Years ago when I first learned about how the USDA’s food pyramid guidelines were created based on making money for certain types of crops and not based on optimal health for the American people, I was furious. Good nutrition is actually pretty simple but public nutrition policy is heavily dictated by a corporate agenda to maximize profits. I heard those words and my jaw dropped. It was the first time I fully understood the statement – Question what you are told.
Yes, that’s right. My vegan friend ate meat. I’ll also tell you that as a result of the same experience, I went from a meat eater to a vegan (I ate a vegan diet for 2 years but I don’t anymore). You might be thinking, how could two people go through the same experience and end up with complete opposite results?
In September of 2007, I walked into my first nutrition class at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York’s Columbus Circle, and when I left my view of diet, health, spirituality, and life had completely changed.
Back to my story… In the first class weekend I met a lot of people and made fast friends with many of them. One of the people I met was a vegan, and was very dedicated to it, as most vegans are.
The interesting thing about nutrition is that there are many theories and diets that work wonders for some people but can also cause a complete disaster for others. Sometimes nutrition theories become popular due to some (weight loss) success stories and turn into fads that can last decades. The low-fat craze is the nutrition myth that sticks out most in my memory. Most people know now that low-fat is not necessarily a good thing. Many food products are a result of nutrition fads and popular theories and most of the time these food products really aren’t healthy. Food companies come up with some pretty convincing points in their marketing but most of them don’t make much sense in reality.
When I’m out and about in the world and I hear people say they trying to be “good” and eat healthy food, it kills me to see what they think is a “healthy” food. I see them suffer through eating some horrible food creation because they think it is good for them but most of the time it is a nutrition myth or a result of misinformation given through a (Monsanto) marketing campaign.
These are some foods I often hear people say they are eating when they are trying to be “good,” that shouldn’t be a part of anyone’s diet at all.
New Year’s Eve isn’t even here yet and I’m already starting to put effort towards my 2015 goals. In fact, I’ve been working on my goals and plans for a couple of months now. 2015 is going to be a good year.
When I first started working on my health 7 years ago, my new years’ resolutions were usually health related. One year it was to quit dairy, one year it was no more sugar, and one year it was cutting the cord on my caffeine habit. These days my goals are more business related because my health is in a good place (except my reoccurring goal of getting in some more yoga).
Rewind back to January of 2014 — you likely made plans back then for yourself. You perhaps even took up some new year’s resolutions.
You likely vowed to improve and transform yourself… to be in better health, to be in better shape, to live a longer life.
Fast-forward back to the present and tell me this: Are you where you wanted to be?
If you are not, don’t be discouraged! I’ve been there many times myself! Don’t feel like you’ve failed or fallen short. Don’t feel like the mountain is too hard to climb.
Most of all, don’t pack it in. Not yet.
Magnesium deficiency is a widespread issue. It effects more then half of the US population and it can greatly effect your health. There are some amazing things that have happened for people just from correcting this problem. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. If you are wondering if you might be deficient read this post: 17 Warning Signs That You are Magnesium Deficient.
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy
When we think of taking a dietary supplement, we usually think of taking them orally. Transdermal absorbtion – or absorption through the skin – is another way that some supplements and medicines can be taken. The advantages of transdermal absorption are varied including more rapid entry into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract, and increased absorption and bioavailability. Many people have inefficient digestive systems due to poor diet, stress, and medications which makes transdermal absorption a much more effective method of replenishing magnesium in the body. This may seem like a new concept but there are some very common therapies that used this way such as a nicotine patch or a hormone patch.
Most Americans today are magnesium deficient. This is mainly due to the “standard American diet,” the quality of our food sources, and inefficiencies in the GI tract. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. More then half of the US population is not getting enough Magnesium in their daily diet. Since it has so many crucial functions, magnesium appears to protect us from many serious conditions.
How do you know if you are magnesium deficient?
Unfortunately, blood tests are not entirely accurate enough to show if you are not getting enough magnesium so it’s not the best way to find out. A better and easier way to determine if you need more magnesium is to look at some lifestyle factors.