Are You In Need Of Magnesium?
For many of us the answer is “Yes”. Although magnesium is an abundant mineral on earth, most of us are deficient in this essential mineral. Not only because we aren’t eating the right kind of foods, but our foods are being depleted of their natural magnesium levels by our modern farming processes.
Why Do We Need Magnesium?
Magnesium is often called the “master mineral” because it is that important for your body and overall health.
Here’s a quick overview why your body needs magnesium:
- Used in over 300 enzyme reactions
- Bone and teeth health
- Normal blood pressure
- Builds muscle strength
- Needed for vitamin D assimilation
- Aids weight loss and digestion
- Increases bioavailability of calcium
- Helpful for pregnancy
- Essential for nerve health
- Anti-stress mineral
- Preventing heart diseases
Am I Magnesium Deficient?
An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Americans isn’t getting enough magnesium, so there may be a good chance that you are one of those.
Here are the most common symptoms of a magnesium deficiency:
- Sleeping disorder
- Frequent headaches or migraine attacks
- Stress, depression, or anxiety
- Digestive disorders
- Lack of appetite
- Bad short term memory
- Mood swings or irritability
- Abnormal heart beat
- Muscle cramps and spasms
- Coldness in extremities
- Carbohydrate cravings
- Insulin resistance
- Kidney stones
- Sensitive to noise
- Thyroid issues
If you have some of the above symptoms, then there is a good chance you are deficient in magnesium. Not sure? Contact your doctor for a magnesium test.
How To Get More Magnesium Into Your Body
Although some people may benefit from magnesium supplementation, especially when you’re having very low levels and suffering from many of the above symptoms, I’m not a huge fan of supplements and powders.
Best foods with highest levels of magnesium:
Dietary and Lifestyle Factors That Deplete Magnesium
For most of us it is already a big challenge to eat the right kind of foods to meet our daily need, other additional factors can also deplete magnesium and should be avoided.
- Sugar (FYI: you need 280 magnesium molecule to metabolize one sugar molecule!)
- Processed foods
- Produce from depleted soil
- Birth control pills
Like mentioned above, if you have really low levels and struggling with lots of magnesium related issues, supplementing with magnesium can help you to refill your magnesium levels. But keep in mind, a healthy diet should provide you with enough magnesium, so only take supplements when needed and make sure to change your diet.
Epsom salts are another great way to help your body replenish magnesium. Here’s a good bath recipe for you to try.
Here are a few trusted magnesium supplements and bath salts for you to try:
Are you magnesium deficient? How are you getting your daily need of magnesium into your diet? Please share your thought with us in the comment box below.
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