Calcium: your guidelines are pretty simple. Keep it above 1,000mg and under 2000 mg a day.
Most people are calcium deficient, particularly those who drop milk from their lifestyles. So if you lactose-intolerant or vegan, the likelihood is that you’re probably not getting enough calcium. But if you’re like me and you love milk, more than words could ever possibly describe, the chances of you need more calcium is slim.
Lucky for you, you’re probably not like me. If you’re concerned you can get a test from your doctor, which will check for hypocalcemia (a fancy way of saying not enough calcium).
It’s also pretty easy to keep a track of how much calcium you’re consuming. A cup of milk has about 290 mg of calcium. Kale has 150 mg per 100 grams, which is about ¾ cup of cooked kale.
Magnesium: magnesium is something you recognise as a metal on the periodic table from high school science. It has no real meaning, and while you know it’s in things, you’re not sure which things those are.
Let me clarify. Magnesium is indeed a metal off the periodic table of elements. It’s also a necessary part of your diet. In fact, it’s something that a huge portion of the population is deficient in (80%!). Magnesium levels can be diminished by: sodas, sugary pastries (doughnuts, cookies), alcohol and even just regular old caffeine.
Magnesium: is related to strong sleeping abilities. It also effects nerve and muscle function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. It also helps generate protein, bone and DNA.
So what’s my point?
The combination of the two is one of those excellent health combinations. In fact, these can be one of the best ways to fight high blood pressure and stubborn belly fat
The trouble is that most people get a ratio of 10:1. Ten times as much calcium as they do magnesium, which can actually prevent magnesium absorption. Leading to muscle failure, fatigue, extreme anxiety, just to name a few.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.
Excess belly fat leads to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cancer.
But utilising the 1:1 ratio can be hard, particularly if you’re not getting enough magnesium, or if the supplements you’re taking are giving you much more calcium than magnesium.
Try the calcium and magnesium supplements from the Eisenstein Center.
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