5 Signs You Are Magnesium Deficient
Did you know that magnesium is a mineral that plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body? It impacts numerous aspects of our health such as nerve and muscle function, keeps the heartbeat steady, regulates blood glucose, helps our bones be strong and aids in the production of energy, just to name a few!
Alcohol abuse and poor dietary choices can lead to low levels of magnesium in the body. Gastrointestinal problems, stress, and some medications can also lead to the body having low levels of magnesium. Unfortunately, way too many of us suffer from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it. Here are 5 signs that your body could be lacking in magnesium.
1. You have an eye twitch
Given the role magnesium plays in neuromuscular transmission and muscle contractions, muscle cramping, spasms and twitching can be a sign of deficiency. This is especially the case if your cramps are happening frequently.
2. You’re a little moody
Low levels of magnesium may lead to changes in your mood and increase your risk for depression. Magnesium also helps to regulate your stress response, and increase the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin.
3. You’re a little backed up
Magnesium helps to relax the muscles of the digestive tract and soften the stool, making it easier to poop. Take it at night to help move your bowel first thing in the morning.
4. You are feeling tired
Although fatigue can be related to a number of factors, it could be linked to a shortage of magnesium as it is needed to produce and transport energy. Without enough magnesium, you could be left feeling a little tired and weak.
5. You struggle to sleep
Magnesium helps to relax the mind and the body. People with low magnesium levels can find it difficult to initiate or maintain sleep. Magnesium also supports GABA production in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that has a broad range of effects on the mind and body including increased relaxation and boosting sleep. Without the right levels of magnesium, it’s more difficult for your body to switch off.
Luckily, magnesium is found in many foods, these include dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, avocado, bananas, and dark chocolate! Before taking a supplement, speak to your health care professional to make sure it is suitable for you to take.
Pam helps women and men prioritise their health and wellbeing. As a naturopath, nutritionist and personal trainer she helps them take control of their mental health and various health conditions through natural medicine and healthy lifestyle changes. She gives realistic ways to help create a happier and healthier life.
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