Straining your eyes? You can listen to this automated AI version of the article here:Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s muscle tension, lack of sleep, or the fact that you constantly feel tired, chances are that you’re not getting enough magnesium. Our naturopaths have put together their list of signs you’re lacking in magnesium.
1. You struggle to get your shuteyeTaking magnesium right before retiring to bed may support a sound night’s sleep, as an inability to sleep can be a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium has also been found to improve quality of sleep because deficiency may reduce the length or quantity of Slow-Wave Sleep, for which magnesium is required.
2. You often experience muscle tensionMuscle spasms and ticks (especially the eyelids and hands), weakness, and muscle tension are some of the most common symptoms experienced as a result of Magnesium deficiency. Have you ever experienced spasms in your legs or foot after a heavy session at the gym? In saying that, you don’t have to be a total gym bunny to experience tension from lacking magnesium. Heightened stress depletes the body of magnesium. When you’re under stress, the excretion of magnesium from the diet is equal to what is going in, so there is a high demand for magnesium.
3. You’re prone to getting severe tension in the head and scalpHead and scalp tension may occur as a result of low levels of magnesium in the brain. Many sufferers are found to have low brain magnesium levels during attacks. Supplementing with dosages of up to 600 mg per day may be beneficial to support healthy levels in the brain.
4. You’re lethargic and irritable during the day.Feeling ‘always tired’ is not only frustrating, it can also be a sign of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium supports energy production by binding to adenosine triphosphate to make the ATP molecule biologically active. In plain English – keeping your magnesium levels in check will keep you going. Irritability and nervousness may occur as a result of magnesium deficiency and supplementing with magnesium will often alleviate nervousness and reduce worry-mind.
5. You experience twitching eyelids.Magnesium deficiency may be the underlying cause of muscular tics. One of the first signs of deficiency is twitching of the eyelid. Supplementing with magnesium may alleviate these by supporting the electric conduct of nerve impulses at the junctions between the nerves and muscles.
6. You’re affected by bone weaknessWe all know magnesium is important for muscular health, but it is also interesting to note the importance of magnesium for bone health. Bone integrity may suffer as a result of magnesium deficiency and women afflicted with weak bones have been shown to have significantly lower levels of magnesium than healthy women. It’s hugely important to bone health as up to 64% of the body’s magnesium is concentrated in the bones.
7. You suffer from lung issuesDid you know that problems with your lungs may occur because of magnesium deficiency? Magnesium may support the smooth muscle around the bronchial tubes.
8. You’re particularly irritable at that time of the monthDid you know that menstruation may deplete your magnesium levels? Upping your intake of magnesium may support your body when you are irritable, tired, swollen, have a low mood, and/or tummy discomfort. 9. You’ve suffered from morning sickness Women who experience morning sickness are often found to have abnormally low magnesium levels, indicating that deficient levels may be a contributing factor.
10. Or a “male” disorder?Magnesium deficiency could actually be an underlying cause of urinary issues.
The remedy?Our naturopaths suggest magnesium in dosages of between 200 – 1,000 mg per day. It’s important to remember that when using magnesium supplements, you may not notice an improvement until after 4-10 days. Magnesium Ultra with superior absorption is better utilised in the body because it contains more easily absorbable forms of magnesium plus added vitamins.
How does magnesium deficiency affect my sleep quality?Magnesium deficiency can negatively impact sleep quality by reducing Slow-Wave Sleep, which is essential for restorative rest. Taking magnesium before bedtime may help support better sleep by facilitating sleep-inducing processes.
What are the common signs of magnesium deficiency?Common signs of magnesium deficiency include muscle tension, twitching eyelids, fatigue, irritability, headaches, and bone weakness. Other indicators encompass menstrual discomfort, lung issues, and urinary problems.