“Am I getting enough magnesium?” is most likely a question you’ve never asked yourself.
While that’s not surprising—magnesium is one of the most overlooked micronutrients—it is unfortunate. An estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this vital mineral.
Magnesium: A Foundational Mineral
Magnesium is needed for optimal health. It’s needed for a wide variety of physiological processes. Some of the most important ones are:
- Helps generate ATP, the type of energy you use for explosive movements
- Aids digestion
- Precursor to the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin
Magnesium may also play a vital role in keeping your muscles—especially your heart—healthy.
Your body needs a certain ratio of magnesium and calcium. Unfortunately, calcium is often overused by many while magnesium is neglected. Without enough magnesium you can experience muscle spasms, heart attack, and even sudden death.
The ideal magnesium-to-calcium ratio is 1: 1.
Taking a high quality magnesium supplement daily can help get your ratio closer to this optimal level.
These 5 things deplete your magnesium levels and are some of the key reasons so many of us are magnesium deficient.
Stress. Being constantly stressed causes your body to burn through an incredible amount of magnesium.
Prescription Drugs. Many prescription drugs drain you of your precious magnesium. These include but are not limited to ACE-inhibitors, other blood pressure drugs, and statins.
Fluoride. Not only is fluoride in a lot of medications; it’s also in our toothpaste, our water supply (a main reason why you should drink filtered water), and a whole host of other products. Magnesium binds to fluoride to make magnesium fluoride. Again, sapping your body of this vital micronutrient.
Poor Diet. If you’re on a Standard American Diet (SAD), you’re not getting enough magnesium. Magnesium comes from darky leafy greens, avocados, and nuts. These three–and the other whole-food sources of the mineral–are tragically absent.
Poor Top Soil. Even if you do eat healthier, you’re still probably magnesium deficient because of poor growing conditions. The quality of top soil has eroded to the point where magnesium levels are less than half where they were about only a century ago.
For all these reasons I recommend taking a high quality magnesium supplement.
Signs You’re Magnesium Deficient
Luckily, there are some early warning signs that you are magnesium deficient. These include: headache; loss of appetite; nausea; fatigue; and weakness.
If you think you’re magnesium deficient it’s important to address the issue early. Otherwise it could lead to more serious symptoms, such as:
- Numbness and tingling
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Personality changes
- Muscle spasms
- Coronary spasms
Doctor Carolyn Dean, a leading researcher on the effects magnesium has on the body, lists over 100 factors that can help you decide if you’re deficient in her great book, The Magnesium Miracle.
Check it out if you need more evidence prior to investing in a high quality magnesium supplement.
Do you currently use a magnesium supplement?