In part one of this series we covered how common severe vitamin D deficiencies are today and how to correct them. In this post, we will discuss another common nutritional deficiency, which is not a vitamin, but an important mineral – Magnesium. Read on to find out the signs that you may have a magnesium deficiency, why it is so important for the health of your body and mind, and how to correct a magnesium deficiency naturally.
Signs of a Magnesium Deficiency
Like vitamin D, magnesium plays such a huge role in many aspects of your health, a deficiency can create a very wide variety of symptoms. However, signs that are easiest to spot include muscle cramps (even just occasionally), restless legs when you sleep, any heart problems, anxiety, and depression. If you don’t experience any of these problems, then it is still important to make sure you get enough magnesium in your diet due to the huge role it plays in your body…
The Role of Magnesium in Your Body
Magnesium is responsible for helping virtually all of the cells of your body produce the energy they need to communicate with each other.
Why does a deficiency cause muscle cramps? The mineral helps muscle cells send the signals to relax and contract to each other. Without enough, your muscle cells stop communicating and just begin acting erratically!
Why does a magnesium deficiency cause anxiety and depression? No organ needs to have the lines of communication among its cells open more than your brain. Your brain neurotransmitters are constantly firing signals at each other, and when magnesium is low, they slow down communication and begin firing more slowly and/or incorrectly.
Magnesium is also extremely important for a healthy heart. If the magnesium stores in your body were to decline too much, your heart would simply stop working, and of course, that would lead to death.
So, if you have any health problems and a feeling you don’t get enough magnesium in your diet, then realize that correcting this deficiency could be the key to having a body that finally thrives.
How to Correct a Magnesium Deficiency Naturally
The good news is that unlike a vitamin D deficiency that is difficult to treat with only foods (especially raw vegan foods), magnesium is plentiful in many healthy foods. A great source of magnesium is oats. Add some to your diet by making raw oatmeal, drinking oat milk, or throwing a handful in your smoothies.
Fruits and vegetables filled with magnesium include spinach, and swiss chard. Avocados and bananas also have a bit of magnesium. Nuts are also super-high in this essential mineral, especially almonds and cashews.
Want an even tastier magnesium source? Raw chocolate is packed with it, so you never have to feel guilty about indulging in those healthy raw cacao nibs and any other delicious raw chocolate dessert you enjoy!