Did you know? A whopping 90 percent of humans are estimated to be deficient in magnesium. This mineral is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body! Magnesium impacts blood pressure, metabolism, and immune function.
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral found in the Earth, sea, plants, animals, and humans. The majority (60 percent) of magnesium is found in your bones, while the rest is in your muscles, soft tissues, and fluids. Every cell in your body needs magnesium to function. One of magnesium’s main roles is acting as a cofactor or “helper molecule” in the biochemical reactions performed by enzymes.
Magnesium is involved in energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements, and nervous system regulation. So you can imagine how important it is to maintain adequate amounts of magnesium in your body.
Signs you may be deficient in magnesium
- You’re addicted to sugar.
- You take calcium supplements.
- You drink soda and other sugar-filled drinks.
- You suspect or have been diagnosed with celiac disease or other digestive disorders, like Crohn’s disease.
- You consume a lot of processed food and conventional dairy.
- You have a water softener or drink city water.
- You have Type 2 diabetes.
- You avoid green vegetables, leafy greens, and raw, unprocessed nuts and seeds.
- You are an older adult or take prescription medications.
- You eat food grown in depleted soils, the majority of the population.
10 Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Some experts claim that magnesium deficiency is the single-largest health problem in our world today. Here are some symptoms that you may be experiencing due to a lack of magnesium.
- Calcification of the arteries
- Muscle Spasming & Cramping
- Anxiety & Depression
- Hormone Imbalances
- High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
- Pregnancy Discomfort
- Low Energy
- Poor Bone Health
- Sleep Problems
- Poor Mineral & Vitamin Absorption
How To Boost Your Magnesium Levels
Believe it or not, magnesium deficiency is actually quite simple for the body to resolve with the right form of magnesium. Most of the supplements on the market are pills or solutions taken internally. Though these can be effective, experts estimate that magnesium absorption in the digestive system ranges from 20-55 percent, depending on the source. That means more than half of the magnesium leaves the body as waste.
Research currently shows that a combination of oral magnesium (in the right form) and topical magnesium is ideal for boosting low levels. A slow-release option can have an absorption rate up to 85 percent. Here at Immunity Health Spa, we offer one of the best oral magnesium supplements on the market, Eildon Magnesium Concentrate.
Foods Abundant in Magnesium
There are plenty of nutrient-dense foods that are rich sources of magnesium. The following contain high levels of the anti-stress mineral:
- Dark chocolate
- Nuts and seeds (specifically pumpkin seeds)
- Leafy greens (kale, spinach and chard)
- Wild-caught fish
- Himalayan pink sea salt
- Sea vegetables
- Grass-fed dairy (though controversial in certain dietary camps)
Immunity Health Spa is dedicated to accurately providing nutrient testing and giving the highest-quality forms of supplementation available.