This valuable and often forgotten mineral is an essential component for a properly functioning body and mind. A deficiency of magnesium can be the source of a number of issues such as depression, anxiety, lethargy, nervousness, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, cardiovascular complications, fatigue, tremors, TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) symptoms, head aches, neck pain, eye pain, inner ear discomfort, cloudy mindedness, confusion, along with many more illusive symptoms. A blood test of an individual with low magnesium levels may also reveal imbalances of other electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and calcium, each of which is accompanied by their own categorical symptoms. Individuals who are experiencing the misery caused, either directly or indirectly, by imbalanced levels of magnesium may be a few diet changes away from relief.
Today, magnesium is virtually ignored in the average person's diet. What's more is that a lot of what people do regularly consume can actually hasten a deficiency of magnesium. Caffeine, alcohol, fat, sugar, salt, synthetic vitamin D, phosphates, protein, and supplemented calcium are not only void of magnesium, but also increase the body's need for magnesium - counter-productive to say the least. It has also been found that events of stress, exercise, pregnancy and menstruation can cause the body to burn through its magnesium reservoirs more quickly and begin resulting in seemingly unexplained symptoms.
Unfortunately, pinning down a magnesium deficiency can sometimes prove difficult, as many health care providers will use various other approaches for the commonly reported symptoms before suggesting the tests necessary for detecting vitamin and mineral imbalances. Whether it be unawareness, or simply that healthy patients are bad for business, always do yourself the favor and research all possible causes of symptoms you are experiencing, then go over all of the possibilities with a trusted health care provider until you find a game plan that you are both confident in to save yourself time, money and despair.
Making sure you are getting enough magnesium is relatively simple. Supplements in the form of a pill are a decent source, but what's more effective, especially in trying to reverse symptoms, is a magnesium seltzer water. It is flavorless and virtually unnoticeable in even plain water. You can also make a topical magnesium oil which you can apply where ever you'd like and is also good for sore and aching muscles. Lastly, you can be sure to consume magnesium abundant foods such as pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy greens, black beans, okra, almonds, sesame seeds, squash and raw avocado.
A sufficient supply of magnesium in the body can yield amazing benefits such as liveliness, energy, concentration, clarity of mind and a positive attitude among many more noticeable effects that can improve one's quality of life. If you feel like you may be experiencing an imbalance in magnesium, or any other vitamins or minerals, schedule an appointment now to speak about it with your physician and take a look at your diet for easy corrections that you can make today.
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