I had heard that magnesium was a supplement we should be taking on the regular, but wanted to do my own research about it before adding it to my roster of vitamins. Through some searching, I found an amazing blog post written on the Goodness Me! blog. I have taken some of the important points I found from the blog post and shared them here, but if you have the time, the full post from Goodness Me! is definitely worth a read!
I wanted to start by mentioning that magnesium helps orchestrate over 325 bodily functions!
Magnesium deficiency can cause any (or all) of these symptoms:
- Muscle pain and inflammation
- Muscle spasms or cramps
- Twitching eye lids
- Mild depression or anxiety
- Heart palpitations
- Restless legs
- Difficult relaxing
- Low moods
- High blood pressure
- irregular heartbeat
- light-sensitive eyes
- cravings for salt or sugar
- increased sensitivity to noise
- low blood pressure
What causes our deficiencies in magnesium?
Two things! The first is that our soils are no longer as rich in nutrients as they used to be due to high-yield crops and pesticides, etc. which in turn causes our produce to be less nutrient rich. The second reason we are deficient is actually because stress and consumption of sugar both deplete our magnesium levels.
How can we get more magnesium?
Naturally speaking, we can increase our magnesium levels by eliminating or reducing the amount of sugar we eat, reducing our stress levels, and then increasing the amount of produce (organic and high in magnesium) that we eat. The other option is to take magnesium supplements.
How much magnesium should I have in a day?
I found this handy chart on Healthline’s website that explains the amount of magnesium you need based on your age and your gender. Check it out! Basically, adults require between 310-420 mg per day.
I hope my summary has been helpful. There is PLENTY more to read about this topic, so I encourage you to check out both the articles I linked in this post.