The master element of Magnesium is responsible for hundreds of metabolic processes in the body.
Being deficient in magnesium can cause a wide array of health issues that can be disguised as other problems making a diagnosis difficult.
The Importance of Magnesium
Magnesium is necessary for the proper transportation of calcium throughout the body. Calcium needs other nutrients such as Silica, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K in order to help allow it to become one with bone. Excessive calcium intake has been linked to heart health issues because it stays in the blood rather than being absorbed into the bone as intended and ends up calcifying into arterial plaque.
Magnesium plays a part in numerous parts of the body. It is an anti-inflammatory mineral, which offers protection against illnesses like arthritis and Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory issues and more. In many cases, just raising magnesium levels can have a profoundly positive effect.
Are You Showing Symptoms?
You may experience the following alone or in combination as signals:
- Inability to sleep or insomnia
- Sensitivity to noise
- Mental disturbances
- Anxiety, depression or restlessness
- Muscle soreness or spasms
- Infertility or PMS
- High levels of stress
- 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
- Frequent cavities or poor dental health
- Gut disorders
- Kidney stones
- Thyroid problems
- PMS symptoms
Because of modern farming methods, our soils are depleted of not only magnesium but also many other trace minerals that used to be present. The Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium is 240 to 420 milligrams. *Some doctors feel it should be nearly double the RDA.
Your doctor can test your Magnesium levels by using an Exa Test. Blood tests alone are not generally accurate because magnesium works inside your cells, not just in the bloodstream.
Even if you are not able to visit a doctor, paying attention to your body can alert you to the need for extra magnesium supplementation.
- Eating processed food (depleted of minerals)
- Drinking alcohol
- Drinking fluoridated water
- Drugs like birth control pills, hypertension medicine, diuretics, insulin, and certain antibiotics
If You Suspect a Deficiency
There are a few options!
1. Increase magnesium-rich foods in your diet.
- Dark Chocolate
- Black beans
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame, Pumpkin, Sunflower seeds
- Brown Rice
- Dried Figs
2. Magnesium Citrate oral supplementation is among the most readily absorbed forms of Magnesium. *If you experience an irregular heartbeat, slowed breathing or diarrhea lower the dosage. (This is rare and usually will only happen if you consume a great deal of magnesium, but its good to be aware).
3. Transdermal Magnesium – Magnesium Chloride, also known as Magnesium Oil, is a slippery brine solution taken from sea beds. Magnesium applied directly to the skin alleviates chronic pain and muscle cramps. If you are deficient, it can actually sting a little bit during or after application.
If Magnesium Deficiency is indeed causing you physical issues, once you begin supplementing you should begin to notice a difference within a few days.
If symptoms persist even though you are getting more Magnesium, you may want to seek additional medical advice.
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