Are You Getting Enough Magnesium


Magnesium is an important mineral that helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. It creates protein and strengthens bones and the immune system. Involved in heart, nerve and muscle function, magnesium may also help to prevent liver problems.

Food processing, soil conditions and dietary habits all play a role in decreasing levels of magnesium. Vitamin and mineral depletion in the soil has been linked to the use of pesticides and fertilizers by some experts. Also, the amount of magnesium in refined oils, sugar and grains have been reduced to almost zero.

Mother Earth News, Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. and agricultural expert explained:

High nitrogen levels make plants grow fast and bulk up with carbohydrates and water. Although the produce is heavier and larger, they lack in nutritional quality.

Dr. Mildred Seelig, author of The Magnesium Factor:

If restaurant, homemade, or store-bought food contains fat, refined flour, and/or sugar as one or more of the major ingredients, it is a low-magnesium, and quite possibly high-calorie, food. A steady diet of such foods year after year can produce a magnesium deficit. The deficiency can develop in to metabolic syndrome X, a major factor in heart disease.

Foods that contain magnesium:

Beans, oats, spinach, curly kale, beet greens, baked potato, artichoke, butternut squash, plantain, Swiss chard, okra, raspberries, blackberries, whole grains, fish, mackerel, halibut, blackeye peas, nuts and cooked quinoa. Spinach, dark chocolate and almonds are good sources for magnesium, however, they contain oxalates that may hinder absorption.

Those who have difficulty digesting foods, or have a liver disorder and the elderly  may become deficient in magnesium.

Symptoms of low magnesium levels:

Low calcium and potassium levels, sodium retention, tremors, fatigue, loss of appetite, numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle spasms, nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and mood changes.

Supplemental Magnesium

There are various forms of magnesium. Oxide is the most prevalent, but is not very effective. Aspartate is not recommended because it is similar to excito-toxins aspartame and msg. Other forms include citrate, malate, glutamate, glycinate, taurinate, lactate, chloride and a few more.

Magnesium lactate and chloride absorb better than the oxide form. Malate is combined with malic acid, which is found in apples, and helps to produce bile. It is also recommended for fibromyalgia and rheumatism. The B vitamins assist in magnesium absorption.

Daily Dose of Magnesium

The amount on average over the age of 19 are 200 to 250 milligrams every day. Not common at this dose, there exist a potential of a toxic overload, therefore an occasional three month program may be all that is needed to boost magnesium levels.

Liz Olivia


Food Grown Genetically

Do you read the ingredient lables on processed foods? Did you know that some of the ingredients in most all processed food products are from a plant that was genetically modified (GMO), with organisms? Genetic biotechnology has become increasingly more widespread, not only in location, but also in the number of various plants being altered.

Many, if not most, people are not aware of all the food products that either contain ingredients that were modified, such as in processed foods, and in canned and frozen vegetables grown from gm’d seeds. The seed manufacturers and the growers of their plants fight against making it a law to label the foods gmo. The European Union passed a law in 1994 that all gm’d foods must be labled as such. Japan and most other countries have also passed a law to label all gm’d foods, including the ones imported from other countries. The U.S., however, continues to battle over this labeling issue, and the scientific reports of the various hazards continue to get suppressed.

One of the seed manufacturers, Monsanto, had an attorney of who was also their Vice President for Public Policy from 1998 to 2001, M. Taylor. This same attorney/VP/PR rep. obtained a key position at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the nineties. He instated a policy essentially decreeing that “it’s all food; there is no difference from any other food; and if the biotech company that created the GM foods say they’re safe, that’s good enough”. That FDA policy for GM’d food remains the same to this day. Some estimates report that Monsanto controls 90% of the global market for GM seeds.

The pollin from these plants are blown into surrounding fields of non-gmo crops and plants. Policy analyst for ‘Food First’, Annie Shattuck, stated that once attached to a pool of foreign aid funding, the pressure on open markets for biotechnology will be substantial.

The herbicide resistant gm’d plants use a particular herbicide that goes with the seeds. It contains a chemical, glyphosate that is absorbed by the leaves into the plant. GM’d crops require more spraying than conventional and weeds are developing tolerance requiring higher and higher doses. A study by a molecular biologist at the University of Caen, Dr. Seralini, has shown that Roundup, also a Monsanto product, causes cells in human embryos to die and is an endocrine (hormonal system) disruptor.

