Are You Deficient in Magnesium?
Magnesium has earned it’s name as the “ relaxation mineral ” and for good reasons. Achiness, irritability and cramps are all symptoms of magnesium deficiency (5).
Magnesium is involved in a wide variety of systems, including cardiovascular, neural, muscular, bone and hormone health. With it’s primary job being monitoring the flow of calcium to the cell, you really can’t have healthy cells without it (6).
Stress comes into play when the body undergoes rapid change due to anxiety. Each cell in the body responds differently to this change and needs the right kind of hormonal and chemical balance to handle it (7).
Unfortunately the foods high in magnesium, such as seaweed, nuts, greens, and beans, are not commonly eaten in an American diet.
If you think you may be suffering from magnesium deficiency, be aware of the following symptoms:
- Behavioral disturbances
- Increase intracellular calcium
- Calcium Deficiency
- Potassium Deficiency
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- Growth retardation or “failure to thrive” (among children)
- Involuntary eye movements and vertigo
- Difficulty swallowing
- Muscle Spasm
- Muscle Cramps
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Anorexia or loss of appetite
- Impaired memory and cognitive function
Magnesium deficiency has also been linked to inflammation, which is considered to be the root cause of many diseases. One study found that “inflammatory indicators in the body such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF (tumor necrosis factor alpha), and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced when magnesium intake was increased.” Inflammation that was found within the artery walls was also reduced with magnesium (8).
Here are some tips on how to stop draining your body of Magnesium (10).
- Limit your intake of caffeine, salt, alcohol and sugar.
- Take up relaxing practices such as meditation, journaling, and deep breathing to reduce stress.
- Avoid eating junk food and increase your intake of whole foods.
- Soak up in epsom salt baths.
Making these lifestyle changes isn’t going to be easy but it’s definitely worth it!