How to Determine if You are Suffering from a Magnesium Deficiency

Heath McAllister, ND

Licensed naturopathic doctors in Los Angeles discuss magnesium deficiency

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Feel chronically tired?

Do you ever feel like you just can’t shake that feeling of being tired? You can’t lower your blood pressure, you’re feeling down and you’ve been suffering from insomnia. If you’ve been feeling this way, then you are not alone.

Millions of people worldwide suffer from similar symptoms everyday. The cause for many may be a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body and needs to be consumed regularly.

People who become exhausted during exercise, even from stretching out, are most likely suffering from a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is both an important mineral and important electrolyte that is crucial for the proper functioning of your body.

Is magnesium really important?

Magnesium works throughout your entire body like a lubricant. For example, magnesium thins the blood, relaxes the blood vessels, blocks excess calcium uptake and inhibits blood clots. Aspirin works very similarly to the way that magnesium does. Therefore, if you get an extra boost from Aspirin, you may have a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is rich in many foods, such as whole grains, brown rice, almonds, spinach, roasted pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chocolate and sunflower seeds.

The primary reason for a magnesium deficiency is the consumption of processed foods rather than preparing healthy meals at home. If this pattern is combined with job stress and craving sugar for energy, we have a serious problem.

How to detect a deficiency

Some of the possible symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are:

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Lethargy

  • Insomnia

  • Impaired memory

  • Hypertension

  • Migraines or headaches

  • Anger or aggression

  • Muscular pain

  • Brain fog

What to Do Now?

Magnesium deficiency is a serious problem. Although conventional medicine is still performing research, it is difficult to determine the adequate levels of magnesium in the body because magnesium doesn’t stay in your blood.

The deficiency can also cause many problems such as heart disease, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, kidney stones, and even osteoporosis. The best way to treat this deficiency is to be aware of your magnesium levels. You should eat foods rich in magnesium such as dark chocolate…Good news for chocolate lovers! The next time that you’re craving chocolate, it might be your body giving you a signal that it needs magnesium to make you feel mentally and physically stronger.

You can also apply magnesium oil directly to your skin. An easy approach is to use Epsom salts. Epsom salts are composed of magnesium sulphate which is absorbed through your skin.


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