Over 85% of the soy crops grown in the U.S. are gm’d, as well as corn, cotton and canola oil. Last January, the USDA past their decision through to de-regulate alfalfa, and recently de-regulated sugarbeets as well. This has been, and continues to be protested against by both conventional and organic growers, as well as ecology enthusiasts and groups. Alfalfa is a primary source of feed for livestock, as is gm’d corn grain, and is also used worldwide as a field cover to enrich soil.

Sugarbeets aren’t normal beets, rather they’re grown as a sweetening agent used in many processed foods as it’s generally cheaper compared to sugarcane. This is very, very big business. Most all high fructose corn syrup in processed foods is of the gm’d version, as well as soybean oil in dressings and sauces, and msg. Canola (Canada) oil began as a gm’d product with the intentions of being used as a factory lubricant, as it initially was, and is made from the rapeseed plant. GM’d foods and ingredients suddenly appeared in 2/3’s of all U.S. processed foods in 1998, primarily the soy and corn.

Following are some foods that have been, and continue to be, grown from genetically engineered seeds: 

Ironically, the commodity price of corn has risen 37% the past few months, and soybeans are up 19%. The U.S. midwestern cornbelt is now predominantly genetically modified corn and soybean. Since the corn in Mexico has been perfected over generations, they’ve made strict regulations to protect their seed variety, crops and fields from GMO contamination. Many sauces such as ketchup, spaghetti sauce and paste, are from gm’d tomatoes.

Some of Canadian’s honey is from bees that pollinate the canola’s gm’d rapeseed crops. This put a stop to Europe’s importing their honey. About half of the U.S. sweet corn acreage in 2009 was planted with gm’d seed. Four or five types of potatoes that include snack foods and processed foods containing potatoes, are gm’d. Cotton oil, generic vegetable oil, and many margarines since they contain either soy, corn, canola or cottonseed.

Our meat and dairy products mostly come from animals that had consumed gm’d feed, and therefore causes us to be 2nd-hand consumers. As well as milk and dairy foods from cows that had been injected with gm’d growth hormone, rBGH. Some vitamin manufacturers use some gm’d plant material such as vitamin C from corn, vitamin E from soy, A, D and some B vitamins as well may be derived from gm’d plant sources. 

This appears to only be the tip of the iceburg. In 2009 there were already over 40 plant varieties having completed the federal requirements for commerce as the FDA and USDA has stated.  

Non-Gmo ‘Project Verified’ is a label being used on products to indicate foods produced without genetic engineering or DNA technologies.


Dehydrate Kidneys With Too Much Water

Drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses of fluids daily can be hazardous to your health. This is particularly true if liquids are consumed within an hour before bedtime. You very well might be dehydrating yourself!

You ask, “How can that be”?

Hyponatremia – a low blood sodium concentration in the kidneys. The bladder is getting full too often and causing frequent urinations. Early and frequent emptying of the bladder prohibits the kidneys to concentrate the fluids and hydrate the blood system. The kidneys also need ample enough time to process out the toxins before the fluid is expelled from the system. These processes require fluids to remain in the kidneys long enough to filter out toxins and maintain fluid in the blood system to avoid dehydration.

A lot of fluid intake on a regular basis can habitually wash out the medulla, the area in the kidney that concentrates fluids to cleanse and hydrate. This can eventually result in a coma if it continues for a long period of time. The kidneys are designed to do the most work of this nature while we are asleep, which is one very important reason to avoid drinking anything an hour before bedtime and throughout the night. Another reason is to be able to stay asleep without getting disturbed by an irritable blader having to be emptied.

How many times a day is it considered normal to empty the bladder? 

This will vary from one person to the next depending on many factors, however in general, six to eight times throughout the day and none during the sleep period. In general, the need to empty the bladder averages four times after consuming 33 ounces which is equivalent to either 1 liter or 4 cups of liquid.

