Magnesium is a powerful mineral that is vital to our health. It is found in the earth and is concentrated in certain foods. Due to farming practices that are depleting the soil, many of these foods have a decreased amount of magnesium. What's more, our diet and behaviors can lead to a deficiency in the body.
How do you know if you have a magnesium deficiency? There are tests the doctor can order but they are not always accurate. A better method is to assess your symptoms and your lifestyle. The symptoms include:
If you have symptoms, your next step is to asses your lifestyle. The following things can contribute to a magnesium deficiency:
If you suspect that you have a deficiency, there are things you can do to rectify the problem. The first is to consume foods that contain magnesium on a daily basis. These include:
Another thing you can do is to take an epsom salt bath at least 3 times a week. Fill the tub with hot water and a cup of epsom salts and soak for 20 minutes. This is my favorite method because it fights stress as well. I light candles, put on soothing music, and do some deep breathing exercises in the tub.
Of course, you can also take a magnesium supplement and there are many affordable options on the market. I do want to caution you, though, that these can lead to digestive issues like diarrhea. If you opt for a supplement then start with a small dose It should match the amount of calcium you are taking per day and should be taken in the evening, away from your Vitamin D supplement.
FYI - magnesium, Vitamin D, and calcium all work together. You need magnesium to activate D, which can only carry calcium one it is activated. Calcium is needed for most bodily functions, especially those related to the heart, muscles, nerves, and bones. Thus you need all 3 to function.
Nutrition is a young science and we are learning more and more each day. A healthy diet is your best defense!
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