Magnesium is becoming an ever important vitamin it todays world. Busy lifestyles, high stress jobs, diet and overindulgence is leading people into a dangerous territory they otherwise might not be aware of. Magnesium deficiency is becoming a talked about topic in the health world and you might shrug it off until you realise you fit into this category.
I discovered I belonged to this category over two years ago. I was suffering from anxiety, high stress, extremely tense muscles and mood changes that were becoming noticeable to my peers. My naturopath saw that I was lacking in some key minerals, one being magnesium. I decided to buy some Ionic Magnesium to build up my bodies levels again and lessen the symptoms I was having.
Magnesium deficiency is caused by high stress on the body, poor diet, excess alcohol and coffee consumption, and our busy modern lifestyles. Magnesium is responsible for many functions within the body that are important to carry out its processes. Magnesium deficiency can be tested through a blood test but some researchers argue that the magnesium levels in your blood reflect and accurate measure of the magnesium that is present in other parts of the body including bone and muscle.
Some of the symptoms you might be experiencing from Magnesium deficiency may include: Muscle twitches, cramps and tightness. Insomnia, anxiety and behavioural disturbances or changes. headaches, pain and sleeping problems. Increased PMS symptoms, brain fog and more. Because these symptoms fall into the general category they may not be noticed or linked to Magnesium deficiency straight away.
Magnesium deficiency and most health problems can be aided by diet. Magnesium rich foods are important to keep our bodies levels up. People with a deficiency may not be having enough of these foods because of poor food and diet choices. Also excessive alcohol and coffee consumption can lessen the amount of magnesium in the body that is trying to be absorbed in different parts of our body due to increased passing of bodily fluids. A great way to up magnesium levels without the use of supplements is to focus on eating nuts and seeds such as brasil nuts ,almonds, cashews, sunflower and sesame seeds. Also leafy greens such as spinach and silverbeet are also high in magnesium and other essential minerals and nutrients we need to support our body with. Bran, wheat and oats also have a great level of magnesium as well as beans. Focusing on these food types and integrating them into your daily meals or adding them to lunch or dinner is a great way to give yourself a boost.
If you feel like a dietary change is not enough you can try a supplement. I love the Go Healthy Range Because it is a New Zealand range and the formulas for many of their supplements are extremely potent and are made with clean ingredients. GO Magnesium 1-A-Day contains a highly bioavailable form of Magnesium, naturally sourced from seawater and extracted from the clean waters off the Irish coast. Go healthy take pride in providing potent effective and clean ingredients form sources within New Zealand and abroad.
I have been taking Go Healthy Magnesium for a long while now and it’s the best magnesium supplement I have tried along with The BioTrace Concentrated mineral drops which you can add to water. I take it everyday and sometimes if I am having trouble sleeping I will take it 30 minutes before I go to bed instead of during the day. I have noticed a considerable difference in my mood, muscle tension, headache frequency and the ability to relax and have a decent sleep.
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Note: This is based on my own research and existing materials and studies, I am not a healthcare professional and if you have concerns contact a trusted professional.
Information sourced from:
Vormann, J. (2003). Magnesium: Nutrition and metabolism. Molecular Aspects of Medicine, 24(1), 27-37. doi:10.1016/S0098-2997(02)00089-4
Rude, R. K. (1998), Magnesium Deficiency: A Cause of Heterogenous Disease in Humans. J Bone Miner Res, 13: 749–758. doi: 10.1359/jbmr.19220.127.116.119