WHY We’re All Deficient In Magnesium: Top Signs And What You Can Do

Magnesium-Deficient

If you know what to look for, you can easily spot the signs of magnesium deficiency in your body. Only, the symptoms are so usual that they can easily slip your attention!

Even doctors hardly notice that the aches and ailments we suffer from on a daily basis are actually magnesium deficiency symptoms. Just about every single person you talk to, especially those with a developed medical condition, are suffering from this nationwide deficiency in smaller or greater degree. You may find yourself to be one of them!

So, let’s explain what magnesium exactly is:

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, next to sulfur (which is equally important).So, magnesium is life-supporting mineral.

Besides being a mineral, magnesium is also an electrolyte. Sugar-filled scams (also known as ‘sports drinks’) claim to contain electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Because exercisers sweat away these important nutrients during exercise, their deficiency is what leads to the common problems athletes face – muscle cramping! But take my word for this, electrolytes (magnesium especially) do so much more good than just treat and prevent muscle cramps! 

To begin with, electrolytes are the thing that allows us to be living electrical beings. They are in charge of all electrical activity (and thus brain conductivity) in the body. Without electrolytes like magnesium, your muscles cannot contract and release, your heart cannot beat, and your brain cannot receive and emit any signals! Your bodies desperately need a daily dose of magnesium to stay alive and kicking.

The moment you run out of magnesium supplies, you start to lose the energy and conductivity that keeps you rolling. Technically, as soon as you become deficient, you slowly begin to die, getting more pains day in and day out, and feeling worse for wear year after year. I simply can’t argument it enough… Signs of magnesium deficiency are literally everywhere if you just take a closer look.

Magnesium is a ‘partner’ in over 300 reactions in the body, considered necessary for transmission of nerve impulses, temperature regulation, detoxification of the liver, and formation of healthy bones and teeth. However, magnesium is the real star when it comes to cardiovascular health.

The Weston A. Price Foundation writes, “Magnesium alone can fulfill the role of many common cardiac medications: magnesium inhibits blood clots (like aspirin), thins the blood (like Coumadin), blocks calcium uptake (like calcium channel-blocking drugs such as Procardia) and relaxes blood vessels (like ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec).”

Yes, nearly EVERYONE shows signs of magnesium deficiency, but NOT EVERYONE realizes it!

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Muscle cramps and muscular pain
  • Migranes
  • Constipation
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Lethargy
  • Impaired memory/thinking
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Headaches
  • Tendonitis
  • Anger
  • Aggression
  • ADHD
  • Brain fog
  • Tension
  • Anxiety disorders such as OCD

In fact, anything that makes you tense could potentially be due to magnesium deficiency. If you can’t relax— think magnesium wise! Full-blown health problems can even be tied back to this crucial mineral. Most patients with ANY chronic disease or issue benefit greatly from magnesium supplementation therapy. This is because chronic illnesses and stress terribly deplete magnesium.

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The following are conditions that are likely to have magnesium deficiency at their root:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Heart palpitations
  • Osteoporosis (indeed, magnesium is even more important for bone health than the good old calcium!)
  • Diabetes
  • Sudden death in patients with congestive heart failure  
  • Kidney stones

Similarly, patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neuro-vegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome.”  – Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Amazingly, the article referenced above even mentions neuro-vegetative disorders as a possible result of magnesium deficiency. This would include the state of coma. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences can immediately lead to complete depletion of magnesium stores.

Could this be a contributing factor to why we see comas after traumatic accidents/injuries?

Magnesium is an electrolyte responsible for brain signals and conductivity. Without magnesium, people in comas may not be able to come to and resume conductivity that is to regain consciousness. Many people with diabetes also fall into diabetic comas.

Diabetes is listed as another possible consequence of magnesium deficiency. Could this be a factor in diabetic comas as well? It is definitely something to think about and research much deeper.

‘Sugar cravings’ that actually are not that

Do you crave for chocolate? Have you given it a second thought, why people, when stressed out, go for chocolate? The answer is, they think they need some energy-boosting carbs, but what they actually crave for is magnesium. And chocolate is one of the highest food sources of magnesium!

