Why is Magnesium important?
In graduate school, I decided to write my thesis report on Magnesium supplementation. I learned a ton, but it was a LONG review of the literature. Magnesium does so much in our body, yet is one of the most common deficiencies with the Standard American Diet. It is a crucial mineral involved in 300+ reactions in the body. Overall, it is involved in muscle contraction, blood pressure management, blood sugar management, sleep, bone health, vitamin D metabolism, and detoxification.
What causes Magnesium deficiency?
Many components of the American lifestyle can cause magnesium deficiency. It is important to be aware of habits that might be causing this deficiency, and the symptoms linked. Alcohol intake, stress, excessive sweating, coffee or soda intake, and diuretics can lead to deficiency. Some symptoms of deficiency include muscle cramping, cravings throughout the day, high blood pressure, and issues falling asleep.
What are Magnesium sources?
A simple way to remember magnesium sources: beans and greens. More comprehensively, they include quinoa, spinach, avocado, nuts and seeds, potatoes, and seeds. I would try to incorporate at least one of these at dinner to start, then see where you can sneak it in throughout the day. You can always contact me for recommendations regarding supplements.