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Are You Low on Magnesium?
The answer is likely “Yes” that you are deficient in Magnesium. Magnesium is the eighth most abundant mineral on earth, and the third most abundant in sea water. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. Magnesium isn’t just abundant in the body, but vitally important too. As this article explains:
Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, wellfunctioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.
Proper magnesium ratios are important for the body to correctly use calcium in the cells. Even a small deficiency can lead to a dangerous calcium imbalance and lead to problems like calcification and cell death. This manifests itself with
most modern farming processes tax the soil. muscle cramps and premenstrual cramping. or have a very high concentration of calcium. potassium and phosphorus. where its brittleness increases the risk of fractures. migraine headaches. What Does Magnesium DO? Magnesium is necessary for hundreds of functions within the body. Water. On top of that.Are You Low? Page 2 of 5 symptoms like heart trouble. and do nothing to replenish magnesium levels. such as rivers and streams. but now: Fluoride in drinking water binds with magnesium. which are low in magnesium.com/3610/are-you-low-on-magnesium/ 30-May-13 . but is especially important for: ◾ Gives rigidity AND flexibility to your bones (more important than Calcium in many cases) ◾ Increases bioavailability of calcium ◾ Regulates and normalizes blood pressure ◾ Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation http://wellnessmama. hypertension medicine. These additional dietary factors can also deplete magnesium: ◾ Consumption of caffeine ◾ Consumption of sugar (It takes 287 molecules of magnesium to metabolize a single glucose molecule! source) ◾ Consumption of processed food ◾ Consumption of alcohol ◾ Consumption of produce from depleted soil ◾ Consumption of foods high in phytic acid Additionally. or both. or from mineral-rich glacial runoff. Urban sources of drinking water are usually from surface water. creating a nearly insoluble mineral compound that ends up deposited in the bones. Even many bottled mineral waters are quite low in magnesium. Water was once a good source of magnesium. and certain antibiotics (among others) deplete magnesium levels. in fact. depleting it of its natural magnesium. insulin. many hybrids are selectively bred to survive low levels of magnesium and most conventional fertilizers use nitrogen. drugs like birth control pills. Sweating often from exercise or other causes can also deplete magnesium. Where Has All The Magnesium Gone? Unfortunately. could be an excellent source of magnesium—if it comes from deep wells that have magnesium at their source. diuretics.Magnesium Deficiency can Cause Health Problems.
Unfortunately. some dietary surveys have suggested that a higher magnesium intake may reduce the risk of having a stroke . Low magnesium levels are often diagnosed by symptoms alone. These studies suggest that consuming recommended amounts of magnesium may be beneficial to the cardiovascular system. the National Institutes of Health website states that: Some observational surveys have associated higher blood levels of magnesium with lower risk of coronary heart disease [50-51]. the answer is likely yes in today’s world. Are You Deficient? As I said above. blood tests are relatively ineffective in gauging magnesium levels as less than 1% of magnesium is in the blood. as over 80% of tested adults are.Magnesium Deficiency can Cause Health Problems. and the following symptoms can point to low magnesium levels: ◾ Inability to sleep or insomnia ◾ irritability ◾ sensitivity to noise ◾ mental disturbances http://wellnessmama.com/3610/are-you-low-on-magnesium/ 30-May-13 . There is also evidence that low body stores of magnesium increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms.Are You Low? Page 3 of 5 ◾ Promotes restful sleep ◾ Helps prevent congestive heart failure ◾ Eases muscle cramps and spasms ◾ Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides ◾ Decreases insulin resistance ◾ Can prevent artherosclerosis and stroke ◾ End cluster and migraine headaches ◾ Enhances circulation ◾ Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain ◾ Treats asthma and emphysema ◾ Helps make proteins ◾ Encourages proper elimination ◾ Prevents osteoporosis ◾ Proper Vitamin D absorption ◾ protection from radiation ◾ To aid weight loss ◾ Lessen or remove ADD or ADHD in children ◾ in proper carbohydrate digestion ◾ emerging evidence is showing a preventative role in many cancers ◾ (source) Even though magnesium deficiency is rarely addressed in medical settings. In addition. which may increase the risk of complications after a heart attack .
I often recommend magnesium supplementation to clients who struggle with the above symptoms. There are several ways to supplement.Are You Low? Page 4 of 5 ◾ anxiety. For this reason. On top of that. depression or restlessness ◾ muscle soreness or spasms ◾ infertility or PMS ◾ high levels of stress ◾ Headaches ◾ Heart “flutters” or palpitations ◾ fatigue or unusual tiredness ◾ coldness in extremities ◾ fuzzy brain or difficulty concentrating ◾ allergies and sensitivities ◾ lack of appetite ◾ back pain ◾ body odor ◾ bad short term memory ◾ poor coordination ◾ insulin resistance ◾ carbohydrate cravings ◾ constipation ◾ frequent cavities or poor dental health ◾ gut disorders ◾ kidney stones ◾ thyroid problems If you have more than one of the above symptoms and especially if you have more than five. as high doses will not be completely absorbed at first and most will be wasted.com/3610/are-you-low-on-magnesium/ 30-May-13 . it will be difficult to raise your levels enough through diet alone. have poor gut bacteria or suffer from a number of other conditions. and a mixture of more than one type of magnesium supplementation seems to be most effective. most foods are depleted of their natural magnesium levels and the water supply is lacking also. The best ways to supplement with magnesium are: http://wellnessmama. sea vegetables. though if you have a deficiency. and is even more difficult to absorb if you are deficient or are low in vitamin D. magnesium is often not well absorbed by the digestive track. Leafy green vegetables. it is highly likely that you could benefit from magnesium supplementation.Magnesium Deficiency can Cause Health Problems. How To Get Enough Magnesium Unfortunately. It is important to start slow and work up. kelp and especially nettle (in herb form available here) are good dietary sources of magnesium.
◾ In transdermal form by using Magnesium oil applied to skin. especially if you show multiple symptoms. I’d definitely encourage at least trying magnesium supplementation to see if it can improve your symptoms. If you’d like to learn more about the importance of magnesium and its various actions in the body. From this dose. I use all three of the above options and the most noticeable effects I’ve seen since using it (and notice when I forget to take it) are: my body odor has gone away. I have great mental clarity most of the time.com/3610/are-you-low-on-magnesium/ 30-May-13 . I’d actually advice at least two of the above forms.Are You Low? Page 5 of 5 ◾ In powder form with a product like Natural Calm so that you can vary your dose and work up slowly. This is often the most effective option for those with damaged digestive tract or severe deficiency. or if you are on a no grain diet or consume any processed or conventionally produced food.Magnesium Deficiency can Cause Health Problems. you should be able to gradually increase your dose until your symptoms disappear. I’ve also seen great improvements in my dental health. Do you take magnesium? Have you noticed any benefit? Share below! http://wellnessmama. and my sleep is greatly improved. The easiest way to gauge your dose is to start at half of the recommended dose and work up (even above it) until you experience loose stools and then back off slightly. If you experience any of the symptoms above. I’d suggest the book The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean. Personally. including transdermal supplementation. though this is also in part because of my dental regimen (full post on that coming soon). ◾ In ionic liquid form so that it can be added to food and drinks and dose can be worked up slowly.