Did you know that approximately 75% of Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium? This might be a 2009 statistic from the World Health Organization but still, that is concerning. We often talk about vitamin D supplements, iron for women, and as many people eat more plant-based, protein becomes top of mind.
But should we pay more attention to our magnesium intake? Magnesium keeps your muscles and nerves working and supports healthy blood sugar levels.
If 75% of Americans are lacking in magnesium, then chances are you could be at risk for not getting enough of this nutrient.
Here are 10 symptoms of low magnesium that you can talk to your health professional about:
Muscle cramps, including restless leg syndrome, maybe caused by more than the result of an intense workout. Twitches, aches, or cramps are all possible symptoms of low magnesium.
With the global pandemic, many of us are feeling more anxious and down than usual. But did you know that increasing your magnesium intake may help? Low magnesium can cause anxiety and depression, experts have said this is particularly true of athletes who burned more of the nutrient through physical activity. Studies have also shown that it can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression but make sure to speak to your health professional to discuss all your options.
Magnesium helps blood vessels from constricting so when your body is low on magnesium, it has a tougher time allowing the blood to flow through your body. Ensuring you’re getting enough magnesium can help increase blood flow and avoid high blood pressure.
Although fluoride seems to get all the attention when it comes to dental health, magnesium is also important in keeping teeth healthy and fighting tooth decay. So if you’re having issues with healthy teeth and tooth decay, it could be a symptom of low magnesium.
Feeling fatigued, overly tired, or just worn out could be a symptom of many things including working yourself too hard and not getting enough sleep. But if none of that is true for you and you’re feeling fatigued, looking at your magnesium intake could help.
A lack of magnesium could cause the calcium in your blood to drop, leading to an irregular heartbeat. If you feel your heartbeat may be irregular, speak to your health professional immediately.
Magnesium is an important nutrient in preventing and living with osteoporosis or osteopenia. Ensuring you have enough magnesium means your body can maintain the optimal level of calcium in the body. So when speaking to your doctor about bone health, make sure to discuss your magnesium levels.
Like fatigue, nausea can be linked to low magnesium. Although nausea can be linked to a number of possible ailments, make sure to have your doctor check your magnesium levels if you suffer from persistent nausea.
Low magnesium is associated with insulin resistance. If you have pre-diabetes, supplementation may also improve blood sugar and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes.
Just like low magnesium can lead to or contribute to anxiety and depression, it can also lead to mood swings and disorders. Magnesium plays a key role in brain function and too low amounts of it in our systems can result in unstable moods.
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