I’ve been away too long and I have so much to tell you but not enough time for all of the details, so I will start posting daily until I’ve brought you up to speed withe everything I’ve learned since the last post.
Two of my big learnings recently:
- Limiting omega-6 intake matters much more than I thought it did.
- Magnesium matters – a lot – and I had no idea!
The short story – we need a 1-1-1 ratio of omega 3-6-9, and if we eat a lot of plant oils, we get sick. We pretty much all have WAY too much omega 6 because of eating so much nut and seed oil (such as in whole grains, soybeans), and poultry (grain-fed, which unnaturally inflates omega 6 content of chicken and turkey), and garbanzos. This contributes to chronic health issues. You can read more about it at The Conscious Life and Chris Kresser’s site and find charts with omega 6 content of foods for quick comparison here. I have been supplementing with fish oil for awhile now, but it never occurred to me to count omega 6 intake to see if I was even coming close to balancing it out. There’s a tool on the National Institute of Health (NIH) website called KIM-2 that can be used for this purpose. Here’s an abstract of a 2002 PubMed article that explains the bare bones findings (it always gripes me that the publicly funded scientific research isn’t accessible to us regular people unless we enroll in college or pay cash for the article.)
And, 7 out of 10 of us are probably magnesium deficient, with some potentially dire consequences – a whole host of mental illnesses, skin disorders, sleep problems, cardiovascular problems, and mood and energy issues, and that’s not even everything. Read more about it here, and on the NIH fact sheet on magnesium, as well as this description of results by Mark Sircus, a massage therapist who uses magnesium gel with older clients. Transdermal magnesium seems to be a really good option since oral supplementation so often has side effects like diarrhea, and your body self regulates absorption when you put it on your skin rather than eat a pill. You can start by simply having yourself an epsom salt bath or foot soak, in warm, not hot, water for 30+ minutes. There are also magnesium oils, lotions, and sprays. I am going to test some of these out and report back later. So far, I find the soaking increases my energy levels so it’s best if I do it earlier in the day.
I’ll write more later explaining how I came by this info, but in the meantime, happy reading!
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Stay tuned – there’s more to come!
KL – sorry no pics yet – I was stumped for a photo idea on this one!