In case you are not aware of the importance of magnesium for your health, it is important to know that this mineral takes part in more than 300 metabolic processes in the body. The deficiency of this mineral can cause severe health issues so you must pay attention to the symptoms your body gives you when you lack magnesium.
What does it do?
Magnesium is needed for the proper function of almost every organ in the body including your heart, kidneys and muscles. Deficiency in magnesium can cause abnormal heart rhythms, fatigue, weakness, eye twitches and muscle spasms. This mineral is found in more than 300 different enzymes in the body and plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes, it is important for helping to prevent damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins.
The other crucial health benefits of magnesium include:
- Proper transportation of calcium, silica, vitamin D, vitamin K, and obviously magnesium.
- Activating muscles and nerves
- Creating energy in the body
- Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
- Serves as building blocks for RNA and DNA synthesis
- Acting as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin
How do we get magnesium?
Most of the magnesium we get comes from the food we eat, however modern farming methods have caused decreased amounts of this mineral in the soil. Organic foods are richest in magnesium because they are grown in nutrient-rich soils, however they are not always easy to find. You can also take supplements; however, you must know that there is no such thing as 100% magnesium supplement because it must be bound to another substance. Such substances affect the absorption of magnesium. The best sources for magnesium is magnesium threonate and citrate which penetrates the cell membranes providing you with more energy.
Besides taking a supplement, another way to improve your magnesium status is to take regular Epsom salt baths or foot baths. Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate that can absorb into your body through your skin. Magnesium oil can also be used for topical application and absorption. Whatever supplement you choose, be sure to avoid any containing magnesium stearate, which is a common but potentially hazardous additive.
Even though magnesium overdose does not cause any life-threatening conditions, it could lead to health issues such as slow breathing, irregular heartbeat and in some cases diarrhea.
How to tell if you’re getting enough magnesium?
Have you heard about the “bowel test” ? It’s the best way to tell if you are getting enough magnesium. If you have too much magnesium your stools become loose. However, this may be a blessing for people with constipation which is one of the many ways magnesium deficiency manifests.
Signs of a magnesium deficiency
Magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties and it can provide protection from many diseases including arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. It can also be beneficial for respiratory issues, diabetes, high blood pressure etc.
If you’ve recently had a blood test, you might assume it would show a magnesium deficiency. But only 1% of magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood, making a simple sample of magnesium from a serum magnesium blood test not very helpful.
This is because magnesium operates on a cellular level and accumulates in organ and nerve tissue, so even good results with blood testing are very often deceptive. Here are some telltale signs:
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Bowel Diseases
- Blood Clots
- Calcium Deficiency
- Difficulty Swallowing
- High Blood Pressure/Heart Disease
- Liver & Kidney Disease
- Muscle Cramps
- Nerve Problems/Tremors
- Personality Changes
- PMS, Infertility & Preeclampsia)
- Poor Heart Health
- Poor Memory
- Potassium Deficiency
- Respiratory Issues
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Tooth Decay
- Type II Diabetes
How to get more magnesium?
The magnesium supplements that are easiest for the body to absorb is those that contain magnesium citrate.
Magnesium chloride is also known as magnesium oil, though not really an oil, more of a briny solution from ancient sea beds. It is available through various online sources, so just Google magnesium oil products to locate some. You can also apply transdermal magnesium chloride topically to be absorbed internally through the skin.
Here are some of the top foods that can relieve you of any magnesium deficiency symptoms:
- Almonds & Cashews (other nuts)
- Beans & Lentils (Kidney, Soy & Black Beans)
- Dark Chocolate
- Dried Fruit (Figs)
- Pumpkin, Sesame & Sunflower Seeds
- Spinach (Dark Leafy Greens)
- Whole Grains (Brown Rice)