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Every Known Illness can be Associated with a Lack of This 1 Common Mineral
Very few people are aware of the fact that every single cell in the human body requires adequate levels of magnesium to function; everything from bones and teeth, to balanced hormone levels and a healthy cardiovascular system. The soft tissues of the brain and the heart are perhaps the two organs that can be especially vulnerable to a magnesium insufficiency. Magnesium deficiency is a forecaster of diabetes and heart disease. Diabetics need more magnesium, yet, they lose more magnesium than most other people. In a report in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care, both men and women who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The thirst most people associate with diabetes is the body’s response to excessive urination. The body needs to dump glucose because of increasing insulin resistance that is a direct cause of a magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium’s Important Role
It’s amazing how few people are aware of the tremendous role magnesium plays in our body. After oxygen and food, magnesium may be the most important mineral needed by the body. Yet hardly anyone is aware of this. Everyone has heard of calcium, potassium, sodium, and iodine and the importance of those elements in your diet, still, millions of persons are suffering from a deficiency of magnesium with no knowledge of it.
Are You Deficient?
It’s very possible, yet, your doctor will most likely never know. Very few doctors check for magnesium levels when performing blood tests. Some of the most common symptoms are often the most subtle. Since most magnesium is stored in soft tissue, leg cramps, muscle twitching, back or foot pain can be the first signs. If a person’s magnesium level is severely low, numbness, tingling, seizures, and coronary spasms can occur. The following symptoms are common of low magnesium levels:
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Overly sensitive to noise
- Mental instabilities
- Anxiety, depression, or restlessness
- Soreness or spasms of the muscles
- PMS or fertility problems
- Unresolved stress
- Headaches, including migraines
- High blood pressure
- Heart palpitations or heart flutters
- Extreme fatigue
- Coldness in the extremities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of appetite
- Extreme thirst
- Sores or bruises that heal slowly
- Dry or itchy skin
- Back pain
- Body odor
- Poor short term memory
- Poor coordination
- Insulin resistance
- Cravings for carbohydrates
- Numerous cavities or poor dental health
- Stomach disorders
- Kidney stones
- Thyroid problems
If you have 5 or more of the above symptoms you more than likely have a magnesium deficiency.
Children Especially Need Magnesium
When dealing with autism and other neurological problems in children it’s important to know the signs of low magnesium: restlessness, the inability to keep still, grinding teeth, poor attention span, poor concentration, easily stressed, body rocking, irritability, aggressiveness. It’s easy to see that most children today suffer from an insufficient level of magnesium in their diets. This is because most children eat a lot of highly processed junk foods or fast foods which, although they provide calories, they have very little real nutrition. In a 2005 study, “What We Eat in America”, found that nearly half of all Americans age 1 year and over had insufficient magnesium levels. More than two thirds of teenagers, 14 – 18, had severe magnesium deficiencies.
Doctors and health officials should help and heal people, however, with their dismissal of the possibility that magnesium deficiencies could be the root cause of many illnesses, they add to the problem instead of relieving the problem.
Doesn’t Water Contain Magnesium?
It used to, yes. However, the addition of fluoride to drinking water has created a problem where magnesium binds itself to the fluoride. This creates an almost insoluble compound which actually increases the brittleness of the bone structure instead of strengthen them. Water could still contain an excellent source of magnesium, but only if it comes from deep wells with no added fluoridation. Read more about what’s in your water.
Isn’t Bottled Mineral Water Enough?
Read the labels. Even most bottled mineral waters are rather low in magnesium or have a high concentration of calcium.
How Do I get Enough Magnesium?
The bad news here is that magnesium is not well absorbed by the body’s digestive track. It’s even more difficult to absorb if you don’t have sufficient levels of vitamin D, or have a poor gastrointestinal track. It’s generally best to give your body several different sources of magnesium so it can absorb it in the manner that is easiest for your body. One of the ways you can help your body is to stop the consumptions of certain foods and drinks that deplete your body of magnesium more than is normal.
- Stop your consumption of caffeine
- Limit your consumption of sugar
- Stop or limit your consumption of processed and junk foods
- Stop or limit your consumption of alcohol. Find out how alcohol affects your body infographic.
Ways to Add Magnesium to your Body
- Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. Try sea vegetables, kelp, especially nettle. You will find many of these in an herb form in your local health food store. These are all good sources of magnesium; however, it will be very difficult to raise your levels of this mineral thorough diet alone.
- Eat almonds. Almonds are a good source of magnesium. One ounce of almonds provides 19 per cent of your daily requirement of this mineral.
- Potatoes are also good. Baked, not fried, and be sure to leave the skin on.
- Add supplements to your diet. There is a powdered form and a liquid that you can add to food or drinks. Start with the lowest dose and increase gradually as your body processes and stores it. If you have a damaged digestive tract you can also use a transdermal form and use magnesium oil, which is applied directly to the skin. Many people find this the most effective option.
If you add all the functions this important mineral is used for by the human body, along with the fact that very few Americans have sufficient levels of this mineral in their diets, then logically this means that there are literally millions of people walking around in the USA with multiple health symptoms directly related to an inadequate magnesium intake. Read also how to add zinc to your diet.