Are You Suffering from Magnesium Deficiency?
Traditionally in the past we would get our vitamins and minerals through diet. While today that idea is still true, it is not as true as we may have thought. Thanks to the poor quality of the soil that our food is grown in lots of the precious vitamins and minerals are lost. If we are not supplementing our diet with dietary supplements and/or a diet heavy in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains rich in nutrients than there is a good chance you could be feeling the effects of a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency. Today we are talking specifically about magnesium and the consequences of lacking it’s presence. Check out the symptoms below to see if you are suffering from magnesium deficiency.
Eye twitches and muscle cramps
We’ve all had times when one of our eyelids or another random area of our body twitches, sometimes in short bursts of spasms that take us by surprise
As with all muscle and nerve-related problems that might be related to an underlying magnesium deficiency, twitching, muscle cramps, numbness and tingling are common…Some people with magnesium deficiencies begin by noticing these symptoms after exercise or exertion, but if the deficiency gets worse over time then tingling or cramping may be felt when you’re just sitting still or even trying to relax in bed.
At its worst, a magnesium deficiency may cause seizures to develop. Consequently, any new pattern of seizures should always lead to tests for mineral and vitamin levels, as these seizure triggers can be easily treated without the need for potent antiepileptic medications
Because most of the magnesium in your body is found in bones (and organs), it makes sense that a lack of magnesium can easily start to compromise your bone strength. Without adequate amounts of this vital mineral in your system, bones become weakened and you could be at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis
If you’re already in a high risk category for osteoporosis, you need to be especially careful about magnesium intake so that you can protect yourself as effectively as possible. For example, after the menopause has occurred, women become much more susceptible to osteoporosis, and the increasingly brittle nature of their bones makes them more likely to suffer fractures. In addition, as you get older you become more likely to experience at least a degree of osteoporosis, and this is especially so if you have a strong family history of brittle bones. Long-term use of steroid medications may also play a role
A suspicious tumor
Researchers have discovered that people who consume high levels of magnesium in their diet have a reduced risk of developing colorectal tumors. This fascinating new data may related to the fact that magnesium has a huge influence on the regulation of so many different biological functions in the body. In addition, you need to have a reliably high intake of magnesium if you’re going to be able to pass bowel movements regularly, and this is linked to colorectal cancer risk reduction as well.
It also seems plausible that low levels of magnesium lead to poorer results for cancer patients who require intensive care. Some scientists think this link suggests that a lack of magnesium causes more severe cancer progression, but it’s also possible that the direction of fit is the opposite (i.e. that having more severe cancer leads to a depletion of magnesium)
Intense PMS symptoms
Research has found a link between magnesium and PMS relief.
Consequently, taking magnesium supplements might be a very helpful strategy if you’re in your child-bearing years and don’t currently take a form of hormonal contraception that regulates PMS symptoms.
Meanwhile, if you decide that you want to become pregnant, you should know that studies show women who supplement with magnesium during pregnancy are less likely to end up having a premature birth. In addition, keeping your magnesium levels within healthy limits is connected to a reduced risk of preeclampsia, which is a potentially fatal condition involving extremely high blood pressure. ………..
However, as always, check with your medical team before adding a magnesium supplement to your routine during pregnancy.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure (i.e. hypertension) is diagnosed when your blood pressure reading is above 140/90. A healthy reading is typically 120/80 or lower; as the numbers climb, your heart and blood vessels are under increasing amounts of stress. While there is a common myth that high blood pressure is a condition only suffered by people with very stressful lives, you can actually be a relaxed, happy person and still have high blood pressure. Your blood pressure is influenced by dozens of factors about your chemical makeup, not just your mood. For example, you’re more likely to end up with hypertension if you’re a cigarette smoker, if you’re overweight for long periods of time, if you’re a heavy drinker, if your diet is rich in salt or if you have a preexisting problem with your kidneys.
In addition, high blood pressure may sometimes indicate a magnesium deficiency. This is suggested by findings that magnesium-rich foods like many fruits and vegetables have played a role in reducing high blood pressure—particularly in women. This is extremely important news, as high blood pressure can cause problems for almost every organ in the body.
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