Magnesium plays a huge role in the inner workings of our bodies and is probably in the top 5 of the most important elements needed by the body. It is found in over 300 different enzymes in the body responsible for blood sugar regulation, bones and teeth structure, blood vessel relaxation, proper bowl function, heart muscle actions, and lots more. Magnesium is also responsible for the bodies detoxification process.
Deficiency in magnesium is said to lead to many other diseases because it effects every organ in your body. It can also cause low calcium and potassium levels. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are similar to diabetes, probably because deficiency in this mineral can actually be a predictor of diabetes and heart disease. Like diabetes and heart disease, magnesium deficiency is brought on by both diet and lifestyle.
The two main causes of magnesium deficiency is stress and often prescription medication, the others are processed foods, sodas, high fat diet, large sugar consumption, and of course a low magnesium diet. Many prescription meds rob our bodies of most of its vitamins and minerals. The ones that deplete magnesium are, certain antibiotics, diuretics, birth control pills, some heart medications, and asthma medications.
Way to avoid becoming deficient in this mineral is to, eat a diet high in magnesium and try to avoid stress. Dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, some fish, beans and lentils, whole grains, avocados, figs, and bananas are all high in magnesium. If you are on medication that may deplete this mineral or live a stressful life you want to make sure to eat many of these foods or even take a magnesium supplement.
In today’s medicine magnesium deficiency tends to be overlooked. We have to empower ourselves take control of our health and find out what our bodies may be missing and how to get it. By the time we are told by doctors there is a problem the “problem” has been in existence for quite some time. An estimated 80% of American are magnesium deficient. Are you apart of that estimate?
Here are some of the symptoms of Magnesium deficiency:
Seizures (and tantrums)
PMS and hormonal imbalances
Inability to sleep
Muscle tension, spasm and cramps
Calcification of organs
Weakening of the bones
Abnormal heart rhythm
Sores or bruises that heal slowly
Dry, itchy skin
Unexplained weight loss
Blurry vision that changes from day to day
Unusual tiredness or drowsiness
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections
Physical and mental fatigue
Persistent under-eye twitch
Tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck
Pre-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness