There’s seems to be plenty of talk about Vitamin D deficiency today, but are you aware that one of the most common nutritional deficiencies is magnesium?

The truth is, according to estimates, 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this mineral, which can result in significant health consequences.
Although there are blood tests that can be done by your doctor, only one percent of magnesium in your body is found in your blood, making these tests inaccurate. Your physician may perform other tests to estimate your levels according to your symptoms.

Here are Some of the Signs and Symptoms that You May be Deficient in Magnesium.

cd62cba1b1dd0bbb15c6142a6c873117• Insomnia

According to a study done at the Human Nutrition Research study, those individuals on a high magnesium, low aluminum diet, were found to be associated with a deeper, and less interrupted sleep. Chronic insomnia, and frequent awakenings during the night, on the other hand, is one of the main signs of a magnesium deficiency. It’s important to note , however, that for your overall health, both magnesium and calcium should be taken in a balanced ratio.

• Muscle Soreness

Magnesium helps to maintain normal function of the muscles and nerves. When a muscle needs to contract, magnesium allows calcium into the cell allowing it to contract, and then magnesium helps it to relax. Since magnesium’s role is to push calcium out of the cell when it’s job is done, when there is an insufficient amount of magnesium in the cell, the calcium won’t leave and stays there. If this happens, the cells continue to
hhcontract and won’t relax, leading to muscle tension, spasms, cramps, and restlessness.

• Irritability

Without a sufficient amount of magnesium in the body, the nervous system can be affected since it relies on magnesium for nerve conduction. Low magnesium levels are associated with an electrolyte imbalance affecting the nervous system which can lead to irritability, anxiety, and other conditions.

• Sensitivity to Noise

If you suffer from noise sensitivity, it could be because you are low on magnesium in yourbody.The truth is, magnesium plays an important role in hearing health. Although, it’s not clear why, adequate levels of magnesium may reduce your sensitivity to noise, and even help reduce symptoms of tinnitus. The idea is that magnesium seems to act as a glutamate inhibitor, and the cause of tinnitus is thought to be caused from an overabundance of the neurotransmitter, glutamate.

Factors that May Contribute to Low Magnesium Levels.

• Drink Caffeinated Drinks Daily

Consuming caffeinated drinks daily, such as coffee, and tea, can deplete your magnesium levels. Caffeine can cause the kidneys to get rid of excess magnesium, since magnesium levels are controlled largely by the kidneys.

• Stress

Magnesium deficiencies can be caused by stress, according to some studies. As stated in this research, stress and anxiety by products, such as cortisol, and adrenaline, were also associated with lower magnesium levels.

• Carbonated Beverages

The consumption of carbonated beverages has risen at an alarming pace since 1940. Phosphates contained in many of the dark-colored carbonated beverages  can bind magnesium inside the digestive tract, making it unavailable to your body, depleting your magnesium levels.

Top Foods that are Rich in Magnesium.

1. Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds)
2. Beans (Black beans, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, Kidney Beans)
3. Seafood ( Halibut, Mackerel)
4. Dark Green vegetables (Spinach, Kale)
5.Whole Grain Cereals ( Bran, Wheat Germ , Oats)

If you think you are deficient in magnesium it’s best to consult your healthcare professional for further tests, and include more magnesium rich foods as part of a healthy diet.

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