It was on November 13th, five years ago, that Luke entered into this world, a miracle in itself. We celebrated his birthday with a Lego party on Saturday surrounded by family and new friends we have met in Nashville. But on Tuesday the 13th, his actual birthday, I was gifted again. As if receiving a son from non existence to existence was not enough to be gifted with, I once again on the 13th witness dust becoming life.
I should have known. The verse says that we are made of the dust. Dust that we need to survive, filled with minerals that completes the body puzzle. And yet so little attention is given to dust, that unpleasant substance that insist on pilling on my furniture.
How could anyone be lacking dust? Apparently I was. On the 13th of November without noticing, I changed my life. It took me three days to realize that something had changed. I started to feel at such peace that I could almost sit on a couch and stare at a wall for an hour smiling. A strange feeling, as if a burden that I did not know I had, was gone.
Like if the clock had started tickling slower, leaving enough time to just be. However, there was more to come. I noticed that my cravings for chocolate and sweets were gone! Chocolates and sweets are trustful companionship for most women, one bite here and there when you need a little lift, but still, gone! Like that! I could hold a favorite chocolate bar on my hands for five minutes and not have any desire to taste it!
So after 3 days of such bliss, I decided to investigate. I Googled: What makes you crave chocolate? To my surprise I found out that it was the lack of Magnesium. So then I remembered that on the 13th I had given my kids their Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D supplement and decided to try some myself. Two small children's Vitamin Supplements had changed my life!
Dust, I needed more dust. Magnesium, the eighth most abundant element in the Earth's crust was lacking in my body. And it may be lacking in yours, as our food is not rich in it anymore. As I started to investigate about it, I found out that it is also related to other symptoms I have faced, like mitral valve prolapse, palpitations and change in my heart rhythm.
Magnesium Deficiency can affect the entire body resulting in migraines, post menopausal symptoms, diabetes, depression, menstrual pain, high blood pressure, fatigue, osteoporosis, heart disease and many more. Magnesium also protects the cells from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel. But don't take my word for it, please research the subject, you will be surprise with what you find.
After my initial amazement, I started to wonder, wait a minute? I take a multivitamins pill almost every day, this lack should not be happening. Well, it just so happens that Magnesium does not fit in a small pill with the other vitamins and minerals, so most multivitamins don't have it, or have only a very little bit of it. And a little bit of it won't do as Magnesium is not easily absorbed by the body. I have read that a form of Magnesium oil applied to the skin may be better absorbed by the body but I have not tried it yet.
If you are still not convinced, you may also be shocked to know that Magnesium decreases the intensity of some drug-induced dependence as it acts in the brain's reward system. Dust that helps to cure addiction.
I have a long way to go to learn all about this mineral but the way I feel is enough for me to believe. To believe that our cure is still being found in the very beginning, where dust meets grace. Grace that still pours in everyday granted miracles. In a messed up world, there is still thankfulness and glory to God for the miracle of life happening outside and inside, life from dust, and dust becoming life.