Do you suffer from stiff or sore muscles? Have trouble relaxing enough to fall asleep at night? Suffer from chronic headaches? (in this day and age, who doesn’t have one or all of these complaints?). Having a magnesium deficiency can cause all sorts of problems. About 50% of the population is deficient in magnesium, and teenagers are even more likely thanks to their higher consumption of junk food.
Reasons for a magnesium deficiency include stress, excess alcohol, sugar and caffeine consumption, and the Standard American Diet (SAD). Sound familiar?
But let’s back up so I can explain what magnesium is and what it does. Magnesium is a crucial mineral that our bodies use to produce energy, metabolize carbohydrates and protein, and acts as a natural calcium channel blocker. Having ideal levels of magnesium helps balance our blood sugar levels, balances calcium, facilitates bringing nutrients into the cells and wastes out, and functions as a natural relaxant for our minds and muscles.
If we don’t consume enough magnesium or we don’t supplement and our levels are low, a host of problems can occur, such as blood sugar imbalances, constipation, fatigue, muscle cramps, PMS, heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure, irritability and migraine, to name a few.
I personally love the Calm brand of effervescent magnesium that I buy on Amazon. It tastes great and works rapidly to help me relax at night.
Real food sources of magnesium include leafy greens, sea vegetables, algae, whole grains, nuts and seeds (especially pumpkin sees), avocados and blackstrap molasses.
One more note: if you take magnesium it is recommended that you also supplement with calcium in a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio for best results.
***As always, make sure you speak with a doctor or practitioner before taking supplements. I am not authorized to give medical advice and this blog post is not intended to treat or diagnose any diseases.