Signs that Magnesium Deficiency is causing your poor health…
You might be suffering from a deficiency if you are feeling weak and anxious? Or noticing weird muscle cramps in your daily life.
Dubbed the “invisible deficiency” by some experts because it’s so hard to spot and diagnose, deficiencies are more dangerous than you might think. By some estimates, up to 80 percent of Americans are not getting enough and may be deficient.
Factors resulting in lower levels of –
- Excessive intake of soda or caffeine
- Older age (older adults are more likely to be magnesium deficient because absorption decreases with age and the elderly are more likely to take medications that can interfere with absorption)
- Certain medications, including diuretics, certain antibiotics, antacids, and insulin
- An unhealthy digestive system, which impairs your body’s ability to absorb magnesium (Crohn’s disease, leaky gut)
Several studies have also looked how stress levels affect magnesium. They found that during periods of stress, it is used up by the body in exponential rates. That means that not only is a significant portion of the population are deficient there is also be a high number of people that use up their reserves as a result of this anxiety, thus contributing to more anxiety and more stress.
It can also be depleted by alcohol and excessive consumption of milk fortified with vitamin D, this is because synthetic vitamins D tends to bind the mineral and excrete it. People who eat white flour and white sugar products may have a deficiency because their bodies use stored magnesium to metabolize these refined carbohydrates. Magnesium and calcium are present in the body in a ratio of 1:2, so if consumption of calcium increases, so should magnesium consumption.
It may be what you’re eating or rather than what you’re not eating that’s putting you at risk for deficiency.
“Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams.” Dr Dean
It’s very easy to get enough by eating the right foods. Food sources are your safest bet so focus on amping up your consumption of leafy greens. For example 1 cup of cooked spinach provides 157 milligrams. Legumes are a solid choice too, with a cup of cooked white beans coming in at 113 milligrams of the nutrient. And if you’re a fan of squash and pumpkin seeds, one cup packs in a whopping 649 milligrams. Other great options are nuts, including almonds and cashews, most types of fish, and whole grains.
Beneficial Effects of Magnesium – Maintains strong bones and tooth enamel; calms the nervous system: regulates heartbeat; helps metabolism and weak digestion; maintains healthy prostate function in men, improves urine retention and therefore helpful for bed-wetting children, prevents kidney stones, regulates thyroid function.
Recommend Daily Dosage –
Adults 350mg, Children 250mg, Pregnant and lactating women 450mg.
It pays to ensure that you get adequate magnesium before signs of deficiency occur. Magnesium is a mineral that’s crucial to the body’s function. By visiting a Systematic Kinesiologist muscle testing can be used to test for deficiency.
Studies prove up to 70 percent of people are deficient in magnesium
If you want to get tested for Magnesium deficiency, visit you local Kinesiologist. Find your nearest one here; http://www.kinesiology.ie/practitioners/