Could you Be Suffering from a Mineral Deficiency?

What mineral is linked to over 300 bodily functions and over half the population are insomnia2deficient in it? Can you guess?

Magnesium! This mineral is believed to play one of the most important roles in maintaining our health.

Health Problems Associated with Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to an array of health problems from asthma and allergies to  attention deficit disorder, anxiety, heart disease, muscle cramps and numerous other ailments.

Magnesium is vital for cells and cellular health as it is a  foundational building block of cell physiology. Often when people don't have enough magnesium they can have problems sleeping, and get muscle cramps at night which can be very stressful. Furthermore there have been studies which link migraines to a lack of magnesium.

Therefore it's vital to ensure that you're not deficient in magnesium if you want to experience abundant health and to avoid serious degenerative diseases which can seriously effect the quality of your life.

Why Do We Become Magnesium Deficient.

There are various reasons why any one person may become deficient in magnesium, it may be caused by;

  • The water we drink which nowadays doesn't contain the minerals it used to as most of them are filtered out and replaced with chemicals(however areas with hard water the population to seem to have higher levels of magnesium in contrast to people living in soft water areas).
  •  A diet that is highly processed and doesn't contain enough whole foods and vegetables.
  • Eating high levels of sugar can effect our bodies ability to hold onto our store of magnesium and our kidneys begin to excrete magnesium.
  • Our consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic drinks can stop our bodies from absorbing many minerals, especially magnesium.
  • Drinking carbonated soft drinks which contain phosphates mean that magnesium is than bound in the body and is basically useless to us.

Although these factors mentioned are all important to address if you think you may be deficient in magnesium it is also important to consider the effect of certain medications on our bodies' ability to retain magnesium. There are many antibiotics which cause depletion of our bodies levels of magnesium as well as a wide range of diuretics. Due to the high levels of estrogen in birth control pills these can also effect our levels of magnesium. Immuno-suppressant drugs such as those used as anti cancer medication can lead to deficiency in magnesium as well as antineoplastics that is used for chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

How to Increase Our Consumption of Magnesium

With all this taken into consideration it is important for us to consider how we can increase our levels of magnesium. Although some people do take supplements, which may be advisable in pregnancy or other extreme cases it is always better in my opinion to get our minerals from our diet. Magnesium is found in a wide variety of foods such as; leafy green vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts and seeds, legumes, fish, spirulina  and it is especially rich in cacao powder. I personally think making raw chocolate and adding nuts or seeds is an excellent way to increase your magnesium, if you aren't sure how to make raw chocolate then try our Choclicious chocolate making kit. Whilst adding magnesium rich foods to our diet it is also important to avoid things which prevent it being absorbed such as the things mentioned above.

Finally if you are overly concerned about your magnesium levels and have symptoms of magnesium deficiency then it is advisable to see a health care practitioner such as a naturopath and seriously consider changing your diet.

Resources for this article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1272307/pdf/westjmed00230-0028.pdf

http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-deficiency/causes-depletion/

http://www.naturalnews.com/038286_magnesium_deficiency_heart_disease.html