Mommy and I have been reading a new book together. We love reading and we have read a lot of books. I look at the pictures, point to things of interest, and turn the pages. Mommy reads the words out loud, names the objects that I point at, and turns the pages if I happen to forget.
The book we are reading together this time is very different from any that we have read together before. It is not a fictional book about bunnies, cats wearing hats, or a giraffe named Sophie. This book is all about self-help and achieving optimal health.
The book is called The Magnesium Miracle and is written by Carolyn Dean MD, ND. Unsurprisingly, it is all about magnesium. When mommy first told me about this book, I thought it would be hard to get through, but I have been pleasantly surprised. It is a very readable book with excellent information.
The Magnesium Miracle is a truly comprehensive book about dietary magnesium. Part one begins with the stories of Mary, Sam, and Jan who all discover that they suffer from magnesium deficiency. The book then proceeds to discuss what magnesium does in the body and why it is important.
Mommy and I found the next section very informative and it was one of our favourite parts. It discusses reasons why most people today or deficient in magnesium to some extent. The case is truly compelling and well written. This section wraps up with an eye-opening explanation as to why we are not hearing more about magnesium deficiency.
Part two is appropriately named “Magnesium-Deficient Conditions” and consists of nine chapters. There is a list of all possible symptoms of magnesium deficiency in part one. Part two groups these symptoms into nine areas and looks at each in greater detail. This section provides a thorough explanation how magnesium deficiency is responsible for the symptoms and offers optimal daily supplement amounts for each condition.
Part three is called “The Research Continues” and it contains four additional chapters for areas of concern where magnesium might be beneficial. It follows the same outline as part two and covers issues such as chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, and longevity. This part is a good wrap-up to the previous section.
The final section of the book begins by discussing testing for magnesium deficiency. There are several methods that can be used. This is a very good section to read before heading to your doctor to discuss a possible deficiency. There is even a little tip on how you can determine the likelihood of a magnesium deficiency at home.
The book then goes on to talk about required magnesium intake and how to add more magnesium rich foods into our diets. There is even a meal plan with several meal options to choose from. Of course it wouldn’t be a comprehensive book if it didn’t also discuss the foods to avoid.
There is a handy chart listing some common foods and the amount you would have to consume in order to ingest 400 mg of magnesium. At the top of the list is crude rice bran with 1.8 ounces. At the bottom of the list are doughnuts with 54.25 ounces. Doughnuts come in different sizes, but that’s equal to around 27 medium-sized doughnuts or 108 doughnut holes. That’s a lot of doughnuts!
The last part of the book discusses options for magnesium supplementation. There are several forms of magnesium available and they are not created equal. There are also several ways to get these supplements into the body. The book discusses when and how to supplement, as well as what to watch out for. Very useful section for anyone who suspects they might be suffering from magnesium deficiency.
So what’s my impression of the book? It was definitely much more informative than any book mommy and I read together. It was much more interesting than I thought it would be. It would have been better if there was a cat or a rabbit involved and there were not enough pictures for my liking, but nevertheless, I would recommend this book to everyone. You might learn that your body has been trying to tell you something important.
What did mommy think of the book? We didn’t talk about it much but mommy did seem to be deep in thought since we’ve read it. Today I caught mommy looking at magnesium supplements online. I’m glad that mommy is looking out for her health.
I want to give all my readers the opportunity to discover The Magnesium Miracle for yourselves. I am giving away a free copy through my giveaway. There are no restrictions so enter today!
Worldwide shipping. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until April 30, 2017.
In case you don’t win the giveaway 😦 you can get a free 32-page guide to the benefits of magnesium along with magnesium deficiency symptoms. It is available as a free download at www.nutritionalmagnesium.org when you subscribe to their free newsletter. The guide is written by Carolyn Dean MD, ND, just like the The Magnesium Miracle book! It’s the next best thing.
*We have not been paid for this review but we were given a copy of this book free of charge. All views and opinions are honest and our own.