Magnesium has been associated with so many disorders that Dr. Carolyn Dean of the Nutritional Magnesium Association has devoted an entire book to discussing how she has treated thousands of patients for a wide array of diseases, with magnesium as the primary healing component.

Why don’t doctors find magnesium deficiencies in tests results?

Unfortunately, conventional medicine has not ‘woken up’ to the amount of research that has been done on magnesium deficiency. One of the reasons why the Western medicine is so off base with magnesium is the way they test it: with blood tests.

Blood tests do not show ANY information on magnesium… This info is simply lost!Why is this?

The body controls the levels of blood magnesium very tightly, this is why. If the magnesium in the blood drops only slightly, you’re going to have a heart attack. It’s that sample. In order to prevent this, the body will literally rob all of its cells, tissues, and bones of magnesium to keep the blood levels of magnesium constant. If you do a blood test for magnesium, the cells could be completely empty while your blood levels remain constant.

To make things worse, magnesium is not even in your blood. 99% of the magnesium in the body is stored in the cells that get robbed while only 1% of your body’s total magnesium is in the blood stream. You see, these tests are a complete waste of time, and nobody is educating doctors to this reality!

A serum test for magnesium is actually worse than ineffective, because a test result that is within normal limits lends a false sense of security about the status of the mineral in the body. It also explains why doctors don’t recognize magnesium deficiency. They assume serum magnesium levels are an accurate measure of all the magnesium in the body.” – says Dr. Carolyn Dean, in her book The Magnesium Miracle.

What is this deficiency due to?

Here’s a short version of the culprits:

1. We’re being poisoned by our food.

2. We’re increasingly stressed out. We’re running our engines on ‘high’ to keep up with life’s demands and it’s draining us as a wet towel. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences lead to depletion of magnesium stocks.

3.We’re eating more sugar than ever. Here is the ratio: For every molecule of sugar we consume, our bodies use 54 molecules of magnesium to process it!

4. Low levels in the soil and modern farming techniques deplete stores of magnesium.

5. And lastly, magnesium is depleted by many prescription drugs and estrogen compounds such as oral contraceptives, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone, and blood pressure medications (“Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook,” Pelton, 2001). Diuretics in coffee and tea (caffeine) also raise excretion levels. Oh, and by the way, fluoride in water competes for absorption with magnesium among the rest!

Refined and processed foods are stripped of their mineral, vitamin, and fiber content. These are anti-nutrient foods because they actually ‘steal’ magnesium in order to be metabolized.

When consumed, they demand that we supplement with magnesium or we are destined to break down eventually due to severe deficiency. Like stated above, sugar is the worst wrongdoer. Every single molecule of sugar you consume drags over 50 times the amount of magnesium out of your body.

You may argue that you eat a healthy diet, right? But, processed products are not the only foods that are devoid of magnesium. In general, magnesium has been depleted from topsoil, diminishing dietary intake across the board, while our need for magnesium has increased due to the high levels of toxic exposure in our daily lives – air, water, plastics, chemicals, the list goes on and on…

The soil is depleted of magnesium because of the pesticides sprayed on all conventionally-grown plants and worldwide pollution that affects even the cleanest fields. Pesticides also kill those beneficial bacteria and fungi that are necessary for plants to convert soil nutrients into plant nutrients usable by humans.

The best ways to get your magnesium levels high:

