For many of us, the answer is “Yes”. Although magnesium is an abundant mineral on earth, most of us are deficient in this essential mineral. Not only because we aren’t eating the right kind of foods; but our foods are being depleted of their natural magnesium levels by our modern farming processes.
Why Do We Need Magnesium?
To begin with, magnesium is often called the “master mineral.” However, this is because it is that important for your body and overall health.
Here’s a quick overview why your body needs magnesium:
- Since it is used in over 300 enzyme reactions.
- Further, it is good for the health of the bone and the teeth.
- Next, it helps keep a normal blood pressure.
- Additonally, it also builds the muscle strength.
- Moreover, it is also required for the vitamin D assimilation.
- Furthermore, it aids weight loss and digestion as well.
- Also, it increases the bioavailability of calcium in the body.
- Similarly, it is highly helpful for pregnancy.
- As well as, it is essential for nerve health.
- Further, it also works as an anti-stress mineral.
- In addition to all the above, it also helps in preventing heart diseases.
Am I Magnesium Deficient?
As a matter of fact, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium. However, there may be a good chance that you are one of those.
Here are the most common symptoms of a magnesium deficiency:
- Sleeping disorder
- Frequent headaches or migraine attacks
- Stress, depression, or anxiety
- Digestive disorders
- Lack of appetite
- Bad short term memory
- Mood swings or irritability
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Muscle cramps and spasms
- Coldness in extremities
- Carbohydrate cravings
- Insulin resistance
- Kidney stones
- Sensitive to noise
- Thyroid issues
Furthermore, if you have some of the above symptoms, then there is a good chance you are deficient in magnesium. Not sure? Contact your doctor for a magnesium test.
Scroll down to discover how to up your magnesium intake.
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How To Get More Magnesium Into Your Body
Although some people may benefit from magnesium supplementation. Moreover, especially when you’re having very low levels and suffering from many of the above symptoms. However, I’m not a huge fan of supplements and powders.
Best foods with highest levels of magnesium:
Dietary and Lifestyle Factors That Deplete Magnesium
For most of us, it is already a big challenge to eat the right kind of foods to meet our daily need. Additionally, the other factors can also deplete magnesium and should be avoided.
- Sugar (FYI: you need 280 magnesium molecule to metabolize one sugar molecule!)
- Processed foods
- Produce from depleted soil
- Birth control pills
Like mentioned above, if you have really low levels and struggling with lots of magnesium related issues, supplementing with magnesium can help you to refill your magnesium levels. But keep in mind, a healthy diet should provide you with enough magnesium. Therefore, only take supplements when needed and make sure to change your diet.
Furthermore, epsom salts are another great way to help your body replenish magnesium. Here’s a good bath recipe for you to try.
Here are a few trusted magnesium supplements and bath salts for you to try:
Are you magnesium deficient? How are you getting your daily need of magnesium into your diet? Please share your thought with us in the comment box below.
Thanks for reading. Until next time!
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