Are you magnesium deficient? Odds are, you are – and you probably don’t even know it!
In fact, the vast majority of Americans – up to 80%! – are magnesium deficient, but most of those cases slip unnoticed.
We’re here, though, to help you determine if you might be magnesium deficient – and what you can do about it if you are!
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals to the body, and as such, should be one of the most common.
It’s also a key electrolyte, meaning it helps in the following ways:
- Conducts electricity in the brain;
- Is a cofactor in more than 300 reactions within the body, including nerve control, temperature regulation, liver detox, and bone and teeth formation;
- Is necessary for cardiac health;
- Prevents and treats muscle cramps;
- and much, much more!
- Anxiety disorders such as OCD
- Behavioral disturbances
- Brain fog
- Chronic back pain
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Muscular pain
- Muscle cramps
- Impaired memory/thinking
- Sleep disturbances
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Heart Disease
- Heart Palpitations
- Kidney Stones
Unfortunately, though, most doctors don’t know how to test for magnesium deficiency, so it doesn’t show up. In particular, most doctors use blood tests – and the body guards blood magnesium levels very, very tightly, so that that’s the last place a deficiency shows up. (And with good reason, as magnesium deficiency in the blood can cause cardiac arrest.)
This is despite the fact that otherwise, very little of the body’s magnesium is stored in blood – less than 1% in a healthy human, actually.
So a blood test won’t tell you anything about magnesium deficiency.
But how are we so deficient in the first place? In large part, because of two things: diet, and stress.
Our diet generally is low in magnesium, and the refined and processed foods in most American diets actually use up magnesium. For instance, every molecule of sugar requires 54 molecules of magnesium to adequately process.
Additionally, stress uses up magnesium, and most of us lead stressful lives. And cannabis, while great for many things, also depletes magnesium levels, meaning that even if it may help with stress, it doesn’t help with the magnesium deficiency.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to replenish magnesium and restore your body’s deficient:
1. Eat magnesium rich foods grown on organic soil.
2. Take ionic magnesium drops.
3. Apply magnesium oil to your skin! This is the second best way to raise your levels.
4. Soak in epsom salt baths. This will provide not only magnesium, but sulfur for your liver as well.