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July 29, 2019 - Feeling Hormonal? Check Your Magnesium Levels

Feeling Hormonal? Check Your Magnesium Levels

July 29, 2019 Puzzle Piece
Most Americans are estimated to be magnesium deficient. Dr Marc Harris, in his studies and experience, estimates 80% of patients that come to our offices are deficient enough to cause dysfunction. Magnesium is one of the 24 essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to replenish daily from food intake.
Magnesium is critically necessary to treat all hormonal imbalance issues including PMS, PCOS, thyroid conditions, perimenopause, anxiety, and adrenal fatigue. Magnesium also makes the hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. It is a foundational nutrient for all hormone functions in both men and women. It is involved in more than 300 different enzyme-related reactions in the body’s cells.  That is a conservative estimate.

If you’re deficient, here are a few short-term symptoms that can manifest:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling and muscle cramps
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Damage to nerve cells, which can lead to depression
  • Muscle spasms
  • Poor sleep
Research has found that during moderate activity, people with low magnesium levels, in their muscle, are likely to use more energy and tire far more quickly. Muscle cramps and spasms are partially caused by a greater flow of calcium into nerve cells, which overexcites or hyper stimulates the muscle nerves.  Calcium and Magnesium levels must be in proper balance.
Magnesium helps keep the heart stable. It helps trigger and regulate electrical impulses in the heart. Abnormal heart rhythms can develop due to an electrolyte imbalance tied to low magnesium.
Insomnia is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. People with low magnesium often experience restless sleep, waking frequently during the night. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels often leads to deeper, more sound sleep. Magnesium plays a role in supporting deep, restorative sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep.
Longer-term, chronic magnesium deficiency has been linked to:
  • Heart arrhythmias and heart attack
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney stones
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Inflammation
  • Blood clots
  • Inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel
  • Seizures
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Memory issues
  • Heart disease
It’s a challenge to use blood tests only for low magnesium. Only about 1% of Magnesium is found in your blood. The majority is in your bones and the rest stored in your organs.
What Magnesium Does for You Hormonally:
  • Creates a biological environment in your body that promotes the production of testosterone, estrogen and progesterone
  • Magnesium helps convert the less active T4 thyroid hormone to the more active T3
  • Promotes estrogen balance by helping your liver remove estrogen metabolites
  • Helps you be more relaxed by reducing over-reactivity in your Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) axis
  • Aids production of DHA and HGH during sleep
Causes of Magnesium Deficiency
As stated earlier, most patients that come through your doors are magnesium deficient. Here are the five main reasons why:
  • Poor gut health and indigestion
  • Stress
  • Nutrient-deficient foods/Food processing
  • Medications
  • Aging
So much about our health starts with our gut. Therefore Dr Harris, Doug Grant and Dr Brimhall heavily recommend OHS’s Optimal Flora and Optimal 1 Digestion for every patient. Chronic gut issues caused by incomplete digestion and inflammatory bowel conditions, like gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, can interfere with its ability to absorb magnesium.

Stress depletes hormones and Magnesium. Your body can’t tell the difference between stressing over getting stuck in traffic or being chased by a bear or the IRS. Stress is stress. This leads to low magnesium levels.  Opti-Adrenal, Opti-Methyl B and Brain Tap are helpful antidotes.

Food quality continues to decline, which is another reason we push Digestion 1. It’s also a reason to urge patients to think about Essential Magnesium. Processed foods, overworked soils and poor food choices lead to the inability to replenish magnesium levels.

Synthetic medications--especially birth control and antibiotics—further drain your magnesium levels.  Lastly, aging slows down a lot of things, including your ability to efficiently absorb magnesium. The older you are, the more likely it is you need to supplement with magnesium.
Other causes of magnesium deficiency:
  • Alcohol
  • Kidney issues
  • Fluoride added to tap water
  • Supplementing with synthetic iron and/or zinc
Magnesium is a main main focuse in Upcoming Methylation Seminars
As stated before, blood tests aren’t adequate at detecting magnesium deficiencies. As doctors, we need to take better approaches of evaluation. You can learn how to do that and more in Dr Harris’s upcoming Methylation Seminar from September 20-22 in Las Vegas, NV.
You’ll learn about methylation, get certified in functional testing for methylation problems, and more. AND you’ll be able to apply your new knowledge the very next day.  This is a MUST DO SEMINAR.
Dr. Harris’s Essential Magnesium
As many of you are aware, Marc Harris, MD, ND PhD3 has added his methylation expertise to the supplement world, exclusively through Optimal Health Systems (OHS).  No other company can match the purity, pre-digestion and potency to yield potential life-changing results.
So, if you or your patients are struggling with sleep, weak bones, heart problems or even type 2 diabetes, Essential Magnesium might be the missing puzzle piece stopping them from achieving optimal health. It’s a chelated form and methylated, meaning it’s as bioavailable as it gets.
Dosing: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule three times per day or as directed by a health care provider.
Marc Harris, ND, ND, PhD, PhD, PhD
and John Brimhall, DC, FIAMA, DIBAK Present
Marc Harris, ND, ND, PhD, PhD, PhD
Stem Cell Seminars Methylation Tour
September 6th - 8th Garden City, New York September 20-22 - Las Vegas, NV
November 1st - 3rd Las Vegas, Nevada November 15-17 - San Antonio, TX
Times: Friday: 3pm-7pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 9am-1pm


$1,500.00 Registration Fee per person
$1,250.00 Injections: per Vial if you would like a treatment at the seminar.
Times: Friday: 3pm-7pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 9am-1pm


$395.00 Registration Fee per person which includes a $100.00 Test Kit, all course materials and hands-on education.
To Register Please Call Jason at: (866) 338-4883

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Yours in Health and Wellness,

John W Brimhall, DC, BA, BS, FIAMA, DIBAK
Marc Harris MD, ND, PhD, PhD, PhD
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