According to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of The Magnesium Miracle, an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. What does this mean? That over half of Americans are walking around with one or more of these symptoms: muscle spasms or cramps, twitching eyes, nerve issues, headaches, fatigue, numbness and tingling sensations, or restlessness. Severe magnesium deficiency can also lead to seizures, irregular heart rhythms, and heart spasms.
Even if you have your blood tested for magnesium it is not accurate since the percentage of magnesium in blood is less than 5%. So blood serum tests are useless. It makes you wonder if this is actually just a cash grab for labs and doctors since they do not give accurate reading of weather a person is deficient or not.
The good thing is that magnesium deficiency is something that can be taken care of fairly easily. There are many foods that are high in magnesium such as spinach, Swiss chard, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, avocados, figs, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate, just to name a few. There are also many magnesium supplements that can be taken internally and sprays and gels that can be applied externally.
Try to avoid supplements containing magnesium oxide, magnesium sulfate or magnesium hydroxide since they may cause a laxative effect. You can purchase magnesium chloride sprays that have a better absorption rate and won’t cause stool softening properties or a laxative effects since they are applied topically. These sprays are also useful for targeting sore muscles or areas where there is muscle cramping.
Don’t be part of the 80% of people walking around deficient, get your magnesium levels up. Your body will thank you.