You Need Magnesium – 8 Signs you’re suffering from low Magnesium
Did you know 80% of people are deficient in Magnesium? Are you getting enough in your nutrition? My favorite way to support healthy Magnesium levels is in healthy whole foods (fruits and veggies). Magnesium plays a huge role in the body; so how are you feeling? Sluggish? Poor circulation? Anxiety? High blood pressure? Lack of Magnesium may be the culprit… let’s see if you’re lacking. I’m here to help.
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral that we need in our body. It’s actually the fourth most abundant mineral in our body. It’s found in our bones, red blood cells, and teeth. It is also an essential element that we need for proper functioning of our cardiovascular, muscular, and nervous systems. Also, it serves as a building block for our DNA.
Do you have enough Magnesium?
Since it’s rather difficult to be (blood) tested for Magnesium, only 1% of Magnesium is found in our blood, and only .3% is found in blood serum. So ask yourself these simple questions:
- Do you drink a lot of carbonated beverages? (Dark) carbonated sodas leech out Magnesium, not allowing it to be available to our body.
- Do you eat a lot of sweets? Aside from sweets (candy, pastries, desserts) not having nutritional value, refined sugar strips away Magnesium entirely.
- How about stress? Do you have a lot of stress in your life? Stress definitely causes Magnesium deficiency. When you have a stressful life, Magnesium is used up quickly to protect the body from illness.
- Do you drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol? (don’t worry, I’m not trying to take away your cup o Joe or glass of “fermented grapes”) Magnesium is controlled by the kidneys. With drinking excess of caffeine, it affects the kidneys, causing extra release of Magnesium which aids with Magnesium deficiency. And alcohol lowers Magnesium to the cells by increasing the secretions by the kidneys.
Need for Magnesium
This mineral is a powerhouse for our bodies. Given that it’s our 4th most abundant mineral in our body, it plays an important role. Our body cannot produce it, so we need to consume it (by eating Magnesium rich foods, such as kale – spinach – seeds). Researchers and scientists believe this awesome mineral may play a role in preventing or treating tons of health issues like heart disease, autism, asthma, MS, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and PMS. Studies continue to learn more about Magnesium and these illnesses.
Signs and Symptoms You May be Magnesium Deficient
Magnesium is involved in such a wide range of bodily functions (and reactions), symptoms of deficiency can vary widely. Most common:
- Weight gain – you just cannot shed the pounds
- Headaches – if you suffer headaches, you may have low Magnesium. Having normal Magnesium levels can help alleviate headaches. So next time you are suffering, grab some Magnesium Spray (link SG) before grabbing a pill.
- Muscle weakness – Magnesium relaxes muscles. When you lack Magnesium, muscles contract, making them cramp and weak
- High blood pressure – Magnesium relaxes the body, including the blood vessels. Magnesium helps get the blood moving in the vessels.
- Poor circulation- goes with the inability to relax the vessels to allow blood to flow
- Seizures- blood vessel circulation issue
- Anxiety – it may not be the cure, but Magnesium makes your body relax and not be so tensed up
- Restless Sleep – Magnesium is known to promote relaxation. Taking Magnesium supplements may help your levels, and give you a restful sleep
You’re Deficient, Now What?
I recommend always going to the source of Magnesium, which are whole foods that contain high source of Magnesium. Foods like spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, almonds, figs, bananas, avocados, black beans, kefir, even dark chocolate (dark, not milk chocolate) contain Magnesium. Rule of thumb is dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds have Magnesium. And sometimes that’s all a person needs, but sometimes people need more than finding it in their food.
Sometimes supplements are needed. But don’t go crazy and take too much. For females, the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is approximately 310mg and for males, it’s approximately 400mg (1). When taking pill supplements, make sure it meets the RDA standards. Remember, not all Magnesium supplements are the same. Magnesium Glycinate and Magnesium Citrate are absorbed much better in the body than any other forms of Magnesium. While some people can take pills, others cannot. Magnesium oil is another alternative. Magnesium oil is a spray that goes on topically. No need for ingesting those big pills that are difficult to swallow. Once a person sprays the Magnesium oil on, it starts absorbing in one’s skin right away. It’s a process called transdermal, meaning it’s a method of delivering the minerals to the body via the skin. Really it’s not different than when a person applies a muscle rub on an achy muscle. Remember, the skin is the largest organ, and what gets applied on it will be transdermally absorbed. And unlike pill taking, where one can take too many, transdermal application doesn’t have that concern. The skin is quite amazing; it has a unique ability to self-regulate the absorption through the skin, therefore giving little concern for taking too much.
I tend to like and use Magnesium oil. It’s quick, no smell, no big pill swallowing. I spray in on at night before going to bed and fall asleep quicker (yes, Magnesium helps in sleeping). If you choose to go the pill route, Amazon has a selection with reviews you can read. I’m not a physician, so please consult with your doctor, as people with low blood pressure and certain heart conditions may not be able to use Magnesium.
Most people are lacking in Magnesium, about 80% of us. And the longer you go without proper Magnesium levels, the more likely you’ll have more symptoms. Help yourself feel better, or help your friends and family, and focus on the symptoms and consider if it’s a Magnesium deficiency. Because it is easy to fix the problem by eating Magnesium filled whole foods and taking supplements. But remember things take time to heal, and that goes with leveling your Magnesium. Be fair to yourself and give yourself a couple few weeks to build up the Magnesium in your body. One or two bowls of spinach will not be the immediate fix. Patience. Happy eating!
*this product is not intended to replace, diagnose, treat, cure, and prevent any diseases. Always consult with your physician. Statements not evaluated by the FDA.