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Are You Getting Enough Magnesium? Signs of a Magnesium Deficiency and What You Can Do About It

Do you have muscle spasms and cramps at night? Tired all the time? An annoying eye twitch? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may well have a magnesium deficiency.

Why your body needs magnesium?

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals required to stay healthy. It is needed for more than 300 different biochemical processes to help the body to function properly.

Magnesium has a wide range of health benefits which includes regulating your body temperature, forming healthy, strong bones and teeth, producing energy, detoxifying the body and transmitting nerve impulses.

It improves muscle functioning, prevents osteoporosis, reduces hypertension, and has a role to play in preventing  insomnia, cramps, migraines, bronchospasm, constipation, gallstones and kidney stones.

Most people are not even aware that their bodies are lacking in magnesium. While we should be getting adequate amounts of magnesium from food, this is not always possible and supplementation is therefore recommended.

Here are signs that may indicate that you have a magnesium deficiency.

1. Muscle Cramps

If you’ve had muscle cramps, then you will know how sore and painful they are. Magnesium helps to loosen and relax tight muscles. It keeps muscles flexible.

When your body is low in magnesium, painful spasms, tightness and pain occurs when the muscles contract involuntarily. This can take the form of period pains, or cramping in other muscles like the calves. It may also result in involuntary twitches and spasms – for example in the face.

2. Stress and anxiety

Feeling stressed and anxious all the time? Magnesium is essential for a healthy nervous system. It relaxes the nervous system, elevates the mood and keeps stress and anxiety under control.

3. High blood pressure

If your blood pressure levels remain high even though you’ve made lifestyle changes like eating healthier, reducing your salt intake and exercising regularly, you may be deficient in magnesium.

Magnesium dilates the blood vessels and prevents spasm in your heart muscle and blood vessel walls. When your body is low on magnesium, your blood vessels constrict more causing your blood pressure levels to increase.

4. Sleep problems

Struggling to sleep? In order to sleep better, your body and mind need to be relaxed – magnesium is basically the relaxation mineral. If your nervous system is not functioning well, your body is probably needing more magnesium.

5.  Constipation

Many of us have an iffy digestive system and frequently feel constipated. Feeling constipated can be linked directly to a magnesium deficiency.

When your body is low in magnesium, your intestines will contract more and waste will be difficult to pass. Magnesium helps to relax the bowels which will help your overall digestive system to function better.

What you can do to get more magnesium?

1. Eat foods rich in magnesium

Which foods are high in magnesium? Increase your intake of foods that are high in magnesium – leafy greens, bananas, avocado, beans and lentils, nuts, seeds, quinoa, fish and dark chocolate (70% cocoa).

Eat more of these foods to address low magnesium levels – as always organically grown is best to ensure high nutrient levels.
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2. Take Magnesium supplements

Modern farming methods mean that our food is not as nutrient rich as what it used to be. It is therefore necessary to supplement, especially if you have any of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency mentioned above.

Take magnesium supplements such as Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Vitamin B 6, Magnesium Chloride, or Magnesium Complex to raise magnesium levels.

Magnesium supplements are available from the Solgar range - Visit the Feelgood Health shop at 8 Gabriel Road, Plumstead, Cape Town or call 021 797 0193 to order.
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3. Use a topical Magnesium Oil

While oral magnesium supplements are a good idea, studies have shown that magnesium is best absorbed transdermally (through the skin). In fact, transdermal magnesium absorption is one of the main reasons that people appear to have ‘miracle’ cures after ‘taking the waters’ in magnesium rich water such as the Dead Sea.

When magnesium is absorbed into the skin, it brings useable magnesium directly into the cells. One way of obtaining magnesium transdermally is via specially prepared magnesium oil.

If you have sore muscles and painful joints, use RollAway Reliever which contains Magnesium Oil as well as arnica, to  bring quick relief and also increase your magnesium levels.
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4. Soak in a magnesium bath

A warm, magnesium bath is not only relaxing but also soothes tired, sore muscles. Use epsom salts which is 100% magnesium sulfate or use magnesium flakes. Add a cup of Epsom salts or magnesium flakes into your bath water and allow it be absorbed into your skin.
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5. Natural remedies can help relieve symptoms of low magnesium deficiency

There are a number of natural remedies from the Feelgood Health that can help relieve symptoms related to  low magnesium levels.

RollAway Relievera roll-on magnesium and arnica oil helps to increase transdermal  magnesium intake and relieve muscle and joint pain and spasms
MobiLive – a natural anti-inflammatory with white willow bark that helps to ease joint and muscle pain without the negative side effects of prescription or over the counter anti-inflammatories
• For stress and anxiety, use PureCalm – a wonderfully, soothing herbal remedy which relieves anxiety, nervous tension and irritability. PureCalm also contains Passiflora – a natural muscle relaxant.
• Takeake HighRite, a natural and proven herbal remedy to maintain healthy blood pressure levels and reduce hypertension.
• If you have difficulty sleeping, Serenite Plus is a herbal remedy that helps to induce drowsiness and relaxation, thereby promoting a deep, trouble-free slumber.
• Treat constipation using a natural laxative such as Natural Moves which promotes regular bowel movements and also is gentle on the body’s system.  
Femalite is a herbal remedy especially formulated for PMS and muscle cramps associated with menstruation.
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For customers in the USA, please see the following: - PureCalm, HighRite, Serenite Plus, Natural Moves, Femalite

 

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