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Could You be Magnesium Deficient?

There is such an emphasis in the medical community to supplement calcium… but have we forgotten Magnesium. A critical mineral I have suspected myself to be deficient of.

I have been trying a new magnesium soak. That helps the body absorb the magnesium through the skin called Zen Magnesium Bath and find it soothing and has many benefits.

I often suggest a magnesium soak to clients to relax muscle spasms, decrease soreness post workout and also for issues like restless leg syndrome. But the benefits are much greater then this. Here is a very informative article from Natural News

Here is a list of issues that may arise from magnesium deficiency according to author Dr. Carolyn Dean.

1-     Anxiety and panic attacks
Magnesium normally helps keep adrenal stress hormones under control.
Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency.
3-Blood clots
Magnesium has an important role to play in preventing blood clots and keeping the blood thin-without any side effects.
4-Bowel disease
Magnesium deficiency slows down the bowel, causing constipation, which could lead to toxicity and malabsorption of nutrients as well as colitis.
Bladder spasms are worsened by magnesium deficiency.
Serotonin, which elevates mood, is dependent on magnesium. A magnesium-deficient brain is also more susceptible to allergens, foreign substances that in rare instances can cause symptoms similar to mental illness.
Magnesium is critical for removal of toxic substances and heavy metals such as aluminum and lead in the body.
Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, facilitating sugar metabolism. Without magnesium, insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood, causing various types of tissue damage.
Magnesium-deficient patients commonly experience fatigue because dozens of enzyme systems are underfunctioning. An early symptom of magnesium deficiency is fatigue.
10- Heart disease
Magnesium deficiency is common in people with heart disease. Magnesium is administered in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle, the heart requires magnesium. Magnesium is also used to treat angina, or chest pain.
With insufficient magnesium, blood vessels may go into spasm and cholesterol may rise, both of which lead to blood pressure problems.
Magnesium keeps insulin under control; without magnesium, episodes of low blood sugar result.
Sleep-regulating melatonin production is disturbed without sufficient magnesium.
14-Kidney disease
Magnesium deficiency contributes to atherosclerotic kidney failure. Magnesium deficiency creates abnormal lipid levels and worsening blood sugar control in kidney transplant patients.
Serotonin balance is magnesium-dependent. Deficiency of serotonin can result in migraine headaches and depression.
16-Musculoskeletal conditions
Fibrosis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches, cramps, and chronic neck and back pain may be caused by magnesium deficiency and can be relieved with magnesium supplements.
17-Nerve problems
Magnesium alleviates peripheral nerve disturbances throughout the body, such as headaches, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot, and toe cramps. It is also used in treating the central nervous systems of vertigo and confusion.
18-Obstetrical and gynecological problems
Magnesium helps prevent premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses), is important in the treatment of infertility, and alleviates premature contractions, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy. Intravenous magnesium is given in obstetrical wards for pregnancy-induced hypertension and to lessen the risk of cerebral palsy and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Magnesium should be required supplement for pregnant women.
Use of calcium with vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption without a balancing amount of magnesium causes further magnesium deficiency., which triggers a cascade of events leading to bone loss.
20-Raynaud’s syndrome
Magnesium helps relax the spastic blood vessels that cause pain and numbness of fingers.
21- Tooth decay
Magnesium deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorus and calcium in saliva, which damages teeth.

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