Recently I have been getting a lot of cramps and spasms in my legs, arms, and abs not to mention the muscle twitches in my shoulders. I decided to do what 90% of people do these days and use Doctor Google. It turns out that one of the symptoms for magnesium deficiency is muscle spasms which lead me onto digestive problems and memory/focusing issues which I was also having.
Magnesium deficiency can be easily missed or overlooked. It looks like a lot of other conditions since magnesium is involved in so many things. If you’re deficient, the effects range from mild to serious.
See below for the most common signs of low magnesium:
Aches and pains
Irregular sleep patterns and insomnia
Muscle twitches and spasms
Lack of appetite
I am sure the majority of these symptoms are common to yourself as they were to me. I am on my 3rd month of taking magnesium twice a day. Once before bed and one upon waking up. My sleep has been deeper and better, and no more muscle spasms. I have also been supplementing Magnesium with Vitamin D and Ginkgo Bilbao which has helped with my memory and mood.
Magnesium deficiency is caused by things like stress, medicines, alcohol consumption, certain medical conditions and consumption of fluoride which is found is most tap water around the world.
If Magnesium deficiency is evident it can have an adverse effect on your mood, concentration, and sleep. Wavering moods, mental clarity, attention problems, and anxiety seem like distinct conditions, but they all have a common thread: they signal that the mitochondria, the structures that power your cells, in your brain are struggling.
The available energy in your brain determines how clearly you think, how intensely you can focus, how calm or anxious you feel, how happy you feel, and how you respond to stress. Having adequate amounts of magnesium will help regulate all of these issues.
Foods that contain magnesium along with tryptophan offer a dual-angle approach to enhancing mood and mental clarity. Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, the brain chemical that makes you feel happy, focused, and calm. Foods that contain both magnesium and tryptophan include:
Now for the good stuff… Magnesium also helps your body produce sex hormones that balance estrogen, including progesterone and testosterone. On top of that, good magnesium levels improve sleep, and most sex hormones are manufactured when you’re snoozing.
Every muscle in your body depends on magnesium to keep this system working properly. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you might need more magnesium for your nerves and muscles to play nicely together.
Natural spring water used to be a reliable source of minerals, too, but it’s way more likely you’re drinking filtered water from a bottle or your fridge. If you drink public water or water from your tap, it more than likely it contains fluoride, which depletes magnesium even further.
The good news is, magnesium supplements are super cheap and safe. Take a top quality oral Magnesium supplement two times a day – with either breakfast or lunch and dinner. The best kinds of Magnesium supplements that I recommend:
Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate
Liquid colloidal Magnesium
In general, women need about 320 mg of magnesium per day, and men need about 420 mg per day.
So, if you are suffering from any of the symptoms at the beginning of the article then try supplementing with Magnesium and adding more foods rich in magnesium to your diet.
|Here’s what you can expect when increasing your magnesium intake: