Signs you’re not getting enough magnesium

Signs you’re not getting enough magnesium

Author -  Good Health

Be aware of the signs

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The symptoms of low magnesium levels differ between us, but some of the more common ones are anxiety, restless leg syndrome, abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, insomnia and irritability. Children who are lacking in magnesium also have trouble sleeping and are seen to be quite hyperactive.

There are also, less prominent signs that may hint you need to up your magnesium intake. If you find yourself craving chocolate, your body might be craving the magnesium it provides. Yes, that’s right, dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium and the darker the better (at least 70% cocoa).

Muscle cramps are another indication that your levels might be low. Magnesium helps to relax muscles, that’s why people who are more active will often rub magnesium cream directly onto their tired muscles and joints to provide relief from aches and cramps.

Another common symptom of magnesium deficiency is constipation. Magnesium is important for your bowels for two key reasons. Firstly, it relaxes the muscles and secondly, some forms are extremely efficient at attracting water into your bowels. This helps to soften stools, making it easier to pass a bowel motion. 

Feeling anxious?

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It’s not just your muscles that magnesium helps to relax, it can also have a dramatic effect on your nervous system. Known as the relaxation mineral, a deficiency can make you feel on edge, anxious, irritable and even increase the possibility of panic attacks. The more stressed you are, the more your body chews through magnesium. Mixing magnesium powder with your morning water or juice is a great way to keep a handle on your stress levels and improve energy levels.

Sleep

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Do you have problems falling asleep at night, or maybe you struggle to stay awake during the day? Low magnesium may be the missing link to help you drift off peacefully. It all relates back to magnesium being the mineral that calms down the nervous system, helping to relax your body and busy mind.

How can you get more magnesium?

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You can find magnesium in many of your daily food choices, particularly those leafy greens in your favourite salads. Nuts are also loaded with magnesium, so are wholegrain, beans and lentils.

It can sometimes be difficult to meet our daily requirements from diet alone, especially if you have a demanding lifestyle. Factors like high stress, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol consumption can zap your magnesium levels.

Eating foods high in magnesium is certainly helpful but there may be times when your lifestyle increases your body’s need for magnesium. Whether it’s indulging in an Epsom salt bath or taking a magnesium supplement, your entire body benefits with magnesium.

If you’re interested in finding out which magnesium supplement may work well for you and your family’s lifestyle, have a chat with one of our naturopaths (0800 44 66 34). You might be surprised at how much better you soon start to feel.
 

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