As I mention in every free Dinner Seminar – at Truecare Wellness we follow the concept of Functional Medicine. For those of you unfamiliar with that term- if you had a stone in your shoe and your foot hurt every time you stepped – would you take a pain suppressing drug? I am hoping that the majority of you would elect to remove the stone, not just suppress the pain symptoms. That’s what we do in Functional Medicine – we address the root cause of the pain or disease (dis-ease) – we remove the stone.
For example, when you take a prescription for hypertension, are you covering up the symptoms or addressing the CAUSE of your hypertension? If you stop taking your medication what happens to your blood pressure, it goes back up again doesn’t it?
The root cause of high blood pressure in adults is often unclear. Certain conditions, like diabetes, increase the chances of developing high blood pressure. Unhealthy lifestyle can also put you at a greater risk for developing hypertension. Research now indicates that magnesium deficiency can also contribute to the development of high blood pressure.
Magnesium keeps blood pressure down by aiding blood vessel relaxation and dilation. Magnesium is a cofactors required for hundreds of reactions throughout the body. For example, stress is a physiological risk factor that leads to elevated blood pressure. Magnesium reduces the hormones released in response to stress. Magnesium deficiency has also been tied to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. This further contributes to blood vessel wall damage and the progression of atherosclerosis.
Magnesium deficiency is increasing common. Some of these factors include poor dietary intake, medications, especially drugs for acid reflux (both over the counter and prescription). Some blood pressure medications and antibiotics can contribute to magnesium deficiency, too.
We have some great supplement options and can advise food sources for magnesium. Please feel free to register for an upcoming free dinner seminar or a free webinar video on more information on Functional Medicine.