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Sleep Benefits of Minerals Doctor Comments Research Studies
Tips for Insomnia Why Take Liquid Minerals?
For some people, the bed time hour can mean blissfully falling into a deep
and rejuvenating slumber and sleeping the whole night through. But for
others, it means yet another encounter with restlessness, sleeplessness,
tension, and waking up during the night.
Are you one of the millions of people who just can't seem to go to sleep?
Do you have trouble staying asleep during the night? Are you tired and
yawning during the day? Are you unable to do the things you want to
because you're just too exhausted?
If any of this describes what you're going through, you may be suffering from
one degree or another of insomnia or a sleep disorder. Insomnia is
defined as "An inability to fall asleep or remain asleep long enough to
feel rested, especially when this problem continues over time."
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SLEEP AID BENEFITS:
Wouldn't it be wonderful to go to sleep and have a restful, deep sleep and
wake up feeling refreshed in the morning? Highly absorbable forms of
calcium and magnesium can be a great, natural option. These are the
best-known minerals for relaxation, and magnesium chloride is a
particularly digestible form.
Magnesium chloride crystals are made from sea water. Separately, both
magnesium and chloride have important functions in keeping us young and
healthy. Chloride combines with hydrogen in the stomach to make
hydrochloric acid, a powerful digestive enzyme that is responsible for the
breakdown of proteins and the stimulation of starch-digesting enzymes.
Magnesium is the mineral of rejuvenation as it prevents the calcification
(hardening by calcium) of our organs and tissues. This calcification is a
characteristic of age-related physical degeneration.
Using other forms of magnesium salts is less advantageous because these
have to be converted into chlorides in the body before they can be digested.
For example, when we take magnesium in the oxide or carbonate form, we
then need to produce additional hydrochloric acid to absorb it.
In 1915, the French surgeon Pierre Delbet, M.D, did several studies with
magnesium chloride and discovered that a variety of health benefits result
from its use - including improved digestion, a stronger immune system,
calmer nervous system, lower blood sugar levels, healthier bones, and
stronger nails and hair. In addition, according to Raul Vergini, M.D, when
magnesium chloride is used for therapeutic purposes, a solution of it in
water is recommended.
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Calcium is directly related to our cycles of sleep. One study found that
calcium levels were higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such
as the rapid eye movement phase.
Of the two to three pounds of calcium contained in the average body, 99% is
located in the bones and teeth. Besides strengthening bones and warding off
osteoporosis, recent studies have reported that adequate calcium also helps
to lower blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and
menopause, and protect against colon cancer.
DOCTOR & NUTRITIONIST COMMENTS:
James F. Balch, M.D., discusses some possible ways to help insomnia in his
book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing". He says: "A lack of the nutrients
calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and
then not be able to return to sleep."
William Sears, M.D. writes: "Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid
tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This
explains why dairy products -- which contain both tryptophan and calcium --
are one of the top sleep-inducing foods."
The well-known nutritionist Adelle Davis writes about the role of calcium in
her book "Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit". She discusses natural alternatives to
help insomnia, and says: "A calcium deficiency often shows itself by
insomnia, another form of an inability to relax. The harm done by sleeping
tablets, to say nothing of the thousands of dollars spent on them, could
largely be avoided if the calcium intake were adequate."
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Studies have proven the minerals magnesium and calcium to be particularly
effective natural sleep remedies.
In a study of more than 200 patients, Dr. W. Davis used magnesium chloride
as a possible means of combating insomnia and sleep disorders. The
researcher reported that sleep was induced rapidly, was uninterrupted, and
waking tiredness disappeared in 99 percent of the patients. In addition,
anxiety and tension diminished during the day. (W.H. Davis and F. Ziady,
"The Role of Magnesium in Sleep," Montreal Symposium, 1976.)
In another study that compared four forms of magnesium preparations, the
results suggested a significantly higher availability and absorption from
magnesium chloride. (Firoz M and Graber M. "Bioavailability of U.S.
commercial magnesium preparation." Magnes Research 2001;14:257-62.)
WHY TAKE LIQUID MINERALS?
Minerals that are fully dissolved in water are many times more potent and
absorbable by the body than dry minerals. The most absorbable form of a
mineral is the ionic mineral. An ionic mineral has a charge, either positive
or negative, which means that the element has either one too many or one
too few electrons. This unstable ionic state allows the element to bond
readily with water, making it possible for the body to easily absorb it. One
study found that water borne magnesium is absorbed 30% better than
magnesium in food.
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TIPS FOR INSOMNIA:
Some good general advice for getting a better night's sleep would be to
reduce caffeine and sugar in the diet, improve the quality of your nutrition
by eating more vegetables, and limit the use of alcohol. Avoid tobacco too
close to bedtime. Do some moderate, regular daily exercise that you enjoy,
such as walking or bicycling. For consistency, try to go to bed at the same
time each night. Keep the bedroom temperature comfortably cool. Use
enough blankets to stay warm.
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periodic leg movement-related insomnia and restless legs syndrome: an
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2. Rude RK. Magnesium deficiency: A cause of heterogeneous disease in
humans. Journal of Bone Mineral Research 1998;13:749-58.
3. Saris NE, Mervaala E, Karppanen H, Khawaja JA, Lewenstam A.
Magnesium: an update on physiological, clinical, and analytical aspects.
Clinica Chimica Acta 2000;294:1-26). (Journal of the American College of
Nutrition, 2002, vol. 21, no. 2).
4. Toxic Substances in Environmental Health: Magnesium and Public Health:
The Impact of Drinking Water. Lowik, M.R.H., Groot, E.H., Binnerts, W.T.
Note: Magnesium supplements should be avoided by those with severe
kidney problems, adrenal weakness or low blood pressure. Consult with
your doctor before using minerals if you are taking any prescription
drugs. It is generally advisable to take any medicines at least two hours
before or after taking minerals.
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