Magnesium deficiency is highly prevalent. However, the symptoms are so common that they often go unnoticed. Barely anyone, especially doctors, realize that the ailments we suffer from on a daily basis are actually magnesium deficiency symptoms. Almost anyone you come into contact with – especially those with a health problem, but also those with only minor complaints – are suffering in some form from magnesium deficiency.
In addition to being a mineral, magnesium is also an electrolyte. Electrolytes are responsible for all electrical activity in our bodies, including brain conductivity, heartbeat, and muscle movement. Magnesium is essential, as without it we lose the energy and conductivity required to sustain life. Magnesium is a co-factor in over three hundred reactions in the body. It is necessary for cardiovascular health, temperature regulation, transmission of nerve impulses, formation of bones and teeth and detoxification within the liver.
SYMPTOMS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include constipation, high blood pressure (hypertension), anxiety, depression, insomnia, lethargy, impaired memory/concentration or slow thinking, muscle cramps, headaches, migraines and muscular pain…and the list goes on! Almost everyone shows signs of magnesium deficiency, we just don’t realize it.
REASONS OF DEFICIENCY – INCREASED NUTRITIONAL NEEDS
There are a vast number of people who require more magnesium than others. Athletes and people who participate in regular physical activity require additional magnesium to replenish what is lost through sweating.
More commonly however, we develop magnesium deficiency due to our poor diets and high stress levels. Refined/processed foods are stripped of their vitamin, mineral and fibre content. They are referred to as anti-nutrient foods because they actually steal magnesium from our bodies in order to be metabolized. When consumed, they demand that we supplement with magnesium or we are destined for severe deficiency.
Reduced Soil Magnesium
Consider your diet to be healthy? Unfortunately, processed foods are not the only foods which are devoid of magnesium. Due to the pesticides which are sprayed on all conventionally grown plants and worldwide pollution, magnesium has been depleted from our soil, thus reducing dietary intake overall whilst our dietary needs have inflated.
Increased Exposure to Toxins
Increased exposure to drugs and chemicals strip our levels of magnesium as well. Magnesium is depleted by several pharmaceutical drugs and oestrogen compounds, including oral contraceptives, antibiotics, steroid medications and blood pressure medication. The diuretic effects of caffeine in tea and coffee also increase excretion levels.
Our water now contains fluoride, which competes for absorption with magnesium.
Given our busy lives, stress plays a tremendous factor in our reduced magnesium levels. Stress hormone production requires elevated levels of magnesium and stressful experiences deplete magnesium stores.
Increased Sugar Intake
Studies demonstrate that we are consuming more sugar than ever before, and for each molecule of sugar we eat, our bodies require 54 molecules of magnesium to process it.
COULD MAGNESIUM BENEFIT YOU?
Most anything which causes you to feel tense and/or tight could potentially be a result of magnesium deficiency. Individuals with chronic illnesses tend to benefit immensely from magnesium supplementation as chronic illness causes stress, and stress depletes magnesium! Listed below are some of the conditions which are likely to involve magnesium deficiency:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Heart palpitations
- Heart disease
- Kidney stones; and
WHAT ARE THE 3 BEST WAYS TO NATURALLY INCREASE YOUR MAGNESIUM INTAKE?
- Eat magnesium rich foods grown on organic soil.
- Spray it onto your skin.
- Bathe in Epsom salts.
The evidence is clear – we could all benefit from more magnesium!! Supplementation is often required of this essential nutrient BUT be wary of poorer quality supplements such as Magnesium Oxide, so badly permeable to the blood from our gut that it often causes loose bowel motions! Speak to your Lucy Rose Clinic practitioner today about which form and dose of magnesium is best for you.