So I have a very restricted diet due to having rheumatoid arthritis. There are very few foods I can eat without having them flare me up. Here is a list of the okay foods:
That is seriously just about it. Any kind of other meat, even seafood, flares me up. Nuts and seeds are the worst culprit, but I end up craving them like crazy. So here's my question. Where do I get my magnesium from? I've tried supplementing with magnesium and it doesn't seem to have any effect on me. I tried natural calm, including their cal-mag supplement.
What to do? I know I'm lacking it...
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I use nuts to supplement my mineral needs. I had the same problem of craving them when I had them. I found a away to turn it off, atleast for me. It's a recipe I made after I saw something similiar in a gas station.
Cacao nuts, I soak and dehydrate several types of nuts, then I coat them lightly with ghee, and then add pure cacao. I found that the slightly bitter taste of cacao removed the urge to want to gorge on them. This was a pleasent unintended discovery. I know you mentioned nuts are a problem but maybe removing the urge to consume a lot would be good. Also, the cacao will add a good amount of magnesium.
Or just find someway to work cacao into your diet daily.
I love cocoa powder or cacoa powder. I mix it with raw honey and melted coconut oil and then cool to harden for homemade chocolate bars, or I mix into my coffee with coconut sugar and almond milk or I mix it with a banana and egg whites and fry in coconut oil to make pancakes.
Interesting article describing various mag supplements here: http://primaldocs.com/opinion/the-best-kind-of-magnesium-for-you/
My fav magnesium is from a home made concentrate using Milk of Magnesia and Club Soda.
Here is the talk and the recipe: at least this is my favourite site- there are a number of others http://www.acupuncturebrooklyn.com/how-tos/how-to-… nice lady
This makes an ionised magnesium concentrate (I double the recipe to make 2L concentrate which lasts about a month.
Its well explained at the above and other sites.
Magnesium is the great regulator so you are wise to get enough of it. The body works hard to keep the level constant and when one runs out and levels drop, it’s lights out. Tis how my mum died when the hospital wouldn’t let her bring her supplements in with her.
I add 2 tsp borax to my concentrate after it is ‘finished or polished’, i.e. stabilised. Strengthens teeth, bones, helps with aches and pains arthritis etc I also add baking soda - The drink is alkalising and if you are not combining heavy carbs with meat and fat then the stomach should empty in an hour or so and it is then the time to start alkalising. (Alkalising is Saying NO to Cancer!)
Check out Walter Last and magnesium http://www.health-science-spirit.com/magnesiumchlo...
Actually Walter’s site is a primary site to get to know.
Check out The Borax Conspiracy and no, though it is found in the detergent section it is not a soap. It is a mineral like magnesium and calcium. it is not an electrolyte - it strengthens bones and teeth and is important for artery function - just read it. Amazing stuff fellow PaleoHacks http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm
And another important stop- I make my own lugol’s - easy peasy - You really can’t over do it as it is flushed from the system- easy to test if you have enough. Do a swath in your arm and if its still there that night, you are fine. Gone in an hour-Get thee to the iodine-ery? please forgive me shakespeare.
namaste and care,
The OP has a difficult edge case to deal with.... nightshades & nuts are inflammatory as is meat (even grassfed) if harvested and delivered commecially. :(
No bath tub? :(
I would suggest giving epsom salt transdermal a try using wet compress over a larger area of skin....belly / chest, back or thighs
What about Epsom salt baths and magnesium oil rubs (which are not oil at all, magnesium feels oily when suspended in water). You could bypass your sensitive digestive tract and still absorb magnesium.
Magnesium oil is expensive to buy but you can make your own from magnesium salts very inexpensively.
I can't have pumpkin seeds, or any other nut or seed. I wish I could. Also, I don't drink coffee, and chocolate also has a history of causing me inflammation.
Cocoa powder 27mg/teaspoon;
pumpkin seeds: 1200mg/cup
Current list + white potatoes are all ample sources of calcium. How do you 'know' you're deficient anyways? Blood test?
What's the problem with your current list? I know, I know, brown rice isn't paleo, but 2 cups of it has 40% of your Mg DV.
I get it (according to cronometer) from sardines, mackerel, avocados, brazil/macadamia nuts, dark chocolate, coconut milk, and tubers... i hit 100% RDA everyday no problem.
Good question, because there is no Mg superfood like, say, liver for retinol, sea berry for vitamin C, or oysters for zinc. The stuff is widely distributed in foods, and our needs were readily satisfied when we were living in trees eating large amounts of leaves and fruits.
As it is, there are relatively few sources that are significantly better than the rest. Amongst them members of the beta family (spinach, beet, beet greens, and chard), nopales (prickly pear leaves). A number of tropical fruits are relatively rich. If you want to use a semi-natural food as supplement, seaweed agar is by far the richest. source. If you do not mind the extra phosphorus, rice bran is also very high in Mg.
The daily value for an adult is around 400mg/day.
High quality h2o can be a decent source. The tap water in Lubbock, Texas is ~60mg/L of Mg (spring waters can reach 100+mg/L.) Where if you're filling up 150 liter baths, your hanging out in 9 grams of the stuff, then drinking close to half the daily value (plus the amount that goes into cooking.)
You could reach 400mg of magnesium just using those foods if you were to eat over a cup of sprouted brown rice, with a sweet potato, 60-100g of protein from fish, and throw in some spinach / kale / broccoli with an avocado on top. When I add these up, it doesn't even cross 1500 kcal, with plenty of room to spare for more magnesium-dense foods, if you could digest them. Play around with it on cronometer.com.
Or, there's magnesium supplements.