Magnesium is an essential mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys.[i] It is critical to the structure and many functions of the body including energy production. Some have estimated that as many as 80% of the American population is magnesium deficient.[ii]
Being deficient in magnesium can trigger as many as 22 medical conditions including Anxiety, depression, and diabetes. Early signs that you may be deficient include headaches, nausea, fatigue, and a general feeling of weakness. Additional symptoms include insomnia, kidney disease, bowel disease, panic attacks, migraines, and nerve sensitivities.
You can assist your body with magnesium absorption by eating plenty of magnesium rich foods like beans, nuts, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, and green leafy vegetables like spinach and swish chard. You may also consider supplementation. It is not unusual to see Calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D3 combined into one supplement since they are considered more affective when taken together.
Because magnesium is well absorbed through the skin, I make my own magnesium lotion using magnesium oil made from magnesium flakes. I simply rub a small amount daily into an area of thinner skin, like the buttocks. An Epsom salt bath or a swim in the ocean can also be helpful. I also choose to take a supplement of magnesium threonate which is showing promise in its capacity to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane. There are several types of supplements. Chelated magnesium glycinate is thought to provide a high level of absorption versus a non-chelated magnesium oxide.
Whatever you do, do something. Either make a conscious awareness to eat a diet rich in magnesium and/or take a magnesium supplement, and/or purchase or make magnesium lotion. Recipes can be found easily using any search engine. You will know if you are getting too much magnesium when your stools become loose.
You can read more about the benefits of magnesium via Dr. Dean’s book titled “The Magnesium Miracle,” copyright 2014.
[ii] Mercola, J. “Magnesium: An Invisible Deficiency That Could Be Harming Your Health“ Retrieved July 14, 2016 from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/01/19/magnesium-deficiency.aspx