Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies and its role in our overall health may have been underestimated until recently. It can be found in over 300 different enzymes in our body and is a key player in the body’s detoxification process.
Normal levels of magnesium are also necessary for:
- Activating muscles and nerves
- Creating energy in your body
- Efficiently digesting proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
Being deficient in magnesium is often referred to as the “invisible deficiency” because it’s hard to detect. Only 1% of our body’s magnesium is stored in the blood, and the rest is in our organs and bones where it is used for a variety of biological functions. This means a blood test isn’t sufficient to determine if there is a deficiency.
And because it’s difficult to measure, being deficient is a real possibility.
Severe magnesium deficiencies play a role in the top four killers:
- Cancer (all types)
- Ischaemic heart disease
These diseases not only kill, but they also contribute dramatically to the quality of life for both for the victim and their families.
There are 22 scientifically-proven medical areas that Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes. These include-
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Blood clots
- Bowel diseases
- Heart Disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Musculoskeletal condition
- Female medical conditions
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Tooth decay.
With an estimated 75 percent of the population suffering from a magnesium deficiency,
Here are four reasons we may be suffering from a Magnesium deficiency.
- Our diet. Mass-produced foods are stripped of magnesium through the manufacturing processes. Instead of processed foods, eat a diet rich in natural, organic and whole foods.
- For every molecule of sugar we eat, our bodies require 54 molecules of magnesium to process it.
- We are stressed out. Stress hormone production uses magnesium and the more stressed out we are, the more depleted our stores of magnesium are.
- The drugs we ingest for pain, to regulate blood pressure, and other diseases depletes our magnesium levels.
So what are the signs to look out for?
Early signs of magnesium deficiency include physical and mental fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, and headaches.
But it’s an ongoing magnesium deficiency where the real danger lies. Longer-term signs may include:
- Numbness and tingling in your arms and legs
- Muscle spasms and cramps
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Depression and other personality changes
You can introduce or increase magnesium rich foods into your diet.
Some foods high in magnesium include:
- Seeds, specifically sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds
- Dark leafy greens, specifically spinach, kale
- Nuts, specifically almonds, cashews and pine nuts
- Dark Chocolate
Some other ways in which you can increase your magnesium intake are:
- Soak in Epsom salts. It not only provides a healthy dose of magnesium but also helps pull toxins from your skin.
- Rub Magnesium oil into your skin. Your skin absorbs up to 70% of what is applied to it and quickly puts it to work in your body.
- Take a Magnesium supplement. Not all magnesium supplements are created equal, so check with your naturopath for their recommendations.
It’s important to listen to your body. And while a magnesium deficiency can contribute to many different ailments, it doesn’t necessarily mean the ailment is from a deficiency in magnesium.
The good news is, it’s almost impossible to overdose on magnesium. There are, however, side effects of consuming too much magnesium that include slow breathing and an irregular heartbeat.
Come into Mandurah Healthy Supply and chat to me or our other friendly helpful staff members and we can guide you to what is best for you. We have a wide range of Magnesium products for Mandurah.
Yours in good Health
Naturopath Mandurah Health Supply
Product Ideas for you
Ep Zen- Magnesium Bath Crystals- Soothe or Relax
Ancient Minerals- Magnesium Gel and or Magnesium Oil
Amazing- Magnesium Pain Relief Spray
Natural Source- Magnesium Chloride for bathing or foot soak
Ethical Nutrients- Mega Magnesium Powder Raspberry or Citrus
Herbs of Gold- Muscle Resuscitation Powder
Lifestream- Natural Magnesium
Herbs of Gold- Magnesium Forte Tablets.
Loving Earth- Dark Chocolate