The Crucial Nutrient You Don’t Get Enough Of

“In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments – there are consequences.” ~ Robert Ingersoll

Modern farming, with all its benefits, also has downsides.

One of the downsides is that the soil modern farmers grow food in is depleted of minerals. And one of the most crucial minerals lost is magnesium. When magnesium isn’t in the soil, it also isn’t in the foods you eat.

Magnesium is part of over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. Without it, symptoms can show up. Here is a short list of possible low magnesium:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps, tension or spasms
  • Anxiety, nervousness, irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory, confusion

Obviously, just having one or more of these symptoms doesn’t mean you can automatically assume low magnesium. But it is worth exploring.

In addition to not getting enough in food, modern life uses up magnesium in large amounts. One of the biggest causes of high magnesium loss is stress and anxiety. You can also lose magnesium by exercising too hard.

If you eat sugar or drink caffeine or alcohol, you also use more magnesium. In addition, some medications (birth control, diuretics, insulin and antibiotics) can lower magnesium levels.

Magnesium is important to keep calcium levels balanced. It also helps prevent constipation.

If you want to check your magnesium levels, it’s easy. If any of the following improve your symptoms, you likely have a deficiency. Here is how to check:

1. Eat fresh organic fruits and vegetables.

When grown organically, magnesium is present in the soil. Especially good are dark green vegetables and winter squash and yams. Nuts and seeds are also good.

2. Take a supplement.

For many people, magnesium citrate is a good form. But be cautious. Too much will cause loose stools.

In fact, you can use this quality to find the exact right dose. Start small (200 to 400 mg per day) and see how you do. If your stool doesn’t loosen after a couple of days, gradually add a bit more every other day.

When you reach the point that your stool is loose, cut back to the previous dose. That should be close to the amount your body needs.

Once you are getting enough magnesium, whatever symptoms were related to low levels should improve. Those that don’t improve will need further detective work to figure out.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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