I consider Magnesium a super mineral, yet many people in today’s world don’t think much about it. Magnesium not only has many important roles, but is also a simple way to heal many problems, aches and imbalances in the body. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 metabolic functions in our bodies. 300 IS A LOT! And to top it off, over 75% of the U.S. population is suffering with a magnesium deficiency (and probably are unaware). Chances are if you’re struggling with any of the following, you are magnesium deficient and could use an extra boost to get your body back up and running at its best:
How do you know if you are not getting enough magnesium? Ask yourself these questions:
Do I have a hard time sleeping at night?
Do I feel like I get good sleep but am always tired when I wake up?
Do my muscles ache, especially when I’m trying to fall asleep?
Do I experience muscle cramping, especially in the middle of the night?
Do I crave chocolate 24/7 and seem to never be able to get enough of it?
Do I experience mood swings?
Do I have low energy most of the time?
Have I been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?
Do I struggle with anxiety or depression?
Are my hormones out of balance?
Do I have unexplained high blood pressure?
Do my cuts, injuries, scrapes and wounds heal slowly?
And to top it off, having an ongoing magnesium deficiency can trigger any of the following:
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Blood Clots
- Bowel Diseases
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Nerve Problems
- Tooth Decay
Here are some foods high in Magnesium that you should start including in your diet (if you are not already):
- Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts
- Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Figs
- Cacao (or dark chocolate)
- Lima Beans, Navy Beans
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dark Leafy Greens (especially spinach)
- Salmon and Halibut (both wild caught)
What about Magnesium supplements?
There are 3 different kinds of magnesium supplements – sprays, capsules and liquids. Liquids are the quickest to digest and be absorbed by the body, but can also can diarrhea quite rapidly. Even capsules or tablets can cause diarrhea because of their direct contact with the digestive system. I personally recommend sprays to my clients because you can spray them on your body, still have their effects as the skin is quick to absorb them, but don’t risk the chance of experiencing diarrhea because they are not in your digestive system. Click here to see the brand that I personally use and recommend.
A Word of Caution
High intakes of zinc, fiber and protein can decrease magnesium uptake. If you are taking magnesium but still feel like you are deficient, consider what other foods you are eating and see if they might be contributing to a magnesium absorption issue. You are also more likely to be magnesium deficient if you have intestinal or GI problems, kidney problems, or consume high amounts of alcohol.