You hear time and time again that magnesium is such a critical mineral, and yet the big question is if we should all be concerned if we're deficient. The fact of the matter is that most people are, and if not deficient, are running a little low on it because of the state of the world we're living in today. That being said, some people want to know a little more on why or how they're potentially magnesium deficient, so we thought we'd give you a little insight on as to why we believe everyone should be on magnesium nowadays.
For a little background, magnesium is responsible for close to over 600 enzymatic reactions in the body. From helping us with our nervous system, blood sugar, hormone levels, energy production, and even digestion, it's considered to be one of the most important nutrients to have and prioritize due to the several functions it has.
That being said, because it is responsible and supportive to so many things, it leaves us more susceptible to potentially being affected if we don't have optimal levels, and using it up quicker than other nutrients.
Things that deplete magnesium are
- Chronic stress
- Excess calcium
- Halogens like fluoride
- Alcohol and other diuretics
- Refined foods high in sugar
If you're living in today's 21st century, you most likely are affected by one of those factors, if not two. That being said, everyone's magnesium "burn rate" is different. If you haven't checked out our blog all on that, go read it here. But essentially, what this means is that we tend to use up magnesium at varying levels all dependent on how stressed our body is. The worst type of stress is long lasting low grade stress, hence the chronic issues we are struggling with today are most likely the root cause to its lowering levels.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
- Low energy
- Hormonal imbalances
- Muscle cramps
- Poor recovery from exercise
- Poor vision
- Migraines or headaches
- High blood pressure
- and more!
That being said, we have compiled 5 main reasons why people are deficient and why you should consider supporting yourself through supplementation to help avoid any health issues arise in the future.
1. Many people are reaching for packaged products devoid of nutrients. Rather than eating a whole foods diet, such as a basic omnivorous diet from farm to table products, majority of the population is going for more convenient things. Is it their fault? It would be a 50/50 situation because we're not only over working people where they lack time to take care of themselves, but there is also this lack of education on the power of a sustainable diet. With a prevalence of packaged food, it only makes sense someone would be deficient in nutrients.
2. Our farming practices are not up to par and farmers aren't rotating the soil nor re mineralizing it after usage. This is problematic- even if you do focus on a whole foods diet and don't eat packaged food. Magnesium mainly comes from the soil and if plants or animals feeding off of that soil aren't getting adequate magnesium, we directly won't either. In the culture of mass production, famers don't have time to rotate soil nor re mineralize it unfortunately.
3. Refined sugar depletes magnesium. This isn't to say carbohydrates are bad. No, we need them and they're our bodies preferred source of energy. That being said, for every molecule of sugar we ingest, our body needs fifty molecules of magnesium to process it, hence with the rise of refined sugars in foods, it could be leading us to an epidemic of magnesium deficiency.
4. Certain pharmaceutical drugs like birth control, Estrogen hormone replacement therapy, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone and blood pressure medication can all deplete magnesium levels in the body.
5. Lastly, as mentioned earlier, chronic stress increases our need for magnesium, and from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed we're constantly bombarded with stressors. Things like EMFs, our job, relationships, pollution, heavy metals and other toxins can all affect our magnesium burn rate.
If you're ready to start supplementing magnesium after reading this article on why it is so necessary, definitely don't miss out on checking it here on our website and ordering a bottle for yourself!
Hope this was helpful!
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Practitioner
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
Integrative Health Coach