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Magnesium – The Second Largest Mineral Deficiency
Magnesium is second largest mineral deficiency in adults and children alike, after Essential Fatty Acids. It is estimated that 80 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium. In one of my prior posts, I told you that my hair analysis results showed that I had some vitamin and mineral deficiencies. My largest deficiency was Magnesium and second was Calcium. A week ago, I found an ionic version of Cal/Mag – ionic minerals are the most easily and well absorbed of all forms of minerals. The results of taking this supplement have been profound.
Magnesium is vital to the production of over 300 enzymes, particularly those involved in energy production. It is required in more than 500 biochemical processes within the body. It also assists in the absorption of calcium and potassium. Magnesium helps our body rid itself of the toxins we consume and face daily. A deficiency of magnesium causes our bodies to release more histamine, which increases severity of allergic symptoms i.e. coughing, congestion, irritability, fatigue, and muscle spasms. The more dairy that you or your child consumes, the more magnesium is needed. A deficiency in magnesium interferes with the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness. Magnesium is a sedative, meaning it calms the nerves and muscles and is helpful with hyperactivity and insomnia.
In a study described in “Raising Psychic Children”, children who received magnesium supplements showed a significant decrease in hyperactivity. Another study found that 95% of ADHD children were deficient in magnesium.
“A child that is ticklish, sensitive, impulsive, and excitable can be low in calcium and magnesium, especially magnesium. Rhythmical activities like thumb sucking, bed rocking, hair twisting, and foot jiggling usually indicate low levels of calcium and magnesium. More stress increases these activities. These children are restless, squirmy, disturb others, and fail to finish tasks.”
Other symptoms of Magnesium/Calcium deficiency include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Poor digestion
- Grinding teeth
- Cramping in calves
- Abdominal pain
- Poor sleeping
- Muscle weakness and twitching
- Chronic pain
- Chronic fatigue
Stress, too much exercise, or a diet high in salt, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, refined chocolate or fats can deplete magnesium stores in one’s body.
Food sources of magnesium
Magnesium is found in apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, peaches, cantaloupe, grapefruit, blackstrap molasses, oats, whole grains i.e. brown rice, raisins, figs, garlic, green leafy vegetables, nuts, sesame and sunflower seeds, beans, black-eyed peas, carrots, fish, dark good quality chocolate and others.
Thankfully, my only symptoms of being magnesium deficient were frequent chocolate cravings, not having large enough bowel movements (I had to go there, didn’t I?) minor digestive challenges and soreness in my body (particularly my neck) that was only detected at my monthly massage appointments. As a result of taking the supplement for only a short time, I have been detoxifying because I have not craved chocolate and I am having larger bowel movements than I have had in years (I went there again!) And my bloating is nothing compared to what it was. If any of you are experiencing any of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, I strongly encourage you to look into supplementing with this miracle mineral.
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