Magnesium deficiency can lead to a host of health concerns which are easily remedied with the help of diet and nutritional supplements.
As a matter of fact, magnesium is one of the most important components of treating my migraine patients and helping them fight against additional illnesses.
Unfortunately, more than half of all Americans are deficient in this essential nutrient.
Magnesium is one of the greatest relaxation minerals on the market, with the ability not only to help you with your migraines, but to help you with your stress levels, sleep quality, and even restless leg syndrome.
Magnesium is used all the time in functional medicine, but not a common prescription in conventional medicine settings. It is used often in emergency medicine, however. I have seen it on the crash carts. If someone was in a life-threatening situation with an irregular heartbeat, for example, then IV magnesium would be administered. It is given to those who suffer from frequent bouts of constipation, as well as to pregnant women who go into pre-term labor or have high blood pressure.
Basically, Magnesium is a Miracle Mineral.
Of course, I mean that loosely, But it is essential for many bodily functions that keep us in good health. Thankfully, magnesium is easy to obtain and extremely affordable.
Magnesium works essentially as a relaxer. If you are feeling crampy, irritable, stiff, headachy, or depressed for no apparent reason, you are probably magnesium deficient. This mineral is actually responsible for more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body. It is found all over the place, but mostly in the muscles, bones, and brain. It is necessary for the cells to produce energy, to supply the “pumps” in the glands, keep the muscles relaxed, and stabilize membranes.
The list of symptoms and problems that come from a deficiency is extensive. There are actually over 3500 medical references to magnesium deficiency. Some of these symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Crampy muscles
- Headaches or migraines
- Restless legs
- Chronic fatigue
- Kidney stones
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Clearly, this is a big problem.
People need more magnesium if they suffer from a chronic condition like migraines.
Why are we so deficient? Simple. Because we eat a diet full of processed foods with essentially no magnesium and are loaded with prescription medications that could be depleting us.
So, how do we increase our magnesium levels?
We know we aren’t getting enough in our current diet, so it would good to include a few high magnesium items to your grocery list going forward. Here are some ideas:
- Sea vegetables
- Nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts)
- Leafy green vegetables
- Wheat bran
- Brown rice
- Collard greens
All of these foods could help control your magnesium levels, which in turn will alleviate many of your migraine symptoms.
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