Magnesium is one of the critical minerals in our bodies. A lack of magnesium can manifest itself in a plethora of ways. Unfortunately, that can make it extremely hard to identify when you have a deficiency. Statistics vary among sources, but it is estimated that over 80 percent of people are magnesium deficient.
Part of the reason for this is modern agricultural techniques, which have caused soil depletion. This means that compared to 50 years ago, conventionally-grown vegetables may not take up as many minerals from the soil as they used to.
Up until a few years ago, natural spring water used to be an excellent source of minerals, but most people today drink filtered water, which has significantly fewer minerals in it by comparison.
Signs of Magnesium Deficiency
As mentioned above, because magnesium does so many things in our body, the range of symptoms of a deficiency can be quite broad. Some of the symptoms that might give you cause for consideration are
There is no better way to get vitamins and nutrients into your body than by eating foods that are high in magnesium. Foods that are high in magnesium include spinach, almonds, quinoa, cashews, and avocado. Of course, not everyone (i.e. kids) likes those foods.
If you find yourself in that situation, but still need to increase your magnesium intake, the solution may be to take regular magnesium supplements. There are some excellent magnesium supplements on the market today which will help. Dr. Della can discuss the various options with you and formulate a plan to ensure that you get your body in balance.
How to Retain the Magnesium You Already Have
Reduce Your Intake Of Medicines
It is important to understand that antibiotics, birth control pills, stomach acid blockers, and blood pressure medications will all deplete the magnesium stores in your body. Although cutting out over-the-counter and prescription medicines may not be a viable option for everyone, alternative solutions may be something to look at.
Drink Less Alcohol
Drinking the occasional glass of wine or pint of beer is not going to be a problem, but if you drink a lot of alcohol, this will deplete your mineral stores.
The results from correcting any magnesium imbalance usually are felt very quickly, so there is no need to suffer in silence. Any magnesium related issues can often be resolved within days or weeks. If you have any concerns or exhibit some of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, then call to arrange an appointment. We’d be happy to help you figure out how to get your body operating at its best.