Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for our body as it is involved in 300 other metabolic processes. It is also called the “master mineral”. It is important for good bone health being one of the carriers of calcium across cell membranes, regulates blood pressure keeping it normal, builds muscle strength, helps in weight loss, and promotes peaceful sleep. If the body is magnesium deficient, it may be hard for calcium to reach the bones, creating a risk of heart disease by accumulating in the blood.
Why You Should You Care
Often times, doctors are unable to identify that patients are magnesium deficient because only 1 percent of magnesium is stored in blood and does not show up in the blood test. The recommended dietary allowance of magnesium based on age is between 240 to 420 milligrams, which some experts think should be higher because the vast majority of people are deficient.
Magnesium is a mineral that offers protection against diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s while controls diabetes, respiratory issues, ends migraine headaches, enhances circulation, helps make protein, and prevents kidney stone formation among other things.
Magnesium is also important in helping your body activate and use Vitamin D efficiently.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:
- Foot pain, cramps, or muscle twitches (often the first subtle signs of magnesium deficiency as most of the mineral is stored in tissues)
- Vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weakness
- Sensitivity to noise and irritability
- Anxiety, depression, or restlessness
- Headaches or palpitations
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Poor dental health
- Kidney stones,
- Gut disorder
- Thyroid problems
Why Does It Occur
There are many causes of magnesium deficiency such as the modern farming methods that deplete the soil of magnesium; use of conventional fertilizers that do not contain magnesium does nothing to replenish it. Also, water could be a good source of magnesium if it’s taken from deep wells. However, modern day water sources are usually from surface water such as rivers that are not sufficient in magnesium. Some human factors also contribute to less intake of magnesium such as higher consumption of other beverages such as caffeine. Consuming sugar, processed foods, alcohol, and certain drugs such as hypertension medicine, birth control pills, and some antibiotics also contribute to depleting magnesium levels.
How to Overcome It
Most people can take magnesium supplements safely and include more magnesium rich foods in their diet such as pumpkin seeds, black beans, spinach, almond, okra, squash, and cashews.
Since I am not a medical professional I always suggest consulting with your doctor or nutritionist before taking any new supplement.
What I Take
I’ve suffered some of the signs of being deficient such as muscle cramps and sensitivity to noise. I take a serving of Natural Vitality Calm raspberry/lemon flavor most nights before bed to help me relax and keep the muscle cramps at bay. Sometimes I mix the Natural Vitality Calm with my Strawberry Isalean Shake to give it a nice sweet/tart taste.
We use this oil to get it transdermally, too. Dr. Sirus has a great book about the benefits of transdermal use.