1. Our diet. Mass-produced foods are devoid of magnesium because of manufacturing processes. Replace processed foods with a diet rich in natural, organic and whole foods. 2. For every molecule of sugar we eat, our body needs 54 molecules of magnesium. 3. We are stressed. The production of stress hormones uses magnesium and the more we are stressed, the more it depletes our magnesium reserves. 4. The medications we ingest for pain, to regulate blood pressure, and other diseases deplete our magnesium levels.
SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY:
The first signs of magnesium deficiency include physical and mental fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, nausea and headaches.
But a long-term magnesium deficiency carries real dangers that may include:
- Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
- Muscle spasms and cramps
- An abnormal heart rhythm
- Depression and other personality changes
HOW TO GET MORE MAGNESIUM
Of course, the best thing to do when trying to increase your intake of vitamins or minerals is to do it naturally through your food. This is where the choice to consume organic can play a role. Most foods grown for mass production are lower in magnesium because it is depleted in the overused soil that is sprayed with pesticides.
Some foods rich in magnesium include:
- Seeds, especially sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds
- Green leafy vegetables, especially spinach, kale and Swiss chard
- Nuts, especially almonds, cashews and pine nuts
- The lawyers
- Dark chocolate
To increase your magnesium intake you can also:
1. Take an Epsom salt bath. It not only provides a good dose of magnesium, but it also helps eliminate toxins from your skin. 2. Rub magnesium oil on your skin. Your skin absorbs up to 70% of what is applied on it. 3. Take a magnesium supplement. All magnesium supplements are not worth it, so see your doctor or naturopath for advice. It is important to listen to your body. And while a magnesium deficiency can contribute to many different conditions, it does not necessarily mean that the disease comes from magnesium deficiency.
We recommend that you consult your doctor if specific symptoms persist. This article was written to help spread awareness about magnesium deficiency and is in no way intended to serve as medical advice.