Magnesium deficiency triggers many chronic disease symptoms

While magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the cells of the human body, it also represents the second most common deficiency.  With only about 1 percent of magnesium stored in the blood, a deficiency in this essential nutrient can be difficult to detect through the usual lab tests.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical processes throughout the body, but one of its most important tasks is producing energy. In that capacity, it becomes indispensible in all cellular processes. Understanding the danger signs of a magnesium deficiency can rid you of bothersome, mysterious symptoms while lowering your risk of serious health issues.

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Low Iron Linked with Muscle Health, Sleep Disorders, Mood, Stroke Risk, and Mitochondria

Do you have iron deficiency and not know it? Fatigue, weakness, and cold intolerance are common symptoms of low iron. Standard blood tests may not reflect early iron deficiency. There is, however, a special lab test that tells you how good your iron stores are even before extensive changes occur. This lab test is called serum ferritin. Serum ferritin levels reflect the actual amount of iron stores in the body. A depletion of iron stores indicates a functional deficiency and early iron deficiency, which can cause a variety of health disorders. There is more to low serum ferritin and iron deficiency than meets the eye.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

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Just 30 Minutes of Daily Sleep Debt Raises Weight and Diabetes Risk

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Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep per day on weekdays can have long-term consequences for body weight and metabolism, a new study finds. The results will be presented Thursday, March 5, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. “While previous studies have shown that short sleep duration is associated with obesity and diabetes, we found that as little as 30 minutes a day sleep debt can have significant effects on obesity and insulin resistance at follow up,” said lead study author Professor Shahrad Taheri, MBBS, PhD, professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, in Doha. “This reinforces earlier observations that sleep loss is additive and can have metabolic consequences.” (more…)

Why getting by on little to no sleep spells trouble for cells, organs

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Many people are aware that they should try their best to get proper amounts of sleep. At the very least, lack of it makes them groggy the following day. In other, more serious instances, drowsy driving has been found to be responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries every year in the United States. So serious is the issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers lack of shut-eye a public health epidemic.(1) (more…)

How to Burn Body Fat in Your Sleep

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By Dr. Mercola

Studies have shown that in general, the optimal room temperature for sleeping is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures much above or below this range can lead to restlessness.

But a new study suggests there are nuances to this phenomenon, and that a restful night’s sleep may be more complicated than simply turning down your thermostat.

Thermoregulation—your body’s heat distribution system—is strongly linked to sleep cycles. Even lying down can induce sleepiness by redistributing your body heat from your core to your periphery.

Sleep deprivation has virtually the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness, which explains in part why lack of sleep is associated with an increased risk of multiple chronic diseases. Therefore, high-quality sleep is critical to your health.

In this article, I’ll be discussing the latest research on sleep temperature, as well as other factors that can ease you into a blissful night’s slumber.

Cooler Heads Prevail

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3 Secret Weapons Against Stress, Inflammation, and Insomnia

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Stress, inflammation, and lack of sleep shorten your telomeres—which can shorten your life.
Three protectors help you overcome the effects.
You probably already know that inflammation, stress, and lack of sleep aren’t good for you. You may not know, however, that these things have a huge impact on your cells.

More specifically, they all affect the length of your telomeres—which can actually affect the length of your life.

What are Telomeres?

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A Hygiene Practice Most People Ignore – Sleep Expert Warns Failing To Change Your Pillow Every 6 Months Can Cause Acne and Allergies

A good pillow is just as important as a good bed for getting a good night’s sleep.You may have a favourite pillow that seems to help you sleep better. But it could cause acne and trigger allergies if it is more than six months old, one expert claims.

Dr Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Mebane, North Carolina, told The Huffington Post that people sleeping on old pillows might be pressing their faces against dirt, oil and dead skin cells, which can cause acne.

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Clean Your Brain While You Sleep

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We are vigilant about our children’s sleep. We let sleeping dogs lie. Why don’t we value our own sleep?
When I was young, I fell asleep instantly and slept soundly through the night. No matter how stressed I was, sleep was a refuge, a sanctuary, a way of restoring myself. During the day, I worked hard and after work I exercised intensely. The more challenging my exercise, the better I slept. I avoided stimulates and alcohol, didn’t drink coffee or tea or any caffeinated beverages, and ate a natural, organic, plant-based fresh food diet. (more…)

Ashwagandha can cure insomnia and anxiety

Ashwagandha Cures Insomnia” hspace= Given the relentless pace and pressures of modern life, it’s not surprising that conditions such as anxiety and insomnia are at near epidemic levels. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control notes that between 50 and 70 million American adults currently suffer from sleep disorders.

In addition to causing impaired concentration and daytime fatigue, sleep disorders exact a grim toll in increased automobile and industrial accidents, as well as raising your risk for dangerous conditions such high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, depression and cancer.

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20 Foods to Help You Sleep Better

Full of sleep-inducing substances like tryptophan, these foods can help you sleep better and longer.

Few things are more frustrating than desperately wanting to sleep, but tossing and turning instead. When you know you’ve got to get up early and then somehow make it through a grueling day, you might be tempted to turn to sleeping pills for a good night’s rest. But you may not realize that your refrigerator contains a powerful variety of foods that can help you sleep better. These 20 foods, from fresh cherries to miso soup, help regulate the hormones that control sleep, stress and relaxation.

Tart cherries

Tart cherries boost the body’s supply of melatonin, and they’re packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients. Eat fresh, ripe cherries, drink a glass of 100%, no-sugar-added tart cherry juice or snack on some dried cherries before bed (but watch it on the last one – the calories from dried fruit really add up fast!) (more…)