Your body’s magnesium level is very important for overall health, but we do not hear about this mineral on a regular basis. Magnesium is used in over 500 functions in the body and levels are crucial for brain, cardiac and muscle function. It is a vital mineral and without it we would not produce energy, our muscles would be in permanent state of contraction, manages cholesterol and promotes bone health. Sixty-eight percent of Americans do not consume the minimum daily requirement.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WARNING SIGNS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY:
-Ringing in the ears or hearing loss: Known as tinnitus, a constant, high-pitched ringing in your ears is a common symptom of magnesium deficiency. Normal levels of magnesium will help prevent the formation of free radicals that can lead to hearing loss.
-Muscle cramps or tremors: Your muscles function because of magnesium; without it, your body would be in a state of convulsion and your muscles would be unable to relax. Low magnesium can cause facial tics and twitching of the feet while trying to sleep.
-Depression: There is a long established link between low levels of magnesium and depression. The benefit is that magnesium has no side effects like chemical pharmaceutical drugs.
-Abnormal heart function: Low levels of magnesium can induce a condition known as cardiac arrhythmia.
-Kidney stones: Adequate magnesium prevents the formation of kidney stones by preventing the calcium from binding with oxalate.
FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN MAGNESIUM: Fruit and vegetables, Fish, Dairy and Dark Chocolate. “Sholly Sez!”