The Challenge of Magnesium Deficiency
Review these 8 commons signs of magnesium deficiency to see if they sound familiar…
From slight passing tension to intense migraines, headaches can indicate low magnesium levels. This is because magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation and cellular function.
- Muscle pain and cramps
Muscle pain and cramping can arise for a variety of reasons. Potassium deficiency is usually held responsible; however, this condition can also suggest magnesium deficiency especially if the muscle cramps occur while you are sleeping.
- Osteoporosis or frequent bone fractures
When it comes to bone strength, people usually think of calcium. But, did you know that calcium cannot do its job without magnesium? Magnesium plays a significant role in not only strengthening your bones, but also building muscle to support those bones.
- Diabetes or imbalanced blood sugar
Blood sugar imbalance is not to be taken lightly, especially if you have diabetes. Mid-day fatigue, adrenal fatigue, or simple lack of energy may be tied to low magnesium. For, magnesium is a critical mineral for optimizing glucose absorption.
- High blood pressure
Stress, diet, and yes, even magnesium deficiency can elevate your blood pressure. And unchecked high blood pressure is never a safe course of action. Fortunately, magnesium offers a natural, non-pharmaceutical method by which to lower your blood pressure.
Again, short or long-term stress from your work or personal life can keep you awake at night. But if all your better sleep techniques have failed, take a look at your magnesium level. Magnesium’s ability to relax your muscles also effects your sleeping patterns.
- Anxiety and Depression
These mood imbalances may or may not be accompanied by insomnia, but your magnesium level is certainly still at play. Magnesium is an overall body relaxer and that includes relaxing your mind! After all, research continues to prove that mental health influences your overall health.
- Constipation & Irregularity
Digestive health is a major indicator of overall health, so interruptions in your regularity should never be ignored. Constipation specifically can be a manifestation of magnesium deficiency because magnesium aids in bowel movement.
Do any of these Magnesium challenges apply to you?
While there are many foods, particularly vegetables, that provided good sources of magnesium, deficiencies may need to be addressed with supplementation. It is best to avoid the urge to go and just buy any old magnesium supplement as not all are of the same quality.
Furthermore, only a qualified naturopath is able to assess WHY your magnesium levels may be low – is it due to low intake, poor diet, stress, impaired absorption, heavy metal toxicity or any other possible cause? Treating a symptom without addressing the cause only offers temporary relief while it may in fact be causing further imbalances in your body’s biochemistry.
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