According to the National Institute of Health, Hypomagnesemia, also known as Magnesium deficiency happens when magnesium levels drop below 1.7 mg/dl, (milligrams, per decaliter of fluid). The causes of magnesium deficiency vary, and include alcoholism, laxative abuse, pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease and cystic fibrosis.
Magnesium is involved in 300 functions within our bodies. And is one of the most essential minerals, for optimum health. Magnesium is the second largest mineral presence within our bodies. (Potassium is number one).
Magnesium strengthens our immune systems, builds strong bones and teeth, relaxes muscles and regulate blood pressure. Eating foods high in magnesium, will raise low blood pressure readings, and lower those that are too high.
In addition to not obtaining adequate magnesium in through diet, other factors may contribute to magnesium deficiency. They include; excessive sweating, (which often happens to athletes), heavy menstrual cycles, prolonged periods of stress, and getting too much salt, alcohol, coffee or soft drinks.
Low magnesium levels may also result in a decrease of calcium and potassium within the body. Symptoms of Magnesium deficiency may include, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, constipation, high blood pressure, pre-menstrual syndrome, muscle weakness and depression.
Magnesium is involved in 300 functions within our bodies. And is one of the most essential minerals for our optimum health.Magnesium is necessary for the absorption of calcium, along with boron, Vitamin D and potassium. Therefore a lack of magnesium may contribute to osteoporosis.
According to Medline plus, Americans are not immune to Magnesium deficiency, and it is most common in women, African Americans an the elderly. The RDA for magnesium , (Recommended Daily Allowance) is as follows.
Men need 400 to 420 mg of dietary magnesium per day, while women need 310 to 320 mg daily. Magnesium obtained from dietary supplements however, should not exceed 350 mg/day. Magnesium rich foods include vegetables, fish, (salmon and tun are recommended), beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds are especially high in magnesium. Nuts such as almonds and cashews are not very high in this mineral. By eating a well rounded diet, with plenty of whole grains, fish and seeds, magnesium deficiency should not be an issue.
If you are in a long term stressful situation, are an athlete, or in any activity that will exert energy and sweat, consider drinks that will replace your electrolytes. Gatorade, Power Aid or EmergenC vitamin packets will help. Also please pay attention to your body.
If your diet is filled with magnesium rich foods, you are not extremely stressed, nor overly exerting yourself, or sweating your minerals away, and you experience any of the symptoms which indicate your magnesium levels are low, please consult your physician.