Magnesium may be small but it is mighty. It doesn’t take up much room in the body - about 25 g of magnesium is in an adult body - but it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, and helps the body function in almost every capacity. Specifically, it helps keep the heart beat steady, keeps bones strong, maintains normal nerve and muscle function, regulates glucose levels, and supports a healthy immune system. It contributes to energy production and the composition of teeth. It also helps regulate other nutrients within the body, like calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. Magnesium is a powerhouse and people should start paying attention to it...especially considering an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
You know the word cholesterol - you’ve heard it before and probably know a little bit about it. Odds are you probably know someone with high cholesterol who is taking a statin drug, like Lipitor, to help lower cholesterol. And when you hear the word cholesterol or read it in this sentence, my guess is you immediately have a negative connotation with the word. Cholesterol=bad. Something to manage, avoid, or lower. But cholesterol is actually a very necessary part of your bodily functions and kind of a cool reminder of the beautiful, complicated organism that is your body.
Most of us have heard about, talked about, or complained about our metabolism at some point in our lives but not many of us really know what it is and how it works. Magazine articles promising to “boost your metabolism” give us a false sense of what metabolism is as well as our ability to control it (we all know someone who has chugged green tea, started running sprints, or bought a certain supplement in the hopes of increasing their metabolism). Spoiler alert: metabolism isn’t some thing that we can manipulate, like a bicep or our hair color. It is a lot more complex, and interesting, than that. It’s a natural process for making energy, and your body is a pretty sophisticated system with a lot in place to regulate your metabolism and ensure your body has everything it needs to function.