The Natural Way: A healthy balance
In our nutty system which often pits
medications/science against nutritional
supplements the bias supporting medicine
is usually given top dog status.
Dire warnings abound that if you do
this drug or that, then these supplements
will interfere causing harm. Rarely, is there a balanced
approach. Suppose the prescription medication bias with
huge amounts of corporate money backing it is entirely
Suppose the prescription drug is actually interfering with
the absorption of the nutritional supplement. Suppose, it is
well established that prescribed drugs often and commonly
create new ailments by causing vitamin and mineral deficits...
what would you do? Think about this as this is more
often the case than we can imagine.
Consider the mineral magnesium. This all natural gift
is used in thousands of body processes each and every day.
We simply have to have enough in our systems to avoid
short term or long term illnesses due to deficit. Did you
know prescribed diuretics, blood pressure medications and
statin drugs interfere with the benefits of magnesium. Other
drugs do, too. Did you know, in fact magnesium can lower
blood pressure along with reducing cholesterol as well as
helping reduce atrial fibrillation, migraines, reducing calcium
overload, helping muscle function, relaxing the body,
improve breathing for asthma, reducing constipation... the
list is very long. Of course, if you take prescribed drugs
and have symptoms, youíll likely be prescribed more prescribed
drugs. This sets up a vicious circle doesnít it?
Blood testing can be done to measure magnesium levels
but are likely to be imprecise at best in terms of measuring
your need. You see a blood test just shows how much is in
your blood but not in the tissues where it is needed. Additionally,
it is thought that drugs processed through the liver
may elevate amounts of magnesium in the blood as the
body dumps stores in order to detox from the very effects
of the drug.
What to do? First emphasize eating anything green
like chard and kale adding nuts and beans to the recipe.
If youíre using prescribed drugs Iíd add 300-450 chelated
magnesium each day. Remember, magnesium is required
for a long list of body processes yet we donít get enough
in our diet. Making this worse is that prescribed drugs like
heart medicines, and others, decrease absorption of this
very needed mineral. I like the chelated type and take 2
tablets daily. Supplement formulas typically named Blood
Pressure Support have enough magnesium for most people.
Be aware your blood pressure (BP) may drop so keep
a log of home measurements. If it was me then as my BP
drops Iíd start reducing my BP meds. Keep your doctor
informed and keep him/her as your health partner.