A study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine concludes that magnesium is critical to long life and good health.
Magnesium deficiency triggers such conditions as: anxiety, diabetes, heart disease, and migraines.
Some experts say [over] half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.
Benefits of Magnesium
It is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is present in all bodily tissues. It’s a critical component in bones, muscle and brain. And your cells need it to make energy, stabilize membranes, and help muscles relax.
It can fight depression, fatigue, and even kidney disease. And it’s critical to many essential bodily functions. It has important relationships to heart health. It helps dilate blood vessels, prevents spasms in the heart muscle and blood vessel walls, fights the action of calcium, which increases spasms, helps dissolve blood clots, acts as an antioxidant against free radical formation.
Sources of Magnesium
Good sources include almonds, cashews, walnuts, shrimp, green drinks, and leafy green vegetables.
I do suggest taking a supplement. While the recommended daily amount is about 300 mg a day, most of us get less than 200 mg. Most people could benefit from as much as 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
Another good option is taking Epsom salts. Taking a hot bath in Espom salts (magnesium sulfate) helps reduce stress and allows easy absorption of magnesium.
Magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, and aspartate are the most easy to absorb. Caution against magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide because they are more difficult to absorb.
I you have diabetes, heart disease, or migraines, I also recommend taking the UltraInflamX 360 shakes. These provide magesium and other natural ingredients to decrease inflammation.
Diets high in processed foods, sweets, sugars, baked breads, chips, cookies and pastries all promote inflammation which promotes arthritis. A menu too high in omega-6 fatty acids (soy, safflower, sunflower, corn oils), and trans-fats (hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats) also promote inflammation. Furthermore, diets like the above tend to be too high in calories, upset blood sugar balance and lead to weight gain. Being overweight greatly increases the stress on the low back, hip and knee joints.
Conversely, diets high in relatively unprocessed, low-temperature-cooked (even raw) foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (chia and flaxseed, walnuts, fatty fish, grass fed meats) and high antioxidant foods (fruits, vegetables, beans, herbs, spices and tea) are anti-inflammatory.
There are other nutrients that may promote joint health. Glucosamine and chondroitin are well-known. Gelatin, MSM (a naturally occurring sulfur compound in our diets), vitamin D, folic acid and B12 may play a role as well.
My favorite medical food shake for joint inflammation is UltraInflamX 360 by Metagenics.
The FDA has approved duloxetine hydrochloride (Cymbalta, manufactured by Eli Lilly) an antidepressant, to treat chronic back pain and osteoarthritis pain. The FDA granted the new indication based on results of four double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trails in which patients randomized to duloxetine reported a greater reduction compared with the placebo group.
In addition to its use for treatment of depression, duloxetine is approved for treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, generalized anxiety disorder, and fibromyalgia.
Are you ready for this?: The most common side effects reported in the back pain and osteoarthritis trials were nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, drowsiness, constipation, fatigue, and dizziness. Other serious side effects, which occurred in less than 1% of patients, included liver damage, allergic reactions such as hives, rashes and/or swelling of the face, pneumonia, depressed mood, suicide, and suicidal thoughts and behavior. I have patients who come in with insomnia, drowsiness, constipation, fatigue, and dizziness as there chief complaints – who needs additional side effects.
Here’s my thoughts – try the anti-inflammatory diet, UltraInflamX 360, and fish oils for 12 weeks and feel the improvement without the side effects.
I love helping clients lose weight. I get that it’s difficult, it can cost money to lose weight, but it can sure cost in health dollars to stay overweight. If I could get you to do one thing to start your weight loss journey – it would be cut out the gluten. Gluten intolerance and over-consumption of gluten is a common cause of weight issues.
I’m not saying everyone has Celiac Disease (CD), which is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with nutritional absorption, and it can result in unexplained weight gain. These people cannot tolerate gluten, period.
Gluten is a binding protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Most commonly, gluten is found in food products, but Gluten may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and cosmetic products. It’s best to avoid gluten altogether if you have sensitivity of any sort, but fortunately, there are digestive enzymes devoted to helping people digest gluten and therefore, suffer fewer consequences from ingestion.
What I have seen in 28 years of practice is that many people are sensitive to Gluten. This sensitivity to gluten can vary from subclinical-mild in severity to overwhelming-devastating. In its’ severest form, it is known as Celiac Sprue, Celiac Disease (CD), non-tropical Sprue, and less commonly as Gee-Herter Disease, Gee-Thaysen Disease or Heubner-Herter Disease.
Misdiagnosed as ‘irritable bowel disease,’ CD is a life-long complaint. Here’s what you might notice if gluten is a problem for you…diarrhea, cramping, bloating, precipitated by pizza, spaghetti, bread, or difficulty losing weight. Some patients present with skin rash, red shin, eczema-like symptoms.
