February 26, 2019 2 min read
Unfortunately the modern diet, with an overabundance of refined grains, processed foods and sugars, contains very little magnesium. Even the magnesium inside whole grains and fresh vegetables has been steadily declining in recent years because of the depletion of minerals in farming soils. That’s not good enough considering magnesium is an essential nutrient and required in more than 300 chemical reactions in your body.
Watch out for these 8 Common Signs of Magnesium Deficiency:
1. Sugar Cravings
A burning desire to eat something sweet shows that there is a lack of certain minerals in the body, in particular, magnesium, a necessary co-factor in the metabolism of carbohydrates.
2. Muscle Cramps
All contraction (tightening) in the body uses calcium and all releasing of tension uses magnesium. When we are magnesium deficient, we generally run out of magnesium long before calcium. As your legs try to relax, a lack of magnesium can prevent the muscle from releasing.
Renowned for increasing sleep time and quality, magnesium naturally relaxes the body, lowers cortisol and reduces stress and anxiety.
4. Restless legs
When you are low in magnesium your nerve cells become overactive, sending too many messages to the muscles, causing them to constantly contract.
5. Migraines and Headaches
Not only does Magnesium relax any head and neck muscle tension, it can also prevent platelet aggregation, which helps to avoid the thickened blood & tiny clots that cause blood vessel spasms and the pain of a migraine or headache.
When you are under stress your need for magnesium increases. Maintaining an adequate level of magnesium naturally diminishes the excitability of the nervous system, limiting the stress response.
Magnesium is responsible for transporting energy. Without magnesium, you won’t have enough energy at the cellular level which may manifest as fatigue, low energy, and lack of mobility.
8. Acid reflux
Acid Reflux is the result of spasms of the lower oesophageal sphincter at the juncture of the stomach can leave the sphincter open, causing acid reflux or heartburn. Magnesium relieves the oesophageal spasms that cause acid reflux or heartburn.
Recognise any of these symptoms?
Applying topical magnesium daily may increase your overall magnesium levels and it may relieve the symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency.
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