A Quick Look at Magnesium Deficiency

First, there are two types of nutrient deficiencies: frank deficiencies such as scurvy and goitre from ascorbic acid and iodine deficiencies and sub-clinical deficiencies which are clinically silent deficiencies that cause disruption in healthy cell production and cause the body to react poorly without showing up on a blood test. 

In the case of Magnesium, the kidneys do their very best to retain healthy levels and so they will pull magnesium from the bones, muscles and tissues to support appropriate levels and maintain renal (kidney) health when bodily intakes are low. The kidneys will then pass for a healthy renal test yet leave the bones and muscles stripped of necessary Magnesium leaving you subject to things like arthritis, osteopaenia, osteoporosis and more susceptible to bone fractures and serious muscle issues. Symptoms will include fatigues of the muscles, soreness, loss of appetite, insomnia and even shortness of breath since the lungs are muscles too. 

We are deficient in nutrients as a whole since the soil has been stripped of its nutrients and also our water supply has little to no Magnesium left in it. A rise of conventional agriculture, also known as, industrial agriculture coupled with our diets becoming mostly made up of processed foods which contain almost zero nutrients and absolutely no Magnesium are the culprits to this mass deficiency that is widely being deemed an epidemic. Yes, you read that right, an epidemic.

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Around 30% of the population in developed countries are reported to have some varitation of hypomagnesimia or magnesium deficiency. Women especially are susceptible to these bone deficiencies as it is needed much more readily for ovary and heart health in the female genetic make-up.

Here are some ways you can up your magnesium levels: 

  • Our Favorite featured supplement, CALM plus CALCIUM -- remember the trifecta to strong healhty bones is calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. This particular option gives you two out of three and, just like the name, leaves you feeling calm, cool and connected. 
  • Almonds, Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Peanuts, Sesame 
  • Spinach, Avocados, Bananas, Chard, artichoke, fig 
  • Edamame, kidney beans, brown rice, black turtle beans, 
  • oats, whole grains, legumes, buckwheat, quinoa 
  • dark chocolate 
  • tuna 

This is a brief overview but I hope a helpful guide on how to suspect and work to prevent this nutrient deficiency from causing you pain or dis-ease of your body. 


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Sherry Fair 

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