As the fourth most abundant mineral in your body magnesium can be found in your bones, teeth and red blood cells. But why are health professionals noticing more and more people are magnesium deficient and what are the consequences of this?
Magnesium is required for over 300 vital biomechanical reactions within your body and is involved in body temperature regulation, energy production, control of blood glucose and blood pressure, and the transmission of nerve impulses. It is also a powerful antioxidant, muscle relaxant and aids with sleep. Factors that can lead low magnesium levels are excessive caffeine or soft drink intake, an unhealthy digestive system such as Leaky Gut, menopause and older age. Signs of magnesium deficiency include problems with your digestion, headaches, chronic pain, muscle cramps, fatigue, anxiety and depression. The important role of magnesium in the health of your Nerve and Musculoskeletal systems in particular is why Chiropractors often talk about making sure you are getting your adequate daily intake. When you’re out of balance and under constant stress (be that emotionally, physically, chemically or a mixture of all three) then your body chews through this important mineral even quicker.
It is true that magnesium can be found in many healthy foods such as nuts, seeds, leafy greens, beans and bananas. However due to the depletion of our soil, many of these foods just don’t have enough of the most absorbable form of magnesium to give us what our bodies need on a daily basis to keep up with the demands of modern life. Eating proper servings of fruits and vegetables each day sprinkled with nuts and seeds is a good place to start but perhaps you need further support your health journey with a good quality supplement. Ask us about the types of high quality magnesium that are free from additives which we recommend and stock at our practices to help you function at your best.