Updated: Nov 18, 2018
A topic that I think many of us, especially women, needs to discuss is magnesium deficiency. The biggest reason for this is that more than 75% of Americans don’t even come close to meeting the daily requirement for magnesium. So many of us are walking around with some sort of magnesium deficiency, and we probably don’t even know it.
What makes magnesium deficiency even harder to pinpoint is the fact that you usually don’t learn about it until your magnesium levels are severely low. And the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are pretty general, and often look like a symptom for something else.
But, never fear! I’m always here to help!
I’ve got some great info on magnesium deficiency that I think you’ll really enjoy AND learn from!
Oh, and I’ll also tell you how you can get more magnesium into your body, if need be.
Remember, this is a guide to help you with general health and wellness issues and topics. Please seek professional medical advice (I’m good, but I’m not a doctor), if you believe you have a magnesium deficiency or any other condition that requires medical attention.
THE SYMPTOMS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
Unfortunately, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency mirror the symptoms for several other conditions, so it’s not always easy to tell if you have this condition.
Some symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include:
1. Tiredness, fatigue or muscle weakness
2. Muscle cramps or twitches
3. Abnormal heart rhythms or palpitations
6. Depression or anxiety
7. High Blood Pressure
See what I mean? Each of these symptoms could be (and may be) attributed to another condition.
The good news is this: you can find out if you have magnesium deficiency by having your doctor perform a simple blood test. This is the most accurate way to confirm your condition.
SO, WHY DO WE NEED MAGNESIUM ANYWAY?
For such an unknown nutrient, magnesium sure handles a lot of functions within the body.
It’s involved in energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements and nervous system regulation—just to name a few things.
But wait…there’s more! Magnesium also helps with:
1. Boosting exercise performance
2. Lowering blood pressure
3. Fighting depression
5. Preventing migraines
6. Improving PMS symptoms (!)
7. Relieving constipation (!!)
8. Morning sickness symptoms (!!!)
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD SOURCES OF MAGNESIUM?
Luckily, there are a BUNCH of foods that we eat every day that are excellent sources of magnesium.
· Leafy greens
· Nuts and Seeds
· Black beans
· Dark chocolate
But let’s be honest, we’re probably not eating enough of them (except for the dark chocolate), so the next section provides some much-needed info on how to add magnesium as a dietary supplement.
MAGNESIUM THROUGH DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
I know what you’re thinking…you’re wondering how much magnesium you’re even supposed to be getting, right?
Well, never fear! I have a handy chart for you to look at right here!
This is the Recommended Daily Allowance of magnesium for each age group, gender, and stage of life.
WHAT’S THE BEST MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE?
It would be unfair for me to say I know which one the best is (because I haven’t tried them all…), but I do have a couple that I like. The first is one that was recommended to me by another friend in the health and wellness industry. I checked it out, and it’s getting great ratings on every site on which it’s available. You can check it out here (be sure to let me know what you think, if you try it, because I LOVE honest feedback!) The second supplement is one that I have been taking for nearly 2 years. It’s helped me deal with occasional constipation, improved my energy levels, and my mood. It’s all that AND a bag of chips, LOL. If you want more info, drop me a quick message and I’ll get that to you ASAP!