9 Signs You Could Be Magnesium Deficient

9 Signs You Could Be Magnesium Deficient

Posted by Lori Shemek; March 3, 2017

Magnesium deficiency is widespread and many do not realize they may have one. Magnesium is the single most important nutrient for health – it is a key critical nutrient for over 300 different chemical processes in the human body. Magnesium helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, keeps our blood pumping effectively and ensures healthy and strong bones among numerous other roles.

Modern times have evolved from an age where there was rarely a magnesium deficiency to now – a day and time where deficiency is rampant. 90% of our population is reported to be lacking in this precious mineral and they are suffering symptoms that can be traced back to this ubiquitous deficiency. You may not be getting enough of it even if you eat a healthy diet…

Why is Magnesium Deficiency So Pervasive?

Our soil has become extremely depleted of nutrients and the plants that grow in the soil have very little uptake. The meat we eat contains a negligible amount as the animals that feed on the plants have a decreased intake of magnesium as well. 

Increased consumption of processed, refined foods

Low intake of green leafy vegetables such as spinach

Alcohol use doubles the excretion rate of magnesium

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes increases the rate of excretion

Gastrointestinal conditions such as Chrohn’s Disease or Irritable Bowel

Diet and supplementation are key to optimizing a magnesium deficiency. If supplementing, it is important to choose the right variety. The best bio-available form of magnesium is magnesium citrate or magnesium chelate.

9 Signs You May Have a Magnesium Deficiency

  1. Stress and Anxiety
  2. Inflammation
  3. Muscle Cramps and Twitching
  4. Calcification of Arteries
  5. Palpitations
  6. High Blood Pressure
  7. Insulin Resistance
  8. Insomnia
  9. Weight Gain

Foods Highest in Magnesium

Swiss Chard
Pumpkin Seeds
Dark Chocolate
Black Beans
Mung Beans
Brussel Sprouts

Consider supplementation or a diet high in magnesium-rich foods.  Without this crucial mineral, your body simply cannot function optimally.

Magnesium Rich Recipe


2 romaine hearts, chopped
1 can (15oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/4 cup broccoli florets, steamed
1 avocado, sliced
1/3 cup pico de gallo
cilantro sprigs
1 jalapeno or serrano chili, sliced and most seeds removed

3 heaping tablespoons tahini
1/3 cup water
juice of 1 lime
1/8 teaspoon cumin
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro

In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients, except for the cilantro. Use a tad more water as needed to thin. If dressing is too thin, add more tahini. Once blended to your liking, taste for flavor, stir in cilantro and set aside.

Steam your broccoli just until al dente and bright green using a bamboo steamer, double broiler or preferred method.

Add romaine to your serving dishes, top with black beans, broccoli, avocado, pico de gallo, a few sprigs cilantro and slices of chili peppers. Top with dressing and enjoy!




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