Are You Magnesium Deficient?

Robin Reichert By Robin Reichert, 13th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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One of the most commonly overlooked health conditions today is a magnesium deficiency. A deficiency in this vital mineral can contribute to a multitude of extremely common ailments. This article highlights the importance of magnesium in our bodies and provides simple suggestions for magnesium supplementation to easily get individuals back on track.

Are You Magnesium Deficient?

One of the most commonly overlooked health conditions today is a magnesium deficiency. A deficiency in this mineral can contribute to a multitude of common ailments. Before we go any further, let’s discuss exactly what magnesium is and why it plays such a crucial role in our bodies.

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals on earth and should also be one of the most abundant minerals in the human body. It is essential for over 300 chemical reactions and metabolic functions within our body at any given time. These reactions refer namely to ATP, the body’s primary energy source. Every cell in the human body relies on magnesium intake and utilization. Magnesium works in conjunction with calcium, which is a mineral that gets a great amount of attention. Unfortunately with all of this attention on calcium, magnesium has been historically overshadowed in its importance. Proper magnesium ratios are actually important for the body to properly utilize calcium within the cells.

You might be curious as to what exactly magnesium does for the body. Some examples include: enhancing circulation, regulating blood pressure, easing muscle cramps and spasms, helping to make proteins, encouraging proper elimination, ensuring proper vitamin D absorption to cells, and helping with prober carbohydrate digestion. A deficiency in this important mineral can lead to a very long list of symptoms and conditions, such as insomnia, muscle soreness or spasms, headaches, irritability, fatigue, constipation, carbohydrate cravings, gut disorders, and thyroid and kidney problems.

So how did this deficiency come about? This has partially been the result of modern farming techniques that have depleted the magnesium content of the soil and therefore, of our crops. Mineral-rich water from deep wells can be a great source of magnesium, but unfortunately in today’s society those types of wells are few and far between. Most people drink bottled or city water, which contains little to no magnesium at all. Even mineral-enhanced water lacks an adequate amount of magnesium, if any at all. Additional causes of magnesium deficiency can be traced to the standard American diet (commonly referred to as SAD). This diet includes a high consumption of caffeine, sugar, processed food, and alcohol, all of which deplete magnesium levels within the body. Furthermore, drugs like birth control pills, antibiotics, diuretics, and insulin (among others) deplete magnesium levels.

The best way to ensure proper magnesium intake is through supplementation. There are many ways to supplement, including liquid form, a transdermal method (oil) applied to skin, and a delicious powder drink mix called Natural Calm. The recommended daily intake stands at 420 mg a day, and while eating leafy green vegetables and sea vegetables is a great way to maintain magnesium in your diet, the only way to achieve it in the recommended daily dose is through supplementation.

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Benefits Of Magnesium, Magnesium, Magnesium Deficiency

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I'm an AFPA certified nutrition consultant, AFPA certified personal trainer, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, as well as an online fitness coach and a professional freelance writer.

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