Magnesium is a common nutrient deficiency. One important function of magnesium is to help us cope with stress and to help muscles relax, but all of our cells body needs magnesium. When we’re stressed, we may use higher than average levels of magnesium and need more.
When deficient in magnesium, calcium can become trapped in cells, allowing them to become slightly calcified and stiff. Cells, tissues, and organs may experience small changes from a magnesium deficiency that may affect metabolism throughout the body.
Do you ever feel wired, tense, jumpy, or ticklish? Do you ever have muscle twitches, spasms, achy muscles, cramps or restless legs? Do you have a sluggish colon, and are constipated? How efficiently is your heart pumping, how's your pressure? Magnesium deficiency may be a common link to all of these symptoms. Since this is a nutritional problem, it’s relatively easy to correct.
At Holistic Nutrition Center we start with getting magnesium in the diet as the first line of defense, so use dark leafy greens, avocados, nuts and seeds and even a little dark chocolate. We can also boost levels temporarily with baths, rub-on gel, tablets, powders, and liquids. Our goal is to use supplements until the symptoms are gone and then reduce the dose from a therapeutic level to a maintenance dose. You need the right amount, not too little, not too much, so this can be a little tricky. Minerals require balance so please don’t overdo supplements. A nutritionist can offer guidance on how to achieve the right amount.