Out of Balance?

Out of Balance?

 

Your magnesium levels influence a HUGE amount of your bodys' natural functions. One of the 'essential' minerals (meaning there would be no life without it,) magnesium is not something the body can create, but needs to be supplemented. Today I am not talking about tablets or powders-just the topical spray magnesium.

The connection I want to discuss today is how magnesium can affect your balance and nerve function. Studies have indicated that the loss of your sense of balance can have several phases, from twitching and dizziness through to fainting and vertigo. (Naturally, magnesium deficiency is not the only possibility with these symptoms and should they persist you should seek medical attention.)

Balance is not just about whether you can stand on one leg, (although there is a 7 minute yoga balance class after these words.)  It is a pervasive term used for everything from work/life balance to a 'balanced diet' to mental and hormone imbalances. So what, in your life, is out of balance? If you could get back your youthful kinesthetic (bodily) sense of balance, would that help say, your psychological balance? Or looked at the other way around, does losing your sense of balance affect other aspects of your life?  

I believe so.

 

Magnesium and the Mind

Something currently little-known, is the enormous effect magnesium has on cognitive functioning, which means how we think, reason, learn and perceive. 'Brain fog' as well as mild anxiety can be attributed to magnesium deficiency. Recent medical studies have discovered that magnesium protects and rejuvenates brain functioning, even in brains which have experienced traumatic injury. Other studies have found memory improvement  and decreased confusion with increased magnesium.

Signals from the inner-ear affecting balance require magnesium to transmit the neural signals to the brain and the loss or ineffectiveness of these signals cause mild anxiety, nausea and loss of balance. 

 

Magnesium and Falling Over

Falls are the leading cause of all injuries - and also for injury-related deaths for the over 65s. Falls resulting in hip-fractures are now commonplace...and more than half of patients will fracture their hips AGAIN within 6 months of leaving hospital! Many of us know that a fall can lead to other problems.

Don't wait until you fall over to start finding your balance again. I have included a video I recorded this morning to help you regain/maintain balance. It's 7 minutes instead of the normal five in previous videos. I have not had time to edit it so it's at your own risk and..be kind with any comments on Facebook. Have a chair nearby for support. These gentle movements will open the muscles around your thoracic spine. As usual - go very slowly - do not push yourself...and if you can't reach the place where you will need the magnesium (in-between your shoulder-blades) ...find a friend :)

 

Other yoga videos:

Turning your head.

Shoulder and neck releases

 

Medical references:

https://uic.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/assessing-a-gap-in-the-biomedical-literature-magnesium-deficiency

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15572114?dopt=Abstract&holding=npg

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201106/magnesium-and-the-brain-the-original-chill-pill

http://www.nature.com/news/testing-magnesium-s-brain-boosting-effects-1.11665

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18271492

ch have experienced traumatic injury.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4182554/

http://www.mymagnesiumdeficiency.info/my-experience-with-magnesium-deficiency/

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/cognitive+function

http://www.livestrong.com/article/519671-about-magnesium-deficiency-vertigo/

 

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