  1. You can eat magnesium-rich foods grown on organic soil.
  2. You can take ionic magnesium drops. Mind you, this has become my new favorite method, which I have learned from The Magnesium Miracle book by Dr.Carolyn Dean
  3. You can apply magnesium oil directly to your skin! This is the second best way to raise your levels.
  4. You can soak and bath in Epsom salt baths. This will provide not only magnesium, but also sulfur for your liver.
World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of
magnesium
Food Serving
Size
Cals Amount
(mg)
DRI/DV
(%)
Nutrient
Density
World’s
Healthiest
Foods Rating
Spinach 1 cup 41.4 156.60 39 17.0 excellent
Swiss Chard 1 cup 35.0 150.50 38 19.4 excellent
Beet Greens 1 cup 38.9 97.92 24 11.3 excellent
Pumpkin Seeds 0.25 cup 180.3 190.92 48 4.8 very good
Summer Squash 1 cup 36.0 43.20 11 5.4 very good
Turnip Greens 1 cup 28.8 31.68 8 4.9 very good
Soybeans 1 cup 297.6 147.92 37 2.2 good
Sesame Seeds 0.25 cup 206.3 126.36 32 2.8 good
Black Beans 1 cup 227.0 120.40 30 2.4 good
Quinoa 0.75 cup 222.0 118.40 30 2.4 good
Cashews 0.25 cup 221.2 116.80 29 2.4 good
Sunflower Seeds 0.25 cup 204.4 113.75 28 2.5 good
Navy Beans 1 cup 254.8 96.46 24 1.7 good
Tempeh 4 oz 222.3 87.32 22 1.8 good
Buckwheat 1 cup 154.6 85.68 21 2.5 good
Pinto Beans 1 cup 244.5 85.50 21 1.6 good
Brown Rice 1 cup 216.4 83.85 21 1.7 good
Barley 0.33 cup 217.1 81.57 20 1.7 good
Lima Beans 1 cup 216.2 80.84 20 1.7 good
Millet 1 cup 207.1 76.56 19 1.7 good
Kidney Beans 1 cup 224.8 74.34 19 1.5 good
Oats 0.25 cup 151.7 69.03 17 2.0 good
Tofu 4 oz 164.4 65.77 16 1.8 good
Almonds 0.25 cup 132.2 61.64 15 2.1 good
Rye 0.33 cup 188.5 61.35 15 1.5 good
Wheat 1 cup 151.1 58.24 15 1.7 good
Papaya 1 medium 118.7 57.96 14 2.2 good
Flaxseeds 2 TBS 74.8 54.88 14 3.3 good
Green Peas 1 cup 115.7 53.72 13 2.1 good
Tuna 4 oz 147.4 47.63 12 1.5 good
Scallops 4 oz 125.9 41.96 10 1.5 good
Collard Greens 1 cup 62.7 39.90 10 2.9 good
Beets 1 cup 74.8 39.10 10 2.4 good
Broccoli 1 cup 54.6 32.76 8 2.7 good
Brussels Sprouts 1 cup 56.2 31.20 8 2.5 good
Raspberries 1 cup 64.0 27.06 7 1.9 good
Winter Squash 1 cup 75.8 26.65 7 1.6 good
Cabbage 1 cup 43.5 25.50 6 2.6 good
Asparagus 1 cup 39.6 25.20 6 2.9 good
Kale 1 cup 36.4 23.40 6 2.9 good
Green Beans 1 cup 43.8 22.50 6 2.3 good
Tomatoes 1 cup 32.4 19.80 5 2.8 good
Cantaloupe 1 cup 54.4 19.20 5 1.6 good
Strawberries 1 cup 46.1 18.72 5 1.8 good
Bok Choy 1 cup 20.4 18.70 5 4.1 good
Mustard Greens 1 cup 36.4 18.20 5 2.2 good
Cumin 2 tsp 15.8 15.37 4 4.4 good
Parsley 0.50 cup 10.9 15.20 4 6.3 good
Watermelon 1 cup 45.6 15.20 4 1.5 good
Mustard Seeds 2 tsp 20.3 14.80 4 3.3 good
Fennel 1 cup 27.0 14.79 4 2.5 good
Leeks 1 cup 32.2 14.56 4 2.0 good
Basil 0.50 cup 4.9 13.57 3 12.5 good
Cucumber 1 cup 15.6 13.52 3 3.9 good
Romaine Lettuce 2 cups 16.0 13.16 3 3.7 good
Cauliflower 1 cup 28.5 11.16 3 1.8 good
Celery 1 cup 16.2 11.11 3 3.1 good
Bell Peppers 1 cup 28.5 11.04 3 1.7 good
Cloves 2 tsp 11.5 10.88 3 4.3 good
World’s Healthiest
Foods Rating
Rule
excellent DRI/DV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10%
very good DRI/DV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5%
good DRI/DV>=25% OR
Density>=1.5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5%

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Sources and references:
Weston A. Price Foundation (Pelton, 2001)
Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Oxford Journals – Magnesium Basics: http://ckj.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/Suppl_1/i3.full
Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD: http://drcarolyndean.com/magnesium_miracle/

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