Some of the conditions that factor in to bladder frequency are:

  • age may have an effect on the elasticity of the bladder
  • muscle strength of the pelvis floor
  • some bladders are smaller
  • bladder capacity averages two cups
  • medicine that has a diuretic affect
  • activity level
  • thyroid and pancreas health
  • caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • overactive bladder and urgency

In the event your bladder frequency is over nine times a day plus once or more during sleep, and your regular intake is considered a lot, you may choose to decrease the amount. Waking up three or more times in the middle of sleeping to empty the bladder is considered excessive and referred to as “nocturia”.

Any one or all of the sensations of burning, straining, pain, or urgency can be a symptom of an infection. The council of a qualified physician is recommended particularly if it persists over a few days and includes a discharge, sudden urges, back pain, or fever and chills.

Infections do not occur nearly as often in men as they do women due to having longer urethras. Women’s are much shorter and positioned as such that an occasional infection is not unusual. Therefore, it’s suggested that men take these symptoms seriously also, if not even moreso to avoid serious complications caused by not having it checked out sooner. It’s advisable to rule out possible conditions such as an std, chlamydia, and prostatitis. 

When reducing the amount of water consumption, or fluid intake in general, a weaning off process is recommended. Reduce by one glass each day the first week, then two glasses the second week, and so on. All liquid drank within an hour and a half before bedtime is suggested to omit or exclude the first week as this will allow the kidneys the time necessary to concentrate and process the fluids from the day. This is a suggestion only and the actual fluids to exclude are best decided on by the individual.

“Urinary incontinence” is an entirely other matter and has to do with bladder control, incidence and how often. Urinary control relies on the finely coordinated activities of the smooth muscle tissue of the urethra and bladder, skeletal muscle, and autonomic nervous system. It’s recommended to avoid making a habit of holding it for lengthy periods of time.

Examples of sudden onset (acute) conditions that can result in incontinence are childbirth, medicinal side effects, limited physical mobility, and urinary tract infection. Long term (chronic) conditions may be caused by brain or spinal injury, blocked urethra, a weak bladder muscle, weak pelvic floor muscles, nerve disorders, or a birth defect.

The kidneys and bladder are a major part of the system involved in filtering out toxins from the body and hydration maintenance. It is important for good health to assure that they are functioning as well as possible. If you have questions or problems in this matter, please seek the assistance of a physician or urologist about your concerns.


Source: urologychannel

avoid soy

Soymilk sales soared from $2 million in ‘80 to $300 million in ‘99. Soybean oil is found in hundreds of processed foods; baked goods, tortilla chips, margarine, mayonnaise, and imitation dairy products all contain soy. It has taken the place in the standard American diet of the real fats in butter, milk, meat, and fish. We are eating more and more largely due to the unchallenged health claims of the soy lobby. Soy beans are made into highly refined oil with factory methods that are unhealthy. The oil is produced with immense heat and pressure in a process called extraction. Heat-treated oils go rancid, they spoil and rancid oils are carcinogenic.

The soy foods Americans eat flunk the real food test. Soy is processed through the system when eaten in very small quantity, fermented and with animal foods. This is how Asians have consumed soy for the past thousand years. Soy must be fermented in order to be digestible to humans. The consumption of soy should be limited to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari)Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. In recent years, you may have read about studies indicating phytoestrogens are good for you. The soy industry themselves funded the studies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is dangerous for the human body.
A leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is associated with unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance. Why, then, would anyone argue that we should consume more of a food high in estrogen? Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing the thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine.
It is also a very allergic food and hard to digest. Contrary to the popular myth, Asians do not eat soy as a staple food, but rather only as a condiment. Soy poses real health risks, including sterility, cancer, and stunted development.As a convenience food for humans, with slick marketing and the halo of a health food, soy is worth billions. In America, soy farming is big business, worth more than $12 billion in 1999.To review the dangers of hydrogenated oils, visit

Soy is no joy!
 Soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, bleeding and eventual pancreatic problems can result. Soy blocks the uptake of the essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract. 

Stay well,  Astrolivia

Protein Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients – 8 essential biological sugars that support the recognition and communication of cells.

