The Top Symptoms Of A Magnesium Deficiency And What Your Body Is Trying To Tell You!
I will give you a few ways your body will tell you, yes tell you that you are deficient in magnesium without taking a blood test!
If you do not know already how important magnesium is let me explain something. Magnesium is the catalyst for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and some studies suggest even more than that. Think of the enzymes as the worker bees and the magnesium is their precious honey. Without magnesium, your body starts to really have a hard time doing the functions you need to thrive.
So why are blood tests not the best way to know if you’re deficient? Well at any given time the blood or serum levels only reflect a marginal portion of your actual magnesium levels. So when your serum levels are low then the body starts to pull the magnesium for its stores in the bones, tissues, and cells that’s bad. And that is bad so your body will then start showing some of the signs and symptoms below to let you know to get more magnesium.
Here is a huge tip on how to calculate cell magnesium to see if your body is topped off in the mag department, get a spectra cell test! This test can be run by a functional medicine doctor most of the time.
Magnesium and low energy
If you haven’t heard of mitochondria or its role in the cells energy production you will want to check out this blog post on ubiquinol. If you’re always tired your body is trying to tell you that it needs more magnesium. Magnesium plays a key role in perhaps one of the most important enzymatic reactions, the creation of energy by activating ATP; the storage molecule of the body, and the fuel that drives each and every cell.
Magnesium and nerve function
Magnesium plays a crucial effect in calming the nerves. When a person’s magnesium level is subnormal, the nerves are unable to control such functions as muscle movement, respiration, and mental processes. This is a top symptom of magnesium deficiency for sure. Twitching, irregular heartbeat, irritability, and nervous fatigue are symptoms of what is frequently found to be magnesium depletion and all of these functions are controlled by the nervous system.
There are studies showing individuals with higher magnesium concentrations have better parasympathetic nervous system function and are less likely to have peripheral nerve issues.
Magnesium and Muscles twitching
If your muscles are moving without your brain telling them to then you are magnesium deficient. This is because there is an overflow of calcium into the nerves of the muscles overstimulating them and contracting them. Keep in mind other causes could make your muscles cramp or twitch but more often than not it is magnesium. Proper magnesium levels are something that your muscles need to release those tight muscles and that is why magnesium is such an important element to the body.
Magnesium and insomnia
If you are tossing and turning during sleep then your body is telling you that it needs magnesium. Magnesium is so important for the parasympathetic nervous system which is our relaxing and calming system. If we are stuck in the sympathetic nervous system then our body is ready to go and amped up. Second, this mineral binds to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. GABA is the neurotransmitter responsible for quieting down nerve activity. So if you need to get some rest, try adding magnesium and some melatonin as a one-two combination to stimulate your sleep cycle.
Magnesium and constipation
Constipation can be a nightmare. Adding magnesium actually helps loosen up the tight contracted muscles in the colon so you can pass a stool easier. If you have ever been to a pharmacy the go-to supplement is magnesium citrate
What are some top supplements for magnesium deficiency?
If you feel you have symptoms there are some supplements that may help.
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