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Are You At Risk for Magnesium Deficiency?

Though we don’t hear about it much, magnesium is absolutely crucial for good health. More than 600 biochemical processes depend on magnesium, including bone formation, energy production, and digestion. Magnesium deficiency affects the functioning of the adrenals, brain, nervous system, kidneys, and heart.

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If you’re not familiar with the symptoms of inadequate magnesium, you might be surprised. Do you notice any of these eight symptoms in yourself?

  • Low energy levels: Do you experience times when you feel lethargic?
  • Trouble sleeping: As magnesium has a calming effect on the nerves, deficiency can lead to difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.
  • Weak Bones: Without sufficient levels of magnesium, the body does not absorb calcium properly, leading to softer bones and greater risk of fractures.
  • Kidney Stones: Coupled with weaker bones, excess calcium in the bloodstream can lead to kidney stones when magnesium levels are too low.
  • Emotional disruption: With too little magnesium, the body doesn’t regulate nerve impulses properly, often contributing to anxiety, irritability, and nervousness.  
  • Over-sensitivity: Related to heightened emotional sensitivity, low levels of magnesium can make you feel overly sensitive to external stimuli such as lights and sounds, even to the point of pain.
  • Muscular Issues: Cramping, and headaches can be more common, as magnesium works to relax the muscles.
  • Abnormal heart rhythms: Without the relaxing effect of magnesium, the blood vessels don’t allow blood to flow properly, which can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. This can be a serious issue and lead to a heart attack.

Magnesium Deficiency and your Diet

Your magnesium levels can be negatively affected by a normal, modern lifestyle. Caffeine, transfat, sugar, salt, and alcohol will all act to decrease your body’s magnesium level. Refined foods like rice and grains will lose most of their magnesium content during processing. Dietary sources for magnesium include almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, molasses, soy beans, flax, grain bran, and pumpkin seeds. Dark chocolate with low sugar content is also a healthy source.

Even if you aim to eat a diet high in magnesium, because of magnesium depletion in the soil most people find that it's necessary to supplement with oral or topical magnesium products.  Natural Calm is a magnesium drink that is easily absorbed in order to help alleviate some of the above symptoms.  Alternately, Magnesium Rub is an effective and easy to use transdermal therapy that works well for people who are severely lacking in magnesium.

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