Other Signs and Symptoms Include:
unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
fatigue, depression, anhedonia, anxiety
arthritic bone or joint pain
bone loss, osteopenia, or osteoporosis
tingling numbness in the extremities
seizures, depression, bipolar disorder
canker sores in the mouth
The most common complaints are dyspepsia, bloating and abdominal uneasiness.
I like to see clients try to eliminate gluten fron there diet for at least a 3 week period.
To find out if you really have a gluten problem, you can get blood tested – serum anti-body tests for IgG, IgA, IgE and tTG IgA and tTG IgE are useful (but the derived information is sometimes confusing). The blood needs to be drawn early in the morning.
Avoid Gluten in the diet for 3 weeks. This means avoidance of most processed foods, and nearly all grains.
Gluten is widely used as a binder in medicines, supplements and in many cosmetic products.
It takes a good bit of research to identify sources of Gluten in the ingestible environment, and it takes but a single slip to cause a patient to go into a gastrointestinal crisis.
1. CLA- Conjugated Linoleic Acid. When taken 1,000 mg two or three times daily, CLA will act as a topical anti-inflammatory for the GI tract. Taking a week or two, symptomatic relief can be dramatic
2. Ultra-InflamX 360 – This medical food shake is useful to settle an inflamed GI tract. Take 2 scoops in water, juice or almond or rice milk once or twice daily; the bloating symptoms often abate within a week. It should be taken for several weeks, consistently, then periodically as symptoms dictate.
3. LactoFlamX – One or two capsules taken daily helps support healthy intestinal mucosal barrier integrity and function.
These supplements are an inexpensive way to control the difficult weight loss problem.
Other general supplementation should include:
Mineral chelate (organic mineral salts)
Essential Fatty Acids & Oils
Amino Acid/protein supplementation
Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Vitamin D-3 (dosage dictated by age and condition)
These supplements are sold on my website by linking to Metagenics.
I know Metagenics costs a little more but it’s important to consider the quality of your supplements, as well as the foods you eat.
Gluten is a toxin to some people, and they feel better after a few months of going gluten free. If you are sensitive, gluten can raise your TPO antibodies (causing Hashimotos thyroid disease). Gluten is basically a food additive, and most people associate gluten with Celiac disease (an autoimmune condition) and with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or Crohn’s, colitis and other digestive disorders.
Gluten doesn’t have to upset your stomach, sometimes it just damages your brain and central nervous system and you have no GI symptoms at all. Other common symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity:
Depression. Brain fog – it can cause cerebral hypoperfusion (lowered blood flow to the brain). Confusion. Lethargy. Mood problems. Some people that think they have neuropathies related to multiple sclerosis or Parkinsons, or ALS, and all these may actually be gluten intolerance. Weight gain. Gas. Bloating. Lack of energy. Headaches.
Going gluten-free can cure a person of many problems. I expect you to do well as long as you use the UltraInflamX 360 & LactoFlamX with the food plan I layed out. Don’t forget to order UltraInflamX 360 & LactoFlamX from www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com
Gluten is a protein contained in many grains, including wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It is even found in more unusual grains, such as spelt and kamut. Gluten is also found in beer. Wheat or gluten intolerance can cause gastric complaints like bloating and excess gas. Some chronic illnesses may be triggered by gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and the extreme form of wheat allergy called celiac disease.
The problem is that gluten sensitivity creates inflammation in the entire body, beginning in the gut. It is a form of autoimmune disease. Celiac disease, the chronic and most severe type of gluten intolerance, affects one in a hundred people. Less severe symptoms of gluten allergy or gluten sensitivity may affect as much as one third of the US population.
If you suffer from irritable bowel disease, canker sores, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, anemia, cancer, autoimmune disease, MS, unexplained neurological problems, depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, nerve damage, migraines, epilepsy, and autism I will often recommend going gluten free. In addition to grains, gluten can be hidden in products such as soups, salad dressings, and even vitamins, stamps, and cosmetics. I also often recommend UltraInflamX and Probiotics by Metagenics to help heal the gut and decrease the overall inflammation in the body.
For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.
Ginger has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects and decrease pain. Cooking with ginger is one way to increase your intake. Another way to benefit from the pain-relieving effects is to make a shake with UltraInflamX 360.
UltraInflamX® Plus 360° is a medical food made by Metagenics formulated to provide specialized nutritional support—including reduced iso-alpha acids (RIAA, from hops), L-glutamine, and easily digestible rice protein. UltraInflamX includes ginger and rosemary. It also provides turmeric extract, which has been shown in research to inhibit the activities of a wide variety of enzymes, cytokines, eicosanoids, and reactive species implicated in pain and inflammation.
Another recommendation to help decrease pain is to increase EPA-DHA consumption (Omega 3 fish oils). I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by Metagneics.