Is Simone Biles’ Twisties Caused By Mineral Deficiency?
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As our soil is becoming more depleted of vitamins and minerals, and people are eating less fruits and vegetables, more people are showing signs and symptoms of these deficiencies. A recent famous Olympian athlete, Simone Biles, had to withdraw from the Olympic event as a result of “twisties”. It makes one wonder if more people should become aware of these deficiencies that may had contributed to these twisties.
The words send shivers up the spine of nearly every gymnast. It’s the mental block that causes gymnasts, even those at the top of their game like U. S. superstar Simone Biles, to lose control of their bodies while midair. Biles, who cited mental health concerns after withdrawing from the women’s gymnastics team final and Thursday’s individual all-around final, mentioned getting “the twisties” during a vault that served as her only routine of the final team competition, in the video published on July 29, 2021, “Simone Biles had ‘the twisties’ A gymnast explains the sport’s dreaded“, below:
Is it possible that these “twisties” that world class athletes often experience under stress may involve mineral (such as magnesium and/or potassium) deficiencies?
Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in the body, which is why magnesium deficiency can be such an issue. According to Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.” Not only does magnesium help regulate calcium, potassium and sodium, but it’s essential for cellular health and a critical component of over 300 biochemical functions in the body. Even glutathione, your body’s most powerful antioxidant that has even been called “the master antioxidant,” requires magnesium for its synthesis. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of this, and millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it, in the video published on Oct 9, 2017, “Magnesium Deficiency: 8 Warning Signs | Dr. Josh Axe“, below:
According to Dr. Josh Axe in the video above, more than 80% of Americans are not getting sufficient magnesium in their daily diets and some of the magnesium deficiency warning signs are: leg cramps, insomnia/fatigue, muscle pain/fibromyalgia, anxiety, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis. Magnesium rich foods are: spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt or Kefir, almonds, black beans, avocado, figs, dark chocolates, and bananas. Best types of magnesium: chelate, citrate, glycinate, threonate, magnesium oil. Avoid magnesium oxide. Soaking one’s feet in epsom salt water/solution is also an effective way to obtain magnesium through skin absorption.
Bassem El-Khodor, PhD, discusses magnesium, “the forgotten nutrient,” and why it’s so important, in the video published on Feb 1, 2019, “Subclinical Magnesium Deficiency: Brain Health and Beyond“, below:
Another important mineral for proper function of our bodies is potassium. Learn more about the top 10 potassium-rich foods on Dr. Josh Axe’s website here, in the video published on July 7, 2017, “Top 10 Potassium-Rich Foods and Potassium Benefits“, below:
According to Dr. Axe, in the video above, the top 10 potassium-rich foods + potassium benefits are: heart health, fewer cramps, lower stroke risk, lowers blood pressure, hide cellulite, osteoporosis fighter. Potassium-rich foods are: avocados, acorn & butternut squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, wild-caught salmon, dried apricots, pomegranates, coconut water, white beans, bananas, and bone broth. But for some one with kidney problems or who is on dialysis, he/she would need to stay away from potassium. But 98% of the population needs to get more potassium in our diets. This may be accomplished through eating lots of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
In the video published on Sep 16, 2018, “Hypokalemia: Symptoms“, below:
Be sure to listen to the video above carefully.
*This post does not diagnose nor treat any health problem, so be sure to talk to your health care providers for any diagnosis and/or treatment of any health problem.
*Please consult your own physician about your magnesium/potassium need and intake.
*Given that Simone Biles is already the gymnast with the most world medals, and the fact that overall U.S. Olympic team is very strong, Biles’ decision in withdrawing to avoid risking permanent injury is the correct one.
You may also be interested in these posts below:
- How To Spot & Prevent Magnesium Deficiency
- Many Benefits of Bananas
- Eat Potassium-Rich Food !
- Lifestyle Medicine To Improve the Future of Medicine
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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