Studies show that almost 75% of the population in the U.S. is magnesium deficient and quite often low magnesium levels go unrecognized and untreated because blood test for magnesium deficiency is often ineffective since only 1% of the body’s magnesium is found in the bloodstream.
According to Dr. Norman Shealy’s statements, “Every known illness is associated with magnesium deficiency”
What are the first symptoms of magnesium deficiency?
Muscle twitches, spasms and cramps
Irregular heart rhythms
High blood pressure
Constipation and other digestive problems
Magnesium deficiency is synonymous with diabetes and is at the root of many cardiovascular problems.
Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm
What causes magnesium deficiency?
Low magnesium diet
Calcium supplements. If you eat too much calcium, you actually hinder your absorption of magnesium.
Prescription and over the counter medications. Especially diuretics and cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
Consumption of caffeine
Consumption of sugar. High sugar intake increases excretion of magnesium by the kidneys.
Consumption of processed food. A high-saturated fat diet reduces magnesium absorption in the intestines.
Consumption of alcohol
Consumption of produce from depleted soil
Consumption of foods high in phytic acid
Consumption of carbonated beverages on a regular basis. Phosphates found in carbonated beverages such as dark-colored sodas bind magnesium, rendering it unusable by the body.
Best Food Sources of Magnesium
Green leafy greens, such as spinach, swiss chard and kale
Nuts and Seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and brazilian nuts
Beans and Lentils
Whole Grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and millet
Dried Fruit such as, figs, prunes and apricots
In general, foods containing dietary fiber provide magnesium.
Also be aware that a diet high in fat may cause less magnesium to be absorbed, and cooking may decrease the magnesium content of food.
How can we get enough Magnesium?
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., and expert on magnesium therapy, adequate magnesium can improve heart health, prevent stroke and obesity, and improve mood and memory. If you’d like to learn more about the importance of magnesium, I’d suggest the book "The Magnesium Miracle" by Carolyn Dean.
In her book, Dr. Dean notes that achieving adequate magnesium through foods is notoriously difficult.
What supplements should you take?
If you are thinking about getting magnesium supplements, look for magnesium citrate, chelate, or glycinate, and avoid magnesium oxide, as it's difficult for our bodies to absorb it.
There is also ReMag, a Pico-Ionic magnesium, Dr.Carolyn Dean's own magnesium product. It’s picometer-sized which means it’s absorbed 100% at the cellular level, so your cells have immediate access to usable magnesium.
Magnesium oil, concentrated solution of magnesium chloride applied to the skin — is the new favorite of many holistic health professionals.
Epsom salts aren’t actually salts at all, but magnesium sulfate. By taking a nice, relaxing soak in an Epsom salt bath, you can absorb magnesium through your skin and help reverse your magnesium deficiency.
Also while taking your magnesium supplements, don't forget to balance your magnesium with calcium, vitamin K2 and D3 since these all work together.