Magnesium plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic processes throughout the body, and food that's processed in a factory removes over 80% of magnesium. You can see that poses quite a dilemma for our bodies, because over 80% of Americans eat processed food, meaning over 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient, and don’t even know it.
Typically, if you are deficient, you may have:
...and this is only a fraction of the many possible side effects of a magnesium deficiency. Maybe you can identify with a few, if not all of these things.
Likely contributors to these symptoms are an unhealthy digestive system , overworked adrenal glands, excessive alcohol intake, age, diuretics, antibiotics and oral contraceptives – all of which deplete the magnesium in your body.
Again, these are only short representation of the many contributing factors.
But, did you know that if our bodies didn’t need abundant amounts of magnesium, it couldn’t function? I mean, our hearts wouldn’t beat—because it has to have magnesium to carry this out!
So, what action steps can you take to increase your magnesium?
One of the best ways to get your magnesium is through organically bound magnesium, which is found in organic green, leafy vegetables: swiss chard, spinach and kale to name a few. Organic foods usually contain more magnesium, particularly if the farmer replenishes his soil with magnesium-rich fertilizers. (Factory farms tend to use fertilizers rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to make plants grow and appear healthy.)
Other ways to get your magnesium in are pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, almond butter, dried unsweetened cacoa (woohoo!), sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and avocados. And fermented foods improve magnesium absorption.
If you must supplement, bear in mind that there are so many different kinds of magnesium on the market that it can be particularly daunting to navigate, and there is no such thing as a 100% magnesium supplement because magnesium must be bound to another substance. The substance used in any given supplement combination can affect the absorption and bioavailability of the magnesium, and may provide slightly different health benefits (that’s why getting nutrition through food is ALWAYS the best way).
And of course, smoothies or juicing your vegetables is always a great way to get your magnesium...at least that's how I roll.
Have you ever experienced symptoms of a magnesium deficiency? If so, leave a comment below -- I'd love to hear about what you did for it.
Blessings and best of health