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Magnesium Deficiency: What You Should Know

By Sara Butler

When you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle there’s a lot to keep track of. You must make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and the right balance of macronutrients, enough exercise, and all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body healthy. Magnesium is an important element to keep your body working optimally, but nearly half of all Americans don’t get enough, according to the National Institutes of Health. If you’re not getting enough, there can be serious consequences to your health. Here are a few signs of magnesium deficiency that should be on your radar.

What Magnesium Does

Magnesium is a mineral your body needs to keep almost every organ in your body functioning. It assists your body with metabolism, keeps blood pressure and blood sugar levels under control, supports your immune system, and keeps your heart beating regularly. It’s also an essential component of the well-functioning nerves and the formation of bone and muscle.

It’s recommended that people between 18 and 30 get 310 milligrams a day of magnesium, while people over 30 need about 320 milligrams each day.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

If you’re not getting enough magnesium, you might experience:

  • Headaches
  • Reduced energy
  • Poor sleep
  • Muscle cramps, especially at night
  • Reduced appetite

If you have a severe deficiency, then you can also experience tremors, anxiety, arrhythmia, or even seizures.

Are You at Risk?

There are certain lifestyle factors that can cause you to be more prone to magnesium deficiency. If you consume excessive amounts of alcohol, you’re at a higher risk. You’re also at an increased risk if you eat mostly processed foods without enough fresh vegetables.

People with Crohn’s disease, type 2 diabetes, or celiac disease are also at risk, as these conditions can make it more difficult for the body to absorb magnesium from the foods eaten. If you’re extremely active, you’re at risk too, because your body uses up the vitamins and minerals you eat. Make sure to have your blood tested regularly to help monitor your nutrient levels.

Magnesium is important to your overall health, so make sure to do what you must to get it! If you suspect that symptoms you're experiencing are the result of a deficiency of this important mineral, then talk to a trusted healthcare professional about your symptoms so you can find the root cause and treat it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fontana, Calif.

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