Magnesium is essential in our bodies for many reasons.
Most of us are deficient in this mineral and the health issues related to being deficient can be quite serious.
I suspect that I was one of those people deficient in magnesium until a few years ago when I started to add magnesium citrate to my evening routine before bed each night. I take the Magnesium Citrate product called CALM that I get from the local health food store. Just mix it with a glass of water.
Adult women should consume about 320 milligrams a day, men around 420 milligrams a day.
Some symptoms you may experience that could be pointing to a lack of magnesium in your diet are:
- numbness and tingling of extremities such as fingers and toes
- muscle cramping and spasms
- abnormal heart rhythm and possibly high blood pressure
- fatigue and weakness
These symptoms are related to many other conditions or deficiencies as well. It’s best just to add magnesium in supplement form or in food form to your daily routine and if you have any of these mild symptoms then maybe they will go away. Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, adding magnesium is good for you anyway.
Magnesium citrate is a stress reliever. Magnesium helps with the proper functioning of cells, nerves, muscles, bones and the heart. So you see it is helpful to many systems in the body. It even has a mild laxative effect so if you are struggling in that department magnesium will give your digestive system a boost too.
Magnesium at bedtime is good for those who may suffer from night cramping in the legs. Studies are showing great results for the treatment of this unpleasant symptom.
Magnesium rich foods include dark leafy greens such as:
- leafy greens such as raw spinach and swiss chard
- nuts such as Brazil nuts and almonds
- seeds particularly pumpkin
- beans and lentils
- whole grains like brown rice
- plain low fat good quality yogurts
- fish such as Mackerel
- dark chocolate
- dried fruits such as figs
That is quite a long list of good healthy foods that you can add daily to top your magnesium levels. I get a lot of these foods regularly but because of my Multiple Sclerosis I still like to supplement with the CALM magnesium citrate powder each day. Multiple Sclerosis is a central nervous system disease and I believe adding anything and everything to help the nerves and muscles function better is a good thing in my books.
I also believe, and studies confirm this, that the soil our foods are grown in is not as magnesium rich as it once was so these foods are not as rich in the vitamins and minerals they are said to contain. The processed food industry has also stripped good basic food of all of it’s nutrients in the process of making longer shelf life foods.
So if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned or do not get enough magnesium rich foods in your diet then why not give your amazing body a boost of this very important mineral. It can’t hurt.