What is Magnesium?
Magnesium can be found in many food sources, however due to our busy lifestyle and inadequate diet we can often be found being deficient in this mineral. Magnesium is a mineral responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions within our body. It is used by the cells within our body to build or breakdown many things. Approximately 60% of the magnesium in the body is stored in our bones which helps the absorption of calcium into the bones. As mentioned magnesium is responsible for 300 chemical reactions, in short magnesium can help relax muscles while the opposite is true for calcium and helps contract muscles. A lack in magnesium can cause muscles cramps, tics and spasms.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
1) Muscle cramps and twitches
One of the primary roles of magnesium is to relax muscles. However when there is a deficiency and there is an excess in calcium. This may overstimulate muscle nerves.
2) Stress, anxiety and depression
Researchers have found that cortisol, ACTH (Adrenocorticotrophic hormone) and p-glucoprotein have direct influence on stress, anxiety and depression. However magnesium has shown to aid in the regulation of these chemicals within our body. Reducing the stimulation of these chemicals can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
3) Muscle weakness/fatigue
Yes, everyone gets tired time to time and taking a break can help relieve the fatigue or weakness. However when the fatigue and weakness persists this may be a sign of magnesium deficiency. This is caused by a loss in potassium which can be further complicated by low levels of magnesium
4) Morning sickness and pregnancy
When pregnant there are significant levels of elevation and reduction in different hormones. The most common hormones affected being progesterone and estrogen with increased levels. This may contribute to nausea and vomiting (“Morning Sickness”). Also during the rise of these hormones there is a decrease in magnesium. Woman who restore there magnesium levels through diet and supplementation has shown a reduction in morning sickness symptoms.
What Can Cause Magnesium Deficiency
-We are more prone to magnesium deficiency over 55
How Can We Get it?
There are many foods that we can get magnesium from. Magnesium can also be absorbed through skin, thus using magnesium oil or taking Epsom salt baths can help boost magnesium levels.
Here are some food that contain magnesium:
-Pumpkin Seeds, sunflower seeds
-Cashew Nuts, Almonds
Magnesium is a very important mineral we need within our bodies. Research shows that many people are suffering from low levels of magnesium causing irritability, increased stress and fatigue. If you are suffering from any of these conditions you might want to consider changing up your diet or even takin a nice warm bath with Epsom salts.