My family has a history of high blood pressure. I struggled with high blood pressure on and off for years and was told to just expect to take medication for it. This made me fighting mad, and I didn’t want to accept it as predetermined destiny that I had no choice over. I wanted to know why I had a tendency for this and what was happening inside of me that was causing all of this. I kept getting clues all along but never figured it all out until the birth of my third child and finding cultured foods. I had trouble in all my pregnancies with hypertension and preeclampsia, and because of this I had to be hospitalized for all of the births of my children.
My last child was born 7 ½ weeks early and I was on bed rest for 6 months of the pregnancy. The high blood pressure was extremely high and the stress began affecting my liver. They delivered the baby early to save my life. But my blood pressure didn’t come down after the birth of my child, and in the hospital they put me on a high dose magnesium drip that made me so sick I couldn’t get out of bed to see my daughter who was in the neonatal unit down the hall. It tortured me, and keeping me from my daughter made my blood pressure even higher. She was too sick to leave the neonatal unit and I couldn’t even sit up long enough to get into a wheelchair because the dosage of the magnesium was so high. It is times like these that can change our lives if we let them. I was staring at the ceiling and begging God to bring my blood pressure down when a nurse came into the room and I asked her to please take me to see my daughter. I told her it would make my blood pressure come down. She did just that at 2:00 in the morning – wheeled my entire bed into the neonatal unit and there I saw my four pound preemie. Touching her tiny body, I vowed to find the answers to what had happened to me and give her the life she deserved and not one of struggle.
My blood pressure started coming down after I saw my daughter, and as I rested in bed I started putting the pieces together. If they kept me on a magnesium drip so I wouldn’t have a stroke in the hospital, did that mean I wasn’t hanging on to magnesium in my cells and maybe this was the cause of my high blood pressure? I started researching this many months later and this was the time I started drinking kefir. I watched my blood pressure normalize with the addition of kefir; and I found out that not only was kefir high in magnesium, but it also helps you absorb more of it from the other foods you eat along with the kefir. I read in a study that kefir works on an enzyme in the stomach to lower blood pressure naturally in one out of three people. It also reduces inflammation throughout the body. It had normalized my elevated blood pressure and I was thrilled. The understanding didn’t end there. I started realizing that every food that I craved on a regular basis had magnesium in it: dark chocolate, avocados, bananas, figs, and nuts. So I started experimenting with things and found I could drop my blood pressure even more with certain supplements.
I read in a book that the body absorbs minerals, especially magnesium, in bath salts extremely well. It will only absorb what it needs and will leave the rest. I found these wonderful Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salts and when I would take a bath with these salts, my blood pressure would come down even more, virtually overnight. It was dramatic and it felt like I had found the missing piece to help my body find its balance. I started to realize that my tendency towards high blood pressure, especially during my pregnancies, was my body’s cry for more magnesium, and foods that had lots of magnesium began to appear in my life everywhere. My cries for help were being answered and I was a woman on a mission to learn all I could. Kefir was keeping my blood pressure normal but if this food could do this, what else was possible with this mineral called magnesium.
I was always told that salt would raise my blood pressure – and then I found Celtic Sea Salt ®. Celtic Sea Salt ® is moist, so I keep it in a little glass jar on my counter. The moisture comes from the magnesium in it. (Salt manufacturers making regular table salt refine the salt, which includes removing the magnesium and other minerals. This removes most of the moisture and makes it shakeable. This refining process makes it easier to use and sell, but destroys many of the components that make unrefined salt useful to the body. After the magnesium is removed, it is sold to be used as gunpowder.) The magnesium in Celtic Sea Salt ® lowered my blood pressure and did not raise it, so the mainstream media was wrong again. I added this salt to everything, the foods I cooked, and especially my cultured vegetables and even kefir. I liked other natural mineral salts, but now exclusively use Celtic Sea Salt ® because it has more magnesium. This is why this particular salt is wet and other salts are dry. Salts like Himalayan salt are loaded with minerals and good for you, but Celtic Sea Salt ® has more of what my body needed. Cultured foods need minerals just like you do, and adding them to your kefir and cultured veggies when they are fermenting will make you absorb them easier and your veggies will ferment better and your body will thank you. Everybody needs minerals: plants, humans, and animals. It is part of the cellular makeup of this planet.
Minerals are essential to our lives and many people struggle to hang on to magnesium. Magnesium deficiencies can wreak havoc in more ways than one. Magnesium is a co-factor in more than 800 enzyme systems that regulate different biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation, as well as hundreds of other processes. Magnesium can be found in food, but the amount is dependent upon the amount in the soil where the food is grown. Highly processed foods, and especially sugar, depletes the body of magnesium. A number of studies have previously shown magnesium can benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke. For example, one study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at a total of seven studies collectively covering more than 240,000 participants. The results showed that dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with risk of ischemic stroke. 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure, which is becoming more and more prevalent.
I wrote this blog for more than one reason. Yes, you need a lifestyle that adds a lot of magnesium and minerals to your life, but you need to listen to your body’s warning calls. There are signs all around you, but you have to pay attention. What foods do you crave and what is in them that you are missing in your diet? Don’t just take the drugs and mask the symptoms – go on a seek-and-destroy mission to find out exactly why you are experiencing disease. Wellness should be the norm and not the exception; and if you will seek and ask for the answers to your health issues, the answers will come to you. Awaken inside of you the desire to work with your body and live an extraordinary life of wellness and joy. Give your body whole real foods and add cultured foods and lots of minerals, then watch as your body gives you evidence of the miracle that it is. It makes you stand a little taller and feel stronger when you find answers to problems that plague you, and disease will become a thing of the past.
I am the creator and founder, of Cultured Food Life and I could not have done any of this without my body’s help. Just think – what could you and your body do together? The sky’s the limit.
Here are the foods and supplements that contain magnesium.