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Health and Wellness Ministry

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to assist individuals in the community with obtaining health insurance coverage. The chapter has designated two Saturdays, January 31 and February 7, as Get Covered Days. Enrollment events will be held on January 31, at First Mount Zion Baptist Church (16622 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, Va.) from 8:30 - 12:30, and February 7, at First Baptist Church (9258 Center Street, Manassas, VA.) from 8:30-12:30. A presentation on the Health Insurance Marketplace will be conducted and certified health insurance marketplace enrollers will be available to answer questions and assist individuals with obtaining health insurance coverage. Please invite interested family members and friends to attend this event and obtain health insurance coverage through the marketplace. When you apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you'll need to bring identification, verification of your household income (W-2 forms or pay stubs), and policy numbers for any insurance that you currently have. For additional information about enrollment or the marketplace, please call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Magnesium Deficiency

Article by Linda Banks.

(Source: http://wellwithinyou.com/articles/magnesium-deficiency.html/)

Magnesium DeficiencyAccording to recent studies, almost 75% of the population is deficient in magnesium.  Yet, most people don't even really know what this important mineral is and why it's important.  Magnesium is a mineral that affects the cardio-vascular system, the strength of bones and teeth and the body's ability to regulate enzymes and hormones. To truly understand how important this mineral is, read this:  Every single cell in the body requires magnesium or it will perish!

Why now?

Years ago, magnesium deficiency was pretty rare.  With the advent of modern processed foods, sodas, and snack foods, our diets no longer include adequate levels of magnesium.  In addition to processed foods that contain no or low levels of magnesium, there are other reasons why we are seeing a deficiency in modern times.

Symptoms

Symptoms can vary from person to person.  However, there are five major symptoms that occur in most people that have a deficiency. 

  1.  Unable to get a good night's sleep, including restless leg syndrome, insomnia and trouble falling asleep. 
  2. Lack of energy, feeling fatigued, difficulty concentrating or feeling like you're "in a fog". 
  3. Muscle problems, including things like cramping, twitches, spasms, tensions or soreness.  Muscle problems may lead to headaches, backaches or migraines. 
  4. Depression or anxiety, including poor or over-reactions to situations.  It could also include panic attacks, phobias, paranoia, irritability or anger. 
  5. Nausea, cramping stomach, constipation, IBS or constant upset stomach.   Even though you may feel nauseous or have an upset stomach, you may also crave sugar, carbohydrates or salt. 

Other symptoms include high blood pressure, PMS, cold hands and feet, heart palpitations, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, poor dental health, hyperglycemia, vertigo, infertility, body odor and asthma.  In short, a magnesium deficiency can cause problems in many human functions. 

Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is hard to diagnose. Because it settles in bones and muscles, a simple blood test usually doesn't detect the problem.  And because symptoms can be vague and meet a myriad of other diagnoses, doctors often overlook magnesium deficiency as a cause.  Luckily, it's very difficult to overdose on magnesium, so adding it back in can only help. 

Sources of magnesium

Outside of mineral-rich spring water, food is the best source of magnesium.  Items such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, sunflower seeds, black beans, squash, peanuts, cashews, chickpeas, bulgur, barley, cod, halibut, seaweeds, or kale are all good sources of magnesium. 

If you want to increase your intake, it's best to skip the pills and look for ways to increase magnesium through a topical solution.  You can purchase magnesium oil sprays or simply soak in Epsom salt baths.