Perhaps you’ve felt exhausted lately. Or just can’t get rid of that irritating eye twitch. What seems like harmless, even natural physical reactions can really be your body offering you an important clue. You could suffer from a magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium deficiency might be harming your health without you even knowing. Many medical experts have dubbed it the ‘invisible deficiency’ because it is difficult to diagnose, yet magnesium deficiencies are prevalent and can be more dangerous than you think.
Magnesium is essential to your body’s internal reactions and responses. It affects everything from your heartbeat to muscle and hormone functions. It regulates calcium levels, contributes to energy production and activates enzymes in the body. It is estimated that nearly 75% of adults are below the recommended daily amount of magnesium in their diets.
How do I know if I’m deficient?
Many of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency—nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, muscle spasms—are common side effects of other health conditions or behavioral habits, making the deficiency difficult to diagnose. While symptoms can be minor, a deficiency may ultimately cause muscle issues like tingling, cramping, numbness and contractions as well as personality changes such as depression, anxiety and mood swings.
The condition may be challenging to detect with medical tests, so many medical professionals will make a diagnoses through examining a patient’s lifestyle and dietary habits.
Some symptoms to monitor, however, are:
– difficulty sleeping
– painful muscle spasms
– eye twitches
– muscle cramping
– respiratory issues
How is my diet affecting my magnesium levels?
When it comes to magnesium, it is oftentimes what you are consuming, rather than what you are not. Some food and drinks can make magnesium more difficult to absorb into the body. Soda, caffeinated beverages and alcohol can interfere with your body’s magnesium levels. Refined sugar can also cause the body to excrete magnesium through your kidneys.
If you drink carbonated, alcoholic or caffeinated drinks regularly, you may be at risk for a magnesium deficiency and should monitor your intake.
Where can I get the magnesium I need?
Through a combination of diet and supplementation, you should be able to replenish your body’s stores of magnesium. Chances are, you probably won’t be able to get the recommended amount from diet alone, which is why proper nutritional supplementation is beneficial.
In these cases, active magnesium supplementation may be a crucial element of restoring your body to good health. SlimGenics recommends taking our proprietary Slim-Assist™ Calcium and Magnesium Supplement with B12 and Zinc. Studies have shown that calcium supplementation without magnesium supplementation in tandem may actually reduce magnesium absorption and retention. However, magnesium can actually improve the body’s use of calcium, so taking magnesium with calcium is advantageous to your health. Take back control of your health with nutritional eating habits and targeted magnesium and calcium supplementation.