There are many minerals that our bodies need to function and magnesium is one of them. Our western lifestyles, eating processed food and over-farming land has reduced the levels of magnesium we are able to consume. This, in turn, has led to magnesium deficiency for many people. As magnesium is stored mostly in the bones, muscles and soft tissues, an early indication of low magnesium can be leg cramps and or muscle twitches or spasms.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
- Aches and Pains including Muscle Cramps
- Muscle Twitches and Spasms
- Memory Problems & Brain Fog
- Mood problems – Anxiety – Depression
- Fatigue – Irregular Sleep Patterns and Insomnia
- Digestive Problems – Lack of appetite – Constipation
- Heart Irregularities
Magnesium deficiency can resemble lots of other conditions which means a diagnosis can sometimes be mistaken for other illnesses. Eating a healthy balanced diet and selecting magnesium-rich foods can help, as well as taking magnesium supplements.
Foods Rich in Magnesium
- Dark Chocolate
- Green Leafy Vegetables – Spinach, Kale
- Nut – Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts
- Whole Grains
Taking a magnesium supplement is a good way to ensure dietary levels of magnesium are adequate, or to helps with an existing deficiency.