We burn sugars to produce energy, however, these 8 are not burned in this way. Instead they become building blocks known as glycoproteins and glycolypids meaning they become part of the body.
Causes: Food processing, mineral depleted soils, green harvesting and food preservatives.
We consume sugarcane’s glucose, and dairy’s galactose, but since we typically don’t consume the other six, our bodies must create them through a sequence of enzymatic, chemical reactions depleting vitality. The addition into our diets supports the natural healing ability for defense, repair and recovery. Most people notice an immediate boost in energy level.
Dr. Emil Mondoa, book “Sugars That Heal” explains, “these 8 are the basis of multicellular intelligence working to keep us healthy and balanced. Even tiny amounts of these, or lack of them, have profound effects.”
excerpt –

To add into your diet:

A daily supplement containing all 8 and is stabilized and standardized.
Dried or fresh shitake mushrooms lightly chopped into a stir fry.
2 ozs Aloe drink in the mornings; for indigestion, constipation and ulcers.
Xylitol for sweetening; anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healthier for teeth.
2 or 3 cps herbal tea with liquorice and Echinacea; immune system booster.
Psyllium husk adds fiber to the diet; a teaspoon with water in the mornings on an empty stomach helps to avoid constipation.
spinach, beans, cabbage, carrots, and celery.

Fenugreek either fresh ch’d or ground in stir-fries and curries in winter.
Additional sources – turmeric and licithin
Apples have pectin and soluble fiber that soak up excess cholesterol in the intestines before it enters the blood. ‘Whole’ oranges help prevent clogged arteries by relaxing them which can lower blood pressure.
infosource: glyconutria

complex causes and effects

Even with cleaner water and communities, and new and improved medicines, people over the past century have been inflicted with a number of various kinds of illnesses. There are four main types of disease:  pathogenic, deficiency, hereditary, and physiological disease. A treatment attempts to improve or remove a problem, but treatments may not produce permanent cures. Cures are a subset of treatments that either reverse it completely, or end medical problems permanently. Many diseases that cannot be completely cured are still treatable.

Acute describes the sudden onsight of an illness requiring short term care considered either severe or generally mild. Nearly one in two Americans (133 million) has a chronic medical condition of one kind or another, and chronic illnesses cause about 70% of deaths in the U.S. and take up 3/4ths of the costs yearly. Chronicity is usually applied to a condition that lasts more than three months requiring long term care management for effective treatment many of which aren’t actually disabled as their medical conditions do not impair normal activities to that degree.

To name a few; asthma, allergies, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, hepatitis, arthritis, cardiovascular, lupis, ms, hiv, human parvo, cancer, and rheumatism. The causes of these are always the same, such as either co-incidental, or genetic and some times considered environmental or unknown. With as much funding that’s been poured into the fields of medical science and research over the past fifty years, and since it has grown by leaps and bounds, it seems astonishingly untrue that so little knowledge in regard to today’s chronic illnesses has been obtained. This begs the question by the masses, how can this be so?

Etiological discovery in medicine has a history in Robert Koch’s demonstration that the tubercle bacillus causes the disease tuberculosis, Cacillus anthracis causes anthrax and so on as summarized in his postulates. But proof of causation in infectious diseases is limited to individual cases that provide experimental evidence of etiology; greek for ‘giving a reason for and cause’. Contiguity postulates that cause and effect must be in spatial contact or connected by a chain of intermediate things in contact.” For ex.: People who can’t metabolize a drug will require a much lower dose than is recommended by the manufacturer, if any at all, and those who metabolize it quickly may require a higher dose. Also, people without the enzyme to activate them, some drugs such as codeine, will not be effective. People who are poor metabolizers of a drug may overdose while taking less than the recommended dose.

Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that happen in living organisms to maintain life . These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in which one chemical is transformed through a series of steps into another chemical, by a sequence of enzymes that are crucial for the reactions to produce energy. Enzymes act as the catalyst in their reaction with others and release energy quick and efficiently, as well as allow the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to changes. Poisons cause disturbances usually by chemical reaction or other activity on the molecular level and are determined by the metabolism.

Because the main cause is not always obvious, it is important to consider the significance of each cause very carefully and to consider possible alternatives to it. An immediate cause closely precedes an effect and therefore is relatively easy to recognize. A remote cause takes place further in the past and is less obvious. It’s recommended to assess all possible contributing factors rather than just the most obvious. To not inspect the remote as well as the immediate causes can often result in an oversimplified and illogical conclusion.