Did you know that magnesium levels in the body are depleted by stress as well as regular intake of refined sugar and caffeine. It’s no wonder that some health experts estimate that magnesium deficiency is a silent epidemic potentially affecting up to 90% of the population.
Magnesium is crucial for wellbeing. It’s involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and is vital for healthy muscle and nerve function, maintaining normal blood pressure and heart rhythm as well as optimal metabolism and immune function.
What are the sign of deficiency?
Magnesium deficiency can impact on the following areas:
Cramps and spasms, tics and twitches are clear signs that your body needs more magnesium.
Anxiety and depression are both linked to inadequate magnesium. Whilst more research is needed magnesium seems to have a protective effect on mood.
Magnesium helps both the body and mind to relax which contributes to restful sleep. Additionally magnesium is required for the ‘off switch’ or GABA receptors in the brain to be triggered.
Magnesium is crucial in the production of cellular energy, meaning inadequate levels can show up as fatigue and low energy levels.
High Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure you definitely should be looking at your magnesium intake.
How to replenish your magnesium level
You can boost your magnesium levels through dietary rich sources including: spinach, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, almonds, black beans, avocados, bananas, figs and dark chocolate.
Topical applications, like epsom salt baths and magnesium oils and sprays (which you can find at your health food store) are an easy way for your body to absorb and replenish magnesium.
You can also take magnesium tablets and solutions however I would always recommend consulting with our naturopath Shanna Choudhary so you get the right kind of magnesium and the right dose for your needs.
Wes Smith is Live Well's Director and has 20 years experience as a practitioner and wellness educator. He has a special interest in working with chronic immune issues, stress, anxiety and depression.
Wes is passionate about inspiring and educating people to create and sustain their vitality and wellbeing so they can live life to the full.
Wes also enjoys teaching meditation and is the creator of meditatewithwes.com an online resource for learning how to meditate. es has a B.App.Sc.(Acup), Diploma of Herbal Medicine, a Yoga Teaching Diploma and is an APHRA registered acupuncturist. Learn more about acupuncture, herbal medicine and meditation.