5 signs and symptoms of a magnesium deficiency
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals that your body needs. It is found in a lot of our daily foods, which is a good thing because your body uses a lot of it.
Magnesium is involved in hundreds of processes in our body and plays an important role in our metabolism, the build-up of proteins in the body and good muscle function.
A magnesium deficiency is a common but overlooked health problem that can cause a lot of symptoms and can even lead to illnesses such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression.
There are a number of important symptoms that you can pay attention to and look out for to prevent a magnesium deficiency.
This article lists 5 signs of a possible magnesium deficiency.
1. Fatigue and muscle weakness
Magnesium contributes to the normal functioning of our brains and nervous system and plays a major role in physical and mental exertion.
Magnesium is important to stay mentally balanced and a magnesium deficiency can lead to lack of sleep, poor memory, impaired learning and lack of concentration.
Magnesium deficiency may cause fatigue or muscle weakness, but keep in mind that these are not specific signs of a deficiency unless they are accompanied by other symptoms.
Stress is difficult to avoid these days. Our body needs a healthy dose of stress to function properly, but having too much stress is often closely related to a magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is also called the anti-stress mineral, because your body uses a lot of magnesium in times of (excess) stress. This can be either physical stress from exercising or manual labour or mental stress from a demanding job in which your body can use some extra magnesium.
Do you currently experience a lot of stress? Do you exercise regularly? Then it is probably a good thing to eat more magnesium-rich foods (beans, lentils, bananas, almonds, nuts, whole grains, dark chocolate) and/or start taking a magnesium supplement.
3. Vertigo (dizziness)
Magnesium helps to regulate the levels of other minerals in your body, such as calcium, potassium, copper and zinc. Lack of magnesium can therefore increase your risk of developing an electrolyte imbalance, which can lead to dehydration, dizziness and cognitive decline.
Are you often fatigued, dizzy or light-head? Then be sure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and try adding a magnesium supplement to help reduce some of these symptoms.
4. High blood pressure
Magnesium relaxes and dilates the blood vessels in our body and has a blood pressure lowering effect. A magnesium deficiency may therefore increase blood pressure and promote high blood pressure which is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease.
A healthy lifestyle with daily exercise and a diet that contains lots of whole-foods such as legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains, increases your intake of magnesium and other healthy nutrients. This with the aid of a magnesium supplement can significantly lower your risk of high blood pressure.
5. Muscle cramps
Magnesium is a very important mineral for athletes and people that engage in a lot of physical activity. It is used for muscle function and plays an important role in the production of energy in your body.
Many athletes therefore regularly take a magnesium supplement to replenish lost magnesium (through sweating) and prevent or reduce muscle cramps.
Eat plenty of vegetables, nuts and pulses and make sure that you get enough rest and drink plenty of water before and after your training to prevent muscle cramps.
Although some studies concluded that magnesium supplements are not an effective treatment for muscle cramps, it certainly can't hurt to try a high quality supplement.
In this article we have identified a number of important signs and symptoms that may be the cause of a magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in many processes in our body and it is therefore important to have a good amount of magnesium in your diet.
Magnesium is very common in nature and is found in many natural foods. Green leafy vegetables, avocado, bananas, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, seeds and cocoa in particular are high in magnesium.
In order to ensure that they meet their daily magnesium requirements people also often add a magnesium supplement.
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