But, the problem with this mineral is that most of us are deficient in it, without even being aware of that. It is estimated that 80% of the American population is not getting enough magnesium. Other studies suggest that as little as 25% of American adults are getting the RDA for this vitamin. The key reason for this prevalence of magnesium deficiency is the Standard American diet. The common diet today is mostly based on heavily processed foods at the expense of green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes, and other foods that are naturally rich in magnesium. For instance, statistically, the daily magnesium intake of US citizens covers only 66% of the needs for this essential mineral.
Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency:
· Persistent eye twitch (early sign)
· Mouth ulcers
· Blurred vision
· Frequent headaches/migraines
· Physical and mental fatigue
· Leg cramps
· Irregular heart beat
· State of confusion, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts
· High blood pressure
· Thick and sticky blood
Certain conditions can be also triggered by magnesium deficiency, such as asthma, kidney disease, osteoporosis, insomnia, cystitis, liver disease, migraines, blood clots, depression, hypoglycemia, bowel diseases, heart disease etc.
Signs of severe magnesium deficiency:
· Extreme thirst and hunger
· Frequent urination
· Wounds and bruises that heal very slowly
· Unusual fatigue and mental fog
· Tingling or numbness in the limbs
· Dry, itchy and scaly skin
· Frequent skin, gum bladder, and vaginal yeast infections
Have you noticed that the signs of severe magnesium deficiency are similar to symptoms of diabetes? This is because severe magnesium deficiency makes the body resistant to insulin.
In order to regulate blood sugar levels, our bodies eliminate the excess glucose with frequent urination. This is why we have a feeling of extreme thirst and hunger which are common symptoms of diabetes. Also, some medications and processed foods (such as blood pressure meds, antibiotics, antacids, junk foods, coffee, tea, and alcohol) reduce the magnesium levels in the body.
FOODS RICH IN MAGNESIUM: Asparagus, avocado, banana, basil, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, chives, spinach, tomatoes, legumes, oats, cacao, almonds, cashew nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and quinoa.
Magnesium-Rich Juice Recipe:
· ½ medium-sized beetroot
· 3-4 stalks of Swiss chard
· ½ lemon
· Glass of water
Mix the ingredients in a blender and enjoy your magnesium-rich juice.