Due to the important role that magnesium plays in the body, there are multiple signs that could point toward a magnesium deficiency. These signs include poor sleep, chronic pain, muscle cramps, anxiety and facial ticks among many others. Although these things point to a magnesium deficiency, prevention is better than cure, and it pays to have sufficient magnesium before these symptoms present themselves.
How to tell if you are getting enough magnesium
According to international population studies of magnesium intake, most people fall short of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of this mineral. This means that there is a good chance that you too are magnesium deficient.
It is possible to have a magnesium test done by your doctor; however, this is usually done through blood serum testing and as such can be unreliable. This method of testing for a deficiency is misleading as only 1% of magnesium in your body is found in your blood. Moreover, only 0,3 % is found in blood serum. For this reason, clinical blood serum testing may not detect a magnesium deficiency.
At this point you may be wondering what a more reliable way to detect a possible magnesium deficiency could be. Fortunately, it is possible to gauge a deficiency in this mineral by simply looking at your lifestyle, and keeping a lookout for signs of magnesium deficiency. The following will give you an idea of whether you are at risk of having a deficiency, should you answer yes to any of the questions.
Do you have any of these symptoms? If so you may have magnesium deficiency
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Sporadic hyperactivity
This mineral is necessary for nerve conduction, as well being associated with electrolyte imbalances that play a role in the nervous system. As such, the above symptoms could be pointing to neurological signs of a deficiency.
- Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Eye twitches or involuntary eye movement
- Muscle cramps or spasms
- Facial ticks
The above are all characteristic of magnesium deficiency. This mineral is essential for muscle relaxation, without it our muscles are in a constant state of contraction.
- Do you have a high-stress lifestyle, or have you recently undergone a major medical procedure?
Physical, as well as emotional stress, can often result in magnesium deficiency. Stress can often be caused by a deficiency in this mineral, and the stress reaction can be magnified by a lack of magnesium- making it a vicious cycle. Stressful conditions result in more magnesium use by the body, which means that physical as well as psychological conditions may lead to a deficiency in this mineral.
- Do you take heart medication, asthma medication, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy or a diuretic?
The effects of some of these drugs have been shown to reduce levels of magnesium in the body, through increasing magnesium loss through excretion by the kidneys.