We are big fans of balance: work-leisure balance, mental health balance, exercise-relaxation balance and, of course, balance in the diet. Today, we want to focus on balance between two important minerals: magnesium and calcium. Calcium is well touted for its impact on bone and tooth health, and this impact becomes greater as we age. As we grow older, we face the loss of bone mineral density, which leaves us more vulnerable to injury from bone breakage. Weaker bones can be offset with diet- calcium and vitamin D are the two main minerals that help us maintain strong bones. But several studies have shown a correlation between arthritis, osteoporosis and magnesium deficiency. What's behind this link?
So many people focus exclusively on intaking the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D, forgetting about magnesium. Magnesium and calcium share a complementary relationship, the former helping the body absorb the latter. Without a balance of magnesium, calcium accumulates in the body and this in of itself can be detrimental. Magnesium has a lot of health benefits beyond simply helping your body absorb calcium but, from a spinal wellness perspective, this can be one of its most important roles. Fortunately, magnesium is even more widely available from natural foods than calcium and certainly moreso than vitamin D.
The magnesium-calcium balance is a great example of how simple dietary changes can have profound effects on your spinal health. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.