Throughout the world, low magnesium levels have become an epidemic. In the United States alone, more than 75% of the population is considered magnesium deficient and this number could be far higher.
These statistics are based on people falling well below the Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily allowance (RDA). For decades, experts have insisted that the USDA’s numbers are too low so almost 100% of the population is likely deficient!
Why is Magnesium Important?
Magnesium is often referred to as the “master mineral” because every organ in your body relies on magnesium to function properly and over 300 human enzymes depend on getting enough. Without magnesium and other essential vitamins, calcium has difficulty getting into your bones. The longer calcium stays in your blood stream, unabsorbed, the greater your risk of it calcifying into plaque that lines the arteries – which hastens heart disease.
Vitamins are nothing without minerals to aid them and rampant environmental pollution has stripped our soil of vital nutrients we require to live.
As a result, our intake of magnesium – the fourth most dominant mineral found in the human body – has steadily declined in the last 50 years. Current testing for deficiency is difficult because less than 1% of this essential substance is found in the blood. How do you know if you aren’t getting enough magnesium?
Common Signs and Symptoms of Low Magnesium Levels
- Chronic fatigue or weakness
- Dizziness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, or poor memory
- Feelings of anxiety, depression, or irritability
- Inability to sleep (insomnia) or to get quality sleep
- Muscle cramps, twitches, tremors, or restless leg syndrome
- Sensitivity to loud noises
- Difficulty swallowing
- Digestive distress such as nausea, constipation, reflux, or irritable bowel
- Low calcium or potassium levels
- Autism or attention deficit conditions
- High blood pressure, angina (chest pain), or heart palpitations
- Persistent respiratory issues or asthma
- Kidney stones
- Headaches, migraines, back pain, or fibromyalgia
- Thyroid malfunction
- Excessive menstrual symptoms and cramping
- Poor appetite or unusual cravings
- Cold in the hands or feet
- Increased sensitivity to food or allergens
- Poor dental health
The symptoms are so broad and seemingly unconnected that they can go undetected and untreated for years. That your body requires enough of this essential mineral is undeniable but until recently, the recommended dose has been one part magnesium to two parts calcium.
Even on the old system, you’re likely not getting enough but now researchers understand more about the significant role magnesium plays in your most vital systems – particularly to your brain, heart, muscles, and kidneys. Modern suggestion for intake is equal amounts of both magnesium and calcium to keep teeth and bones strong and healthy into old age.
The biggest job that magnesium performs is the regulation of other essential vitamins and minerals – making them bioavailable for your cells to use.
Without magnesium, your levels of vitamin D, calcium, copper, potassium, and many more will fluctuate wildly and not be absorbed properly.
Best Foods to Boost Low Magnesium Levels Naturally
- Pumpkin, sunflower, flax, and sesame seeds
- Blackstrap molasses
- Black, pinto, kidney, lima, and navy beans
- Cashews, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, and almonds
- Okra, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower
- Spinach, kale, lettuce, greens, bok choy, and Swiss chard
- Summer and winter squash
- Quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, and barley
- Strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and raspberries
- Unsweetened cocoa (cacao) and quality dark chocolate
- Seaweeds and spices such as cumin, dill, basil, and celery seed
Many magnesium supplements in pill form are not absorbed well.
If you don’t think you’re getting enough calcium in your diet, you might consider magnesium oil. The name is deceptive since it’s not actually an oil. Elemental magnesium is collected from seabeds more than one thousand feet beneath the ocean and combined with water. It is applied topically, sinking through the pores of your skin directly into your bloodstream.
There are some foods that actually deplete the magnesium in your body, dropping your stores of this essential mineral even lower. Here are a few eating habits you might want to reconsider.
Dietary Habits that Cause Low Magnesium Levels
- Excessive caffeine in coffee, tea, or sodas
- Too much sugar – especially refined
- Fast food or other pre-prepared processed food
- Eating foods produced from conventional farming
You need magnesium. Every cell in your body needs magnesium. When you make sure you’re getting enough of the “master mineral” you will feel it from head to toe.