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What do cramping, muscle tightness, fatigue, inflammation, poor sleep, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, weakness, memory problems and excessive stress- all common issues that many of us face- have in common?
The answer is that a deficiency in an important mineral could be a primary contributor to these problems.
“Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It affects everything from your heartbeat to your muscles to your hormones,” says Dr. Danine Fruge, Associate Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to over 3500 different health ailments and diseases.
Recent studies show that 48% of Americans have inadequate intakes of magnesium and some studies suggest that number may be even higher, closer to 75%.
New findings are showing that even when magnesium intake is high, most people consume far too many foods and beverages that cause the body to excrete magnesium so the absorption and usage of their dietary magnesium is still below normal.
The primary “magnesium stealers” are sugar, caffeine, alcohol and soda. Consuming these causes magnesium to be excreted from the body and therefore requires even more magnesium consumption to make up for the loss.
Although some people try to measure their magnesium levels through blood work, this has been shown to be misleading because only about 1% of the body’s total serum magnesium is in the blood. The rest is stored in other tissues. This can make diagnosis of a magnesium deficiency very difficult.
For this reason, I recommend forgoing any testing and increasing consumption of magnesium rich foods and adding a magnesium supplement even if you are not yet experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.
Some foods that are high in magnesium include dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, squash and pumpkin seeds, fish, beans, lentils, quinoa, brown rice and avocado. For a more complete list, go here- http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/
For magnesium supplementation, try to stay away from tablets as they tend to have low absorption rates. I use a dissolvable magnesium powder that tastes good and absorbs well. Click the green link below to find it online.
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