Magnesium deficiency is commonly referred to as a modern day silent epidemic, or the ‘invisible deficiency’. This is because it is known to be difficult to detect in a clinical setting because many of the symptoms of low magnesium levels are common symptoms of other health problems too and can show up like a pounding migraine – sounds sneaky doesn’t it?
A typical Western diet unfortunately fails when it comes to supplying a healthy amount of natural magnesium – refined and processed foods that are so available to us are stripped of this vital mineral. In addition, modern-day intensive farming methods have led to declining levels of nutrients in crops. In fact, a 2004 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compared nutrient content with levels during the 1950's, and found declines to be as much as 40%! (1)
Magnesium deficiency symptoms
With record numbers experiencing low levels of magnesium, it is important to be aware of the early warning signs so you can take action to increase levels as soon as possible. As mentioned, it can be hard to detect magnesium deficiency because it masquerades like the following common ailments:
• Inability to cope with stress
• Loss of appetite
• Muscle cramps/spasms
• Low energy/fatigue
• Blood sugar imbalance
At first, signs of magnesium deficiency can appear as a migraine or headache for example, but can develop into even more complicated issues like:
• Anxiety and panic attacks
• High blood pressure
• Nerve problems
• Blood sugar imbalance/Diabetes
• Blood clots
• Muscle cramps/spasms
• Heart Disease
• Liver Problems
• Raynaud’s syndrome
How to correct magnesium deficiency
There are many ways you can beat magnesium deficiency like increasing magnesium-rich foods in your diet. Juicing leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale is a popular way to add a more concentrated hit of the mineral into your diet. Make sure to choose organic produce for the best results.
Also, cooking and processing depletes the mineral content of any food, so try to eat vegetables raw or lightly steamed whenever possible to maximize your intake of key nutrients.
Another way to boost your magnesium levels is to keep alcohol, fizzy or sugary drinks and caffeine intake to a minimum. Drinking too much of them can interfere with the body’s absorption of vitamin D, which in turn, can affect magnesium absorption.
Magnesium can be poorly absorbed by the body so it’s important to optimize gut health to ensure maximum benefits – so why not try relaxing in an Epsom salt bath at the end of your day? Getting into the healthy habit of juicing every morning and having a warm salty bath at night is a surefire kickstart to increase magnesium levels in your body and making sure you’ve got it all under control.
1. Journal of the American College of Nutrition: www.americancollegeofnutrition.org/content/the-journal