that magnesium plays a role in reducing stress and anxiety. Elevated cortisol (the primary "stress hormone") levels are linked to belly fat and inability to lose weight. Hence, a deficiency in magnesium may hamper weight loss efforts.
According to Dr. Dean, two major sources of magnesium depletion in the body are stress and prescription drugs. Drinking too much alcohol, carbonated soda, coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks may also contribute to reduced calcium in the body.
There are a wide variety of magnesium supplements on the market. Before taking a supplement, do your research and/or speak with a qualified healthcare professional.
There are many excellent food sources of magnesium. Many leading holistic health advocates believe that obtaining nutrients from minimally processed whole foods is best and safest.
See: Magnesium Rich Foods for Better Health, Reduced Belly Fat
To learn more about the signs of magnesium deficiency, read Dr. Dean's blog post, Gauging Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms.
You can also listen to Dr. Dean talk about the importance on magnesium on Mercola.com - Magnesium, The Missing Link to Better Health.
Additional information and infographic source: RecoverySpray.com
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