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Magnesium Deficiency Can Make You Feel Very Ill

If you are suffering from, poor concentration and memory, low energy and adrenal exhaustion, insomnia, depression, muscular and/or menstrual cramps or headaches and migraines, then you may be low on Magnesium.

Magnesium is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies today. We can find Magnesium in leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. One of the most common reasons for this increased lack in Magnesium is because of the way our food is being farmed and processed. Also, our high stress lives either mental and/or physical adds to the problem, as our body uses more Magnesium during these stressful times.

Our body needs magnesium to work properly. We generally find it stored in our organs, bones and a small amount in our blood stream. It is harder to detect a deficiency because of where it is stored and you may not even realize that you are lacking in the vitamin until you start to have the physical signs. The early signs to look out for can include things such as loss of appetite, headache, nausea, fatigue, and weakness.

A lack of magnesium over a long period of time can cause serious health problems such as irregular heartbeat, seizures, coronary spasms and even personality changes. We need to rectify the deficiency as soon as possible for these reasons.

Magnesium deficiency can be prevented by eating magnesium rich foods such as pumpkin seeds, cooked spinach, almonds, brown rice, and dark chocolate. However sometimes this may not be enough as the magnesium may not be absorbed properly it might be necessary to take a magnesium supplement which will absorb better into the bloodstream. You can also increase your levels very quickly with a bath in Epsom salts. The pores in your skin are your most absorbent organ and bathing in magnesium sulphate lifts your levels quite quickly.

However magnesium is one mineral we can overdose on so we do need to be careful. An overdose can cause confusion, diarrhoea, nausea, slowed heart rate, vomiting, and very low blood pressure. So if you believe you might be deficient you need to have a chat with your natural health professional to avoid taking too much.

So the next time you are feeling a little off, have headaches, cramps and low energy it may be a good idea to eat some more magnesium rich foods and see if it lifts your spirits. If it does then visit your naturopath and make sure you are taking the right dose.

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