Magnesium is one of the most underrated and overlooked minerals needed for the human body to heal and thrive!
Did you know that it’s the 4th most prevalent mineral in the human body? It is also involved in hundreds of chemical reactions and every single cell in the body needs magnesium to actually function properly. It’s not just a nice-to-have, it’s literally critical for a large amount of our body systems to function including energy production, nervous system and mood regulation, gene maintenance (such as repairing DNA and RNA), it helps create new proteins from amino acids, and as most know, it helps our muscles work more effectively.
The majority of my clients have a magnesium deficiency and so adding magnesium to their treatment plan is essential to their overall health, wellbeing and vitality. You’ll understand why when you see the list of things magnesium helps to treat and heal.
Here is a short overview:
- Depression. A lack of magnesium impacts the neurotransmitters responsible for mood regulation. So feeling sad, anxious, unable to sit still, frustrated, low tolerance etc, while they can all be triggered by things happening outside of you, your ability to bounce back to happy and your ability to cope with higher levels of stress can be severely diminished with not enough magnesium. Some people just always seem to feel low, this can be an indicator that they are deficient in magnesium.
- Insomnia. Lacking in magnesium can mean that the muscles and nervous system struggle to fully relax, and if the body can’t relax, neither can the mind, hence making it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Many autistic and ADHD children tend to have sleep difficulties. Increasing their levels of magnesium has been helpful in them sleeping more easily.
- Blood Sugar Regulation and Energy Production. There are many studies available showing a link between magnesium and the body’s ability to regulate and utilise sugars for energy. It basically assists insulin to function correctly. When the body has low blood sugar, tiredness, breathlessness, muscle weakness, brain fog and sometimes shakiness can all be experienced, even if the person is not diabetic. Having an adequate amount of magnesium helps regulate energy production so you can easily get through all of your day to day tasks. Also when the body isn’t able to regulate sugars properly, it becomes insulin resistant and this is when we see an increase of fat being accumulated. Magnesium’s connection with insulin can lower the potential for this to occur, therefore assisting in healthy weight management.
- Inflammation. Chronic inflammation is at the root of many diseases and illnesses or conditions that the modern society suffers from. Magnesium has been shown to have noticeable anti-inflammatory properties and as I have found, very helpful in supporting a return to optimal health and vitality in general.
- Muscle Function. Low magnesium symptoms include muscle cramps (including pre-menstrual cramps or leg cramps in pregnant women), and not fully contracting or relaxing properly, or working as fast as needed. This includes the heart muscle, which means that low magnesium can also show up as abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms as magnesium levels decrease to more dangerous levels. Magnesium is critical to supplying the muscles with the fuel they need to operate optimally but also to repair after exertion.
Having adequate Magnesium is also helpful for constipation, asthma, headaches and migraines. It really is one of natures miracles!
What Causes Low Magnesium?
Stress is a big one. Stress uses up magnesium in the body to have it ready to fight or fly. Your body burns through magnesium faster the more stress it’s under and how long it’s under it. I see multiple low magnesium symptoms and conditions particularly in people who have ongoing and chronic stress, any kind of trauma and resulting PTSD, and have other health issues.
Any condition where absorption of vitamins and minerals is also a major cause such as coleiacs disease, crohns disease or any other digestive issue. Chlorine and fluoride both bind to magnesium, and sugar, caffeine and processed foods also deplete the body of this crucial mineral.
Medications such as certain antibiotics, estrogen, some heart and asthma medications, certain chemo drugs and diuretics, can also be factors. Ask your Dr about the side effects, specifically how it effects magnesium, so you know if this is a factor for you.
Over supplementation with calcium (which is a competing mineral), can also deplete magnesium levels. Calcium needs magnesium to metabolise so too much calcium without enough magnesium will both deplete magnesium and the calcium won’t be effectively absorbed.
Ultimately there are dozens of symptoms that can be lessened or addressed by adding regular and adequate magnesium supplementation. Taking tablets can be troublesome if your body doesn’t break them down properly and those with a sensitive digestive system may hit bowel tolerance before they get enough magnesium into them. For these reasons my preference is to use it topically, since the skin absorbs magnesium readily and you can get to optimal levels much faster.
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