This system includes all immune cells, such as leukocytes, and processes by which the human body maintains its integrity and defensibility against invasive exogenic pathogens as well as endogenic imbalances in flora and cellular regeneration. Often referred to as stand-alone in function, the Immune System is actually intrinsically tied to both the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, which provide the effective vehicles for active leukocyte transport as well as necessary nutrient supply to bone marrow wherein immune cells are formed.
As an alkaline earth metal, magnesium is used together with calcium, sodium, and potassium in modulating and maintaining optimum serum pH levels. Processed foods, stress (producing cortisol and other corticosteroids), dehydration, and other factors effectively increase acidity within the body’s interstitial fluids, decreasing serum pH levels, which – in turn – decreases effective immune response to infectious pathogens and unhealthy imbalances in “friendly-flora” organisms within the human body. Both calcium and magnesium are the primary pH “buffer” minerals used by the body to regulate interstitial pH levels.
As a structural component in various intra and extracellular enzymatic functions, magnesium is essential to effective mobilization and maintenance of leukocytes such as neutrophil, eosinophil, basophil, and other granulocytic “white” blood cells. Magnesium’s vascular toning attributes – including localized vasodilation when used topically – aid the immune response in the delivery of motile leukocytes to afflicted and other target regions of the body.
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