Magnesium deficiency symptoms are so common, they almost always slip under the radar.
From a simple headache, to a complicated issue like a seizure, magnesium deficiency is the culprit in many health conditions.
Few people ever notice that the symptoms they complain about is because of a magnesium deficiency.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MAGNESIUM IN MY BODY?
Magnesium deficiency is associated with so many health disorders hat Dr Carolyn, Dean of the Nutritional Magnesium Association, wrote a book on it called The Magnesium Miracle.
In the book she discusses how she has treated thousands of patients for different diseases.
Conventional medicine has not woken up to the research done on magnesium deficiency and magnesium deficiency symptoms.
One reason Western Medicine is so off base is because they use blood tests to detect magnesium deficiencies in their patients. But blood tests yield no information about magnesium because the human body is strict in controlling blood magnesium levels.
If your blood magnesium levels drop just a bit, you will have a heart attack.
To prevent cardiac arrest, your body will rob all of its cells, tissues and bones of magnesium to keep blood levels constant.
If you do a blood test to detect a magnesium deficiency, your cells can be depleted while blood levels stay constant. 99% Of magnesium in your body gets stored in the cells that get "robbed", while a mere 1% is in your blood.
Thus blood tests are a complete waste of time. The sad fact is: doctors are not educated in this regard.
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:
LACK OF ENERGY, FATIGUE AND INSOMNIA
We experience low levels of energy when our adrenal glands become overworked. Magnesium is responsible to recover adrenal glands. Low energy levels causes you to become more stressed, and stress depletes the magnesium levels in your body. With low magnesium levels, your body cannot relax and that leads to sleep disturbances, which can turn into insomnia.
Insomnia causes fatigue and fatigue causes a lack of energy.
Feeling tired and like you have no energy all the time is a strong sign that you don't have enough magnesium in your body.
STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Stress hormone production calls for high levels of magnesium; and stressful experiences can lead to the complete depletion of available levels. When you stress, the little magnesium you have available is depleted. Without enough magnesium you become even more stressed, anxious, and often depressed...
Thus we have a vicious cycle with dangerous consequences.
Furthermore, magnesium limits the release of stress hormones; and at the same time acts as a filter to prevent such hormones from entering the brain.
Many studies prove that magnesium reduces stress, anxiety, and even depression.
Muscle cramps are one of the oldest known symptoms of magnesium deficiency. This is because magnesium helps your muscles to relax. Without it, your muscles would always be in contraction. Without enough magnesium, your muscles can cause you a great deal of discomfort.
Do you crave chocolate? Why, when people become stressed out, do they reach for chocolate? Chocolate is one of the highest food sources of magnesium!
Chocolate cravings are one of the most common magnesium deficiency symptoms.
OTHER MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Behavioural disturbances
- Impaired memory/thinking
- Chronic aches and pains
- Headaches and migraines
- Anger and aggression
- Foggy brain
Full-blown health problems tie back to magnesium deficiency. Most people with chronic diseases or issues benefit from supplementation therapy. The reason is because chronic illness equals stress, and stress depletes this crucial mineral at a rapid pace.
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition writes:
"... Patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neurovegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome."
The article referenced above also mentions neurovegetative disorders as a possible result of magnesium deficiency.
WHY ARE WE SO DEFICIENT?
We're being poisoned by our food.
2. We're increasingly stressed out. We're running our engines on high to keep up with life and it's draining us. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences lead to depletion.
3. We're eating more sugar than ever. For every molecule of sugar we consume, our bodies use 54 molecules of magnesium to process it.
4. Modern farming techniques deplete stores of magnesium.
5. Pharmaceutical drugs and oestrogen compounds such as oral contraceptives, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone and blood pressure medicine deplete magnesium ("Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook" - Pelton, 2001).
6. Diuretics in coffee and tea (caffeine) also raise excretion levels of magnesium.
7. Fluoride competes for absorption with magnesium.
WELL, WHAT IF I EAT A HEALTHY DIET?
Processed products are not the only foods devoid of magnesium.
Pesticides and herbicides contaminate almost all farming soil and as a consequence depletes magnesium levels in the soil.
Even a clean field can become tainted because of the vast amounts of pesticides and herbicides in neighbouring fields and in the air.
Also, pesticides kill beneficial bacteria and fungi necessary for plant nutrition.
HOW CAN I GET ENOUGH MAGNESIUM IN MY BODY?
1. Stay away from refined and processed foods which no longer have minerals, vitamins and fibre. What's worse, processed foods steal magnesium because our bodies use more magnesium to metabolise it.
2. Try to buy all your fruits and vegetables from local organic farmers. You may pay more, but paying more is better than not taking care of your body and paying with your life!
3. Supplement with a brand you can trust, like Metabole.
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Author: Melissa Niemann
Metabole Online Marketing Partner & Freelance Writer
Melissa has a degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She happily gave up a corporate life for writing and art, and has never looked back.
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