If you are suffering from magnesium deficiency you are falling into the majority of people in the US who are experiencing the same issue. The symptoms are relatively mild and could be mixed with other health problems, so you need to pay extra attention.
Even the doctors find it challenging to precisely detect these symptoms, which affect your health later.
This deficiency is more common than you think; so many people can lack magnesium without even knowing it!
Magnesium is the fourth most significant mineral the body needs to stay operative. Magnesium is not only a mineral, but also and electrolyte often found in ‘sports drinks” along with potassium and sodium. Athletes need these minerals especially because as they sweat, these nutrients are significantly lost. If lost, the body might experience muscle cramps.
However, the purpose of magnesium goes beyond just muscle cramp treatment. Electrolytes enable the body to remain active and basically alive, otherwise it would shut down. When magnesium is lacking from the organism, we start to lose energy and are prone to headaches that are only getting worse in time.
Magnesium is important for about 300 body functions, including transmitting nerve impulses, temperature regulation, liver detox, bone and teeth structure, etc.
Still, the most amazing job magnesium does is related to the cardiovascular system.
As the Weston A. Price foundation writes, “Magnesium alone can fulfill the role of many common cardiac medications: magnesium inhibits blood clots (like aspirin), thins the blood (like Coumadin), blocks calcium uptake (like calcium channel-blocking durgs such as Procardia) and relaxes blood vessels (like ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec) (Pelton, 2001).”
The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:
– Mood swings
– Disturbed memory
– Sleep problems
– Muscle cramps
– Constant back pain
– Brain blurriness
Tension and stress can definitely be related to magnesium deficiency, so pay close attention. People often ignore these signs and do not relate them to magnesium deficiency, which is exactly the case.
Magnesium supplement therapy is highly recommended if you are lacking this mineral.
You might also be suffering from one of the following conditions as a result of low levels of magnesium:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Heart Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Heart Palpitations
- Osteoporosis (yes, magnesium is more important than calcium for bone health!)
- Sudden Death in patients with Congestive Heart Failure
- Kidney Stones
“Similarly, patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neuro-vegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome.”
Also, you mind experience neuro-vegetative disorders due to lack of magnesium.
This is also related to comas. Stress needs magnesium so it can be treated, but when it lacks the brain gets extra burdened, which may lead to comas in already ill patients.
People in comas actually lack magnesium and the same is true for diabetics.
Chocolate is one of the biggest cravings that point out to magnesium deficiency. It is also one of the foods that contains high levels of magnesium. Dr. Carolyn Dead of the Nutritional Magnesium Association wrote a book on how magnesium deficiency can translate into a craving. Her book, The Magnesium Miracle is a mandatory read if you are experiencing magnesium deficiency.
Difficulty in Finding Magnesium in Tests
Blood tests are not the most accurate method to discover lack of magnesium in the body. Blood tests do not uncover any information of magnesium presence whatsoever and the reason for this is because the body is in charge of controlling the magnesium levels in the blood.
If this levels drops, we are likely to suffer a heart failure. By doing a blood test, the cells might be totally empty, while the blood levels are regular. Also, magnesium is not found in blood directly. It is located inside cells that are prone to robbing.
“A serum test for magnesium is actually worse than ineffective, because a test result that is within normal limits lends a false sense of security about the status of the mineral in the body.
It also explains why doctors don’t recognize magnesium deficiency; they assume serum magnesium levels are an accurate measure of all the magnesium in the body.” – Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Magnesium Miracle.
Reasons for Magnesium Deficiency
First of all, the food. We are constantly exposed to junk food that deprives the body of magnesium content. This food causes stress and lowers the existing magnesium levels in the blood.
Secondly, the consumption of sugar is absorbing all magnesium received in the body and disables it to stick inside the organism.
Every molecule of sugar needs 54 molecules of magnesium to process it. Next, farming and poor soil treatment can prevent the products from grabbing onto magnesium.
Finally, many medications prevent the magnesium abruption, such as antibiotics, contraceptives, blood pressure meds, etc.
So, pay attention to your nutrition and avoid processed foods, which prevent magnesium to work inside the organism. If not, your overall vitamin, mineral and fiber levels will be significantly low.
Sometimes, even some healthy foods can lead to magnesium deficiency. The soil is usually exposed to numerous factors, such as unhealthy water, plastics, chemicals, etc., which disable the magnesium from entering the food products. The same goes for bacteria, fungi and pesticides which are often found in agriculture.
Use Of Cannabis
Cannabis can bring many positive outcomes when levels of magnesium are concerned. It is absolutely safe and recommended to consume cannabis if you want to increase your magnesium levels. However, since cannabis is highly powerful herb, it needs to be taken into moderation.
Best ways to consume magnesium
- Consume magnesium rich foods
- Use ionic magnesium drops.
- Apply magnesium oil to your skin!
- Bathe in in epsom salt baths. This gives you not only magnesium but sulfur as well.