What Causes Magnesium Deficiency
Modern farming techniques deplete mineral and vitamins from the soil in which your food is grown. This is especially true for fields treated with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides.
This means that foods grown on these depleted soils do not contain a lot of magnesium.
Certain medical conditions can also make it more difficult for your body to absorb this mineral.
How Chronic Stress Depletes Your Body of Magnesium
The relationship between magnesium and stress is very complex. In one study, it was found that chronically stressed individuals had much lower magnesium levels when compared with control groups. And those who had healthy magnesium levels to begin with showed fewer signs of stress. Basically, stress can lead to magnesium loss in the body, but having more than enough magnesium stores can help protect against stress.
Leo Galland, MD explains the process further: “Chronic stress depletes your body of magnesium. The more stressed you are, the greater the loss of magnesium. The lower your magnesium level to begin with, the more reactive to stress you become and the higher your level of adrenalin in stressful situations. Higher adrenaline causes greater loss of magnesium from cells. Administering magnesium as a nutritional supplement breaks this vicious cycle by raising blood magnesium levels and buffering the response to stress, building your resistance.”
Risk factors for magnesium deficiency include (2):
- Kidney disease
- Crohn’s disease or other conditions that affect digestion
- Parathyroid problems
- Taking antibiotics or drugs for diabetes and cancer
- Old age
- Abusing alcohol
How To Get More Magnesium
Many people take magnesium supplements, but they don’t always take the right kind.
Small studies have found that magnesium in the aspartate, citrate, lactate, and chloride forms is absorbed more completely and is more bioavailable than magnesium oxide and magnesium sulfate (1).
If you do choose to take magnesium supplements, speak to your doctor to make sure that you get adequate levels of calcium, and Vitamins K2 and D3 since these nutrients interact together and improve absorption.