Magnesium

Many everyday disease states or illnesses are associated with magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium is a required for the electrical stability of every cell in the body.  Everyday things like consuming caffeine, alcohol, a diet of refined carbohydrates or taking blood pressure or acid reducing medications can all lead to (amongst other things) magnesium deficiency.  Symptoms of an existing magnesium deficiency may include:

  • Muscle cramps and chronic pain
  • Facial tics or muscle spasms
  • Headdaches
  • Anxiety, hyperactivity, depression and sleep problems
  • Weakness
  • Calcium deficiency and bone loss
  • Increased blood viscosity resulting in increased blood pressure and risk of stroke
  • Vasoconstriction and increased blood pressure
  • Hypercholesterolaemia

By treating symptoms only and not finding the cause, many more problems can be encountered.  For example, if I was deficient in magnesium and my blood pressure was elevated, a diuretic would most probably be prescribed as first line treatment. Diuretics can cause magnesium depletion and so the problem is compounded.  Increased blood viscosity could see warfarin being added into the treatment plan.  Warfarin reduces vitamin K which leads to bone loss, so more complications.  And so on and so on.

You can watch a very interesting video dealing with these types of scenarios here

Magnesium-rich food sources were once commonly consumed, but have diminished drastically due to industrialized agriculture, excessive food processing,  farming in minerally-depleted soils as well as a change in dietary trends. Read about it here

Many commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines are called “drug muggers” by Suzy Cohen, America’s most trusted pharmacist, as they deplete your body of essential nutrients like magnesium.  Replenishing the nutrients helps the body to function properly.  Suzy Cohen has written a book on “drug muggers” that you may find useful to purchase and read.

More information on magnesium deficiency, including signs and symptoms, is available  here

There are different ways of supplementing with Magnesium.  Epsom salt baths, transdermal magnesium oil sprays or oral magnesium tablets can be used.  Baths may not be ideal for “older” folk from a safety point of view, oral tablets can cause gastric upset and transdermal sprays may not be freely available.  To help you make the right choice for yourself if you feel you could benefit from supplementation, here is some more information .

As usual, any information given here is purely for reference and self education. 

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