Magnesium is much more than a simple electrolyte
– it is involved in more than 300 biological functions and is essential for heart health.
Any prescribed doses of magnesium are likely to be woefully inadequate because of a fear of possible side effects.
The symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
Weakness (SHERMER’S NECK?)
Increased intracellular calcium
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Growth retardation or “failure to thrive”
Note that cramping is associated with magnesium deficiency
but not hypermagnesemia (too much magnesium).
Only 1% of magnesium in the body is actually found in blood, and only .3% is found in blood serum, so clinical blood serum testing is not useful.
- Drinking carbonated beverages on a regular basis
- Regularly eating pastries, cakes, desserts, candies or other sweet foods
- Experiencing a lot of stress in your life
- Major medical procedure such as surgery
- Drinking coffee, tea, or other caffeinated drinks daily
- Medications such as a diuretic, heart medication, asthma medication, birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy
- Drinking more than seven alcoholic beverages per week
- Taking calcium supplements without magnesium or calcium supplements with magnesium in less than a 1:1 ratio
Possible neurological signs of magnesium deficiency:
- Times of hyperactivity
- Difficulty getting to sleep
- Difficulty staying asleep