Lately more and more of us are becoming aware that Magnesium is an important mineral for the human body. Unfortunately there is often a gap between knowing it is important for us and actually being aware of its great benefit for our health and wellbeing.
Magnesium is actually needed by most of our body parts, organs and functions. A deficiency in Magnesium can cause a vast range of issues that can effect your health, compromise your immune system and cause mild to severe ailments. A study by Dr. Mercola in the United States showed how few people understood how much Magnesium their bodies needed, with 80% of the participants lacking Magnesium.
Many whole foods contain Magnesium, unfortunately the modern western diet usually contains too much processed food lacking in nutrients. Foods we can obtain Magnesium from include fish, seeds, nuts, grains, bananas, green leafy vegetables, avocados, fruits and dark chocolate.
Promoting proper digestion and enzyme activity (1000s of biochemical processes) is a vital role magnesium plays in the human body. Magnesium is essential for the formation of new cells and proteins. Energy production and regulating vital body functions like blood pressure is another key role of Magnesium within the body. In addition to this Magnesium is a intracellular ion, supporting nearly all functions by other chemicals in the body.
Because a lack of Magnesium can affect the entire body and its functions, it should be addressed as soon as possible. This makes it very important to know the signs the body gives us when there is a deficiency in Magnesium, namely:
- Persistent migraines
- Leg cramps
- Muscle pain
- Type II diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Appetite loss
- Over all weakness
When a Magnesium deficiency is not treated fast enough it can lead to more severe symptoms which include:
- Numbness and tingling
- Personality changes
- Coronary spasms
- Muscle contractions and severe cramps
- Abnormal heart rhythms
To address a Magnesium deficiency you should first look at your diet, adding to it:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Spinach and/or kale
- Brown rice
- Dark chocolate
In addition to this Magnesium supplements can be taken to increase your Magnesium intake. However, when taking Magnesium supplements look for one that is natural, does not include Magnesium Stearate and is free of excipients and fillers. Also, when you start taking Magnesium supplements start at a low dose and increase your dose gradually as to not shock your body which can cause a slight laxative effect.
Because Magnesium is so important for your body and health we should all stay aware of any signs of deficiency as well as looking seriously at Magnesium intake in our diets and supplement regime’s as prevention is always better than a cure for health issues.