• Caroline O'Hagan

MAGNESIUM - Not just a health fad!

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

More than 350 enzymes in our bodies that are crucial to maintaining good health, are effected by magnesium and its levels in the bones and fluids in and around our cells.

When you don’t have enough magnesium coming in through your diet, your natural stores can begin to deplete in order to keep things running as smoothly as possible, and this is when symptoms can start to creep in.

Some of the more important functions of magnesium include to maintain the right levels of sodium, potassium and calcium, keep up the constant production of energy molecules, and make sure our DNA and its synthesis continue to work at optimum levels.

There are many medical conditions that can increase the demand for magnesium, but also some diet and lifestyle choices can cause a decline in healthy magnesium levels in the body.

Consuming alcohol, caffeine and a diet high in fats and sugars contribute to magnesium depletion. If you have diarrhoea for extended periods of time, are pregnant, diabetic, have arthritis, kidney stones, liver or pancreatic conditions, or endure periods of emotional stress on a regular basis, you may be low in magnesium.

There are many other instances where magnesium may be low, and symptoms that indicate a deficiency can include anxiety and depression, cold hands and feet, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other cardiac disorders such as palpitations and angina. If you suffer from bone and joint issues such as arthritis, osteoporosis, calcium deposits, and joint stiffness, magnesium deficiency could be implicated.

However, it is rarely as simple as that as there may be other things causing deficiency or deficiency symptoms, and yet in some cases a course of magnesium may be just what you need! The difficulty with self-prescribing magnesium is that there are many different forms – 13 or more at present. Each one is different and choosing the appropriate type is best left to someone who is trained in the field…like me! Some are more laxative than others, and some are more easily absorbed than others, so ideally, having a practitioner help to identify the type that is right for you, is the best choice you can make.

With all of the above mentioned conditions, there are almost always other factors at play, and other causes and reasons for the symptoms that present themselves, so a full consultation is necessary if you want to get the best out of your health!

How else can magnesium be effectively used in treatment? Asthma, those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), chronic headaches, insulin resistance, insomnia, lower back pain, muscle cramps, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, PMS, restless legs syndrome, vertigo and many, many other conditions may be treated with magnesium in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle plan.

Where can you get magnesium in your diet? Dark green leafy vegetables is a very accessible source that can be easily added into the daily diet – they also provide fibre and B vitamins among other things, so should be included as part of a nutritious diet. Almonds, cashews, figs and seeds make great magnesium rich snacks, and eggs are a very nutritious source of magnesium. Legumes, beans and wholegrain cereals should be included daily where possible, to maximise magnesium intake from the diet!

I have a great range of magnesium supplements and many other nutritional supplements – as well as a whole bunch of great dietary advice, and can help you increase the magnesium in your life. You will be amazed at how much better you feel, with just that simple tweak!

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