Magnesium deficiency can cause serious health conditions.
Magnesium is a necessary element for proper functioning of the body. Doctors use it for patients in the case of arrhythmia, constipation or a preparation for a colonoscopy.
Additionally, high doses of intravenous magnesium are given to pregnant women who come in with pre-term labor or high blood pressure. Magnesium is known for its ability to reduce muscle tension, so whenever you feel muscle cramps it’s because you are low in magnesium.
Magnesium is involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and is found in all body tissues, mainly in the brain, bones, and muscles. As you can see, this mineral is essential for your mental health as well.
The problem is that half of the population in the United States lacks this important mineral.
The following symptoms indicate that your body needs magnesium:
- Breathing problems
- Anal spasms
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic constipation
- Type 2 diabetes
- Increased sensitivity to pain and muscle stiffness
- Severe headaches
- High blood pressure
- Overactive bladder
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep disorders
- Mood swings
- Developing kidney stones
- Menstrual cramps
- Weight gain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Sound sensitivity
- Difficulty swallowing
Nowadays, people have got used to modern diets, which consist of processed foods, mostly based on white flour, sugar, and salt. Processed meat and dairy products are part of their diet almost every day. On the other hand, nuts, fruits and vegetables are hardly consumed.
Moreover, the levels of magnesium are reduced due to antibiotic use, diuretics, salt, caffeine, chronic stress, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, chronic diarrhea, excessive sweating, heavy menstrual bleeding, and intestinal parasites.
Also, this mineral is not easily absorbed, so it needs vitamin D, B6, and selenium to promote its absorption.
What should you do in order to prevent magnesium deficiency?
- Medications such as diuretics and high blood pressure drugs can lead to low magnesium, as they interfere with magnesium absorption. So, it is necessary to avoid them.
- Reduce coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol consumption.
- Engage in relaxing activity.
- Consume magnesium-rich foods such as parsley, figs, almonds, garlic, soy beans, rye, avocado, kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, cashews, buckwheat, tofu, rice, dates, collard greens, barley, dandelion, and greens.
- A bath soak with Epsom salts reduces muscle cramps and improves your blood circulation. Epsom salt is a compound of magnesium and sulfate.
- Take magnesium supplements. The recommended ones are: glycinate taurate, magnesium citrate and magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate). You should avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. These magnesium supplements are poorly absorbed.
- Your body needs at least 300 mg of magnesium daily.
- If you are experiencing a kidney disease or heart disease, you should consult your health care provider before taking magnesium.