Have you ever had difficulty sleeping, even though you felt exhausted? Or felt anxious, but not sure why? Just finished eating a large meal but still had cravings for sugar or salt? These could be signs of a magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth and responsible for enzymatic reactions in the human body, however many of our diets are deficient in it. Magnesium is found in various foods and in supplement form. Less than a third of adults get as much of this important mineral as they need from their diet alone.
Magnesium Supports Adrenal Health
The adrenal gland is critical to the body’s natural “fight or flight” mechanism. This can be triggered in times of emotional stress. As stress becomes a constant in our lives, adrenal glands may be overworked. This contributes to feelings of chronic fatigue. To cope with stress, nerve cell responses must be regulated effectively. When communications between the brain and nerves are disrupted, stress can feel overwhelming. Magnesium helps to prevent overstimulation of the nerves, allowing them to adapt to – and ramp down from – stress.
Magnesium Prevents Stress-Related Muscle Cramps
To operate at peak efficiency, each cell in the body maintains a very precise internal ratio of calcium to magnesium. In simple terms, magnesium is used to relax the body, where calcium is used to contract or excite the body. In times of high stress, the amount of calcium spikes profoundly. With additional magnesium, balance is restored – helping stop painful muscle cramps.
Magnesium is Central to Heart Health
The magnesium/calcium balance is crucial in other ways. Calcium strengthens and hardens bone, but too much of it can cause soft tissue to calcify – particularly in the heart. Healthy amounts of magnesium facilitate calcium processing and help the heart’s arteries relax when appropriate.
Magnesium Reduces Stress Hormones
In times of stress, the body releases a variety of hormones, such as cortisol, that prepare the body for action. Chronic stress can cause these hormones to be secreted at inappropriate times and may raise their concentration in a resting body. Magnesium helps to block hyper-secretion.
Magnesium is an Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s defense mechanisms. Too much of it, however, can contribute to disease and accelerate cellular aging. Magnesium is well-understood as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that works quickly.
How to Know if You are Magnesium Deficient (and What to Do About It)
The best way to get a full picture of what’s happening with your cortisol, calcium, and magnesium levels is through a blood panel. I always recommend that you start by getting a comprehensive blood test from a Functional Medicine doctor before beginning any kind of supplementation program. Functional Medicine practitioners tend to test for a much greater number of biomarkers (many of which are connected) and consider the patient’s symptoms as well as their results. In addition, we follow an “optimal” range to recommend where your levels should be considering your age, family history, medical history and symptoms. Regular doctors tend to rely on outdated “normal” ranges which, in my opinion, are generally too low. From this test we can determine how much magnesium is needed in your daily intake. The best way to restore magnesium quickly is through nutrient therapy. Some people find oral supplements don’t agree with their digestion, and there’s research that suggests they may not always be well absorbed. If the patient has other issues like leaky gut, this is even more likely. Intravenously absorbing nutrients by IV therapy allows for patients to absorb 100% of the nutrients because we bypass the gut., To learn more about this convenient and effective treatment or to schedule a custom blood panel, contact our medical team at the biostation today.