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Minerals such as magnesium belong to the group of essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts for normal growth and development.
Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, helps your cells make energy and keeps your heart rhythm steady.
Are you Missing Magnesium?
Early signs of magnesium deficiency can include:
Stress, nervousness, anxiety and insomnia with lead to tiredness, lethargy and fatigue – not having enough energy to get through the day.
Other signs are; all form of muscle tension, cramping and spasms, including tension headaches and migraines, Premenstrual tension or syndrome (PMS) and finally, high blood pressure.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, or have one of these conditions, you may be magnesium deficient.
Most Diets are deficient in Magnesium, and because the Australian soil is deficient, anything grown in that soil may be deficient as well.
Farmers or people living on the land, "drinking rainwater" are usually deficient.
Magnesium is found in a wide range of foods, especially green vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes and chocolate.
Regarding chocolate, it needs to be the dark variety the one with the highest cocao content.
However, the bad news is that it can be difficult to get an adequate supply of magnesium from your diet.
In fact, a recent scientific study found that the daily intake of magnesium was below the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for 76% of men and 86% of women tested!
Compounding this is the fact that modern lifestyles actually increase your daily magnesium requirements significantly. For example, stress can deplete magnesium levels, as can a high consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol.
Exercise can also increase your magnesium requirements.
If you are stressed, you actually need more magnesium than usual to keep your muscles relaxed and keep your nervous system going. The irony is that during times of stress, you excrete more magnesium, leaving your stores of magnesium depleted.
This depletion of magnesium can leave you feeling anxious, uptight and can even affect your sleep.
This results in a vicious cycle, whereby stress lowers your magnesium levels and low magnesium levels increase your stress!
Break the Stress Cycle!
To break the vicious stress cycle, you may need to take some magnesium supplements.
There are many different forms of magnesium, and having the correct form of magnesium is extremely important when it comes to supplementation.
Some forms of magnesium can cause gastric upsets and diarrhoea for many individuals.
Magnesium diglycinate is a form of magnesium that does not cause digestive upsets.
This form of magnesium is highly absorbable and can help alleviate stress, anxiety and insomnia.
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useNature's Editor: Dieter L.
Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.