Probably one of the most overlooked minerals, magnesium, is really just as important as potassium, calcium, iron, and the other guys, and responsible for about 300 chemical reactions in our body. That’s a lot of responsibility if you ask us. And when we consume the right amount, magnesium has a profound impact on our blood pressure, nervous system, and immune function. So, how can we make sure we’re getting enough? What are the most noticeable symptoms of magnesium deficiency?
Muscle spasms and cramps
Low levels of magnesium can be to blame for the stiffening of muscle tissue, resulting in sudden muscle spasms. Let’s put it this way: calcium and magnesium are known as a team that works best when they’re together. And when they’re balanced, muscles relax, contract, and create their activity. Without balance (too much calcium and not enough magnesium), muscles contract and cramp up.
A deficiency in magnesium contributes to several health problems, including anxiety. But, how? Several studies have suggested that during periods of extreme stress from everyday life, magnesium is used up by the body. And when magnesium is replenished to the proper amount, the body feels better because every component of the 300 reactions it regulates are running correctly.
High blood pressure
Studies have found that participants with the highest magnesium intake have the healthiest blood pressure. That’s because magnesium is used in the production of a powerful vasodilator (a type of medication that causes blood vessels to relax and widen) called prostaglandin E1. And with enough magnesium, blood pressure is lowered as a result.
If you’ve been lacking motivation or feeling run down and tired, we may know why. Without a sufficient amount of magnesium in the body, you’re missing out on the key that creates energy by activating ATP (adenosine triphosphate). That’s right—magnesium has the power to stimulate a complex molecule that stores and uses energy to keep everything going as it should.
Magnesium is the secret for sleep issues and the ultimate relaxation mineral. Moreover, magnesium the main function of GABA receptors (or receptors that respond to the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid) that help the brain and nervous system relax when they’re supposed to. How do you know you’re running low? When “you’re having difficulty in going to sleep, find that you wake easily, or wake before the alarm,” says the Huffington Post.
‘Solutions’ is our middle name
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, don’t worry, because the solutions are there! For instance, you can take magnesium supplements or implement Wellness Mama’s homemade magnesium oil recipe.
All that’s needed is 1/2-cup of Magnesium Chloride Flakes, 1/2-cup of distilled water, a glass bowl or measuring cup, and a spray bottle. By spraying directly onto your body, the oil is absorbed quickly, which immediately relieves any muscle aches. What’s more is that your body will only absorb as much as it needs, so you can avoid the digestive upset that many experience when they take a magnesium supplement orally.
Now, if you prefer the food route, then spinach, Swiss chard, squash, pumpkin seeds, black beans, figs, bananas, and dark chocolate are packed with enough magnesium to keep them at bay.
Please tell us in the comment section below—have you been through a magnesium deficiency and how did you come out on top? We at HealingRadius are all about living a healthy (and magnesium-filled) life.
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.