Today I am sharing with you 7 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency. This is one nutrient your body needs to function well, and it is a very important nutrient to discuss! Magnesium is an all-star when it comes to many of your bodily processes. So when you’re low on the mineral, your body will start to tell you in multiple ways!
First off, let’s break down exactly what is magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is naturally in the earth, as well as in your body. It is one of seven essential macro-minerals that humans need in mass quantities. Magnesium works with other essential minerals and vitamins to keep your body functioning in tip-top shape. This is why it is important to make sure you’re consuming enough magnesium both through your diet and with supplementation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, roughly 75% of Americans aren’t meeting the recommended daily requirements for the essential mineral. Think you might be one of them? Here are seven signs and symptoms that could indicate you’re not getting enough magnesium.
7 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency
#1. Fatigue or Low Energy
Not feeling like yourself lately? Are you lacking energy or feeling fatigue easily? One of the major symptoms of magnesium deficiency is fatigue. Since your cells rely on essential minerals to function properly, it should come as no surprise that feeling tired is a direct result of a deficiency. When we’re plain old tired, everything suffers. Life just isn’t as fun.
Studies have shown that low magnesium levels have been linked to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. And can also open up the pathways for more free radical damage to your body. When your body is working to compensate for these stressors, you’ll have less cellular energy to go about your daily life. And the fatigue will kick right in. It’s like that feeling of walking through deep mud: more effort, less flow. Ugh.
#2. Muscle Cramps
Feeling tight or twisted up? Do you easily get cramps during daily movement or workouts? It can even feel a little bit scary when it hits. Do you know that muscle cramps, spasms and twitches are telltale signs of a magnesium deficiency
In order for your muscles to relax and not be constantly contracted, magnesium is required. When muscles cramps start kicking in, it may be because your magnesium levels are off, and you might see those cramps start to disappear when you increase your magnesium intake.
#3. Insomnia or Trouble Sleeping
Do you sleep well at night or are you experiencing restlessness or even insomnia? This is an important thing we need to address! Not sleeping well or waking up at night is another symptom of low magnesium levels. Magnesium plays an essential role in maintaining healthy levels of GABA. GABA is a chemical produced in the brain and is responsible for feeling sedated and calm.
Though not a straight magnesium supplement, taking Detoxy+, a supplement based in nascent oxygen paired with magnesium, can help increase cleansing and release. And since Detoxy+ does contain some magnesium it may even promote relaxation, as a happy side effect. Try it for yourself and see if you start experiencing better, more restful sleep, as you feel lighter throughout the day.
#4. Anxiety and Stress
Stressed out or feeling anxious? You’re not alone. According to a poll by the American Psychiatric Association, nearly 40% of Americans are more anxious in 2018 than they were in 2017! While there are so many factors that contribute to anxiety that you can’t control, like hectic schedules and demanding jobs, magnesium deficiency is a factor that you can easily take action to correct.
Research shows that magnesium levels associate highly with stress levels. A study conducted by the University of Adelaide established that magnesium deficiency, or hypomagnesemia, is linked to conditions like physical stress, mental stress, and headaches. Magnesium interacts with the stress pathways in the brain, so when magnesium levels are off, anxiety and stress can kick in. Incorporating foods rich in magnesium (like green veggies) or supplementing with magnesium is a way you can help to reduce your stress.
#5. Hormone Problems
Feeling like your hormones are out of whack? Are you having mood swings, breakouts or cravings? If you’re showing signs of hormone problems, a magnesium deficiency could be the culprit.
Magnesium is your hormones’ best friend. It plays a huge role in regulating the endocrine system, which consists of glands that make your hormones. Magnesium levels affect major hormones such as estrogen, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Studies show that hormones are therefore thrown out of whack when you’re deficient in magnesium. Hormones affect your mood, your skin, your weight, your sleep and so much more, so regulating hormones with magnesium and other methods is important!
Nothing can throw off your day quite like a migraine. Acute pain in the head, pounding headaches, light and sound sensitivity… does this sound like something you experience? Did you know that a magnesium deficiency could be the root cause?
In the same way that magnesium affects hormone levels, it also interacts with neurotransmitters in the brain and other factors that affect the onset of migraines. It’s estimated that roughly 50% of those who suffer from migraines are deficient in magnesium. Studies have shown that people who experience migraines may have a disorder that causes trouble absorbing magnesium, which leads to a deficiency. This deficiency can be corrected with proper supplementation of magnesium.
#7. High Blood Pressure
Did you recently get your blood pressure checked, only to discover that your blood pressure is higher than you’d like it to be? Are you feeling the symptoms of high blood pressure, like sweating excessively or feeling flushed? You guessed it; a magnesium deficiency could be the culprit!
According to the British Medical Journal, magnesium is critical to the cardiovascular system and is necessary for enzymatic reactions that are responsible for regulating blood pressure. So, it’s not surprising that low magnesium levels in the body contribute to cardiovascular issues, such as high blood pressure and hypertension. Being aware of your magnesium intake could have major effects on your cardiovascular health.
Beauty, if you’ve read through these seven signs and thought to yourself, “Sounds like me!” you may have a magnesium deficiency. Not to worry – luckily, you can easily take steps to correct this deficiency through diet and supplementation.
There are plenty of beauty-promoting foods that are rich in magnesium. These include kale, pumpkin seeds, bananas, avocados, walnuts, dark chocolate and more. Filling your diet with these nutrient-dense, beauty-filled foods is the first step to increasing your magnesium intake! Try the Glowing Green Smoothie as an amazing way to up your magnesium every day.
The Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium is between 310 and 360 mg for adult women. While eating magnesium-packed plant foods is a wonderful step toward boosting your magnesium intake, adding a magnesium supplement to your daily routine is another way to hit your target, especially if you feel you aren’t eating ideally every day. Plus certain conditions and medications may affect the body’s ability to absorb magnesium.
Insight into Detoxy+
My Detoxy+ product a great way to add more magnesium into your diet. It’s a magnesium oxide supplement that is created by adding an oxygen molecule to magnesium—through the non-toxic process called ozonation. This compound of magnesium and oxygen works to cleanse and detoxify the body while increasing levels of magnesium, which is so important for many of the body’s processes. Think of Detoxy+ as a way to get the benefits of magnesium, plus the extra beauty bonus of detoxification!
So there you have it, Beauty. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays such a huge role in maintaining a healthy body. When levels are low, a whole range of negative symptoms can start to develop. Whether or not you’ve experienced one or more of these seven symptoms, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet, through food and supplementation. I hope you feel inspired to take charge of your health day by day!
In love and health,