Recently, I’ve been working with traditional and naturopathy doctors to address a health issue. Through this experience, I learned that magnesium is so important for our health especially for those who are in high stress jobs or stressful periods in their lives. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some of the things of I’ve learned in recent weeks in hopes it may help you.
My symptoms are caused by other of factors but a main culprit is my low magnesium levels. It blew me away to learn that low magnesium impacts about 75% of Americans. I’ve compiled a few key points for you to kick-start your own research – by all means talk to your doctor as I am NOT a health professional.
A few signs of low magnesium
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Constant headaches
How do you deplete your magnesium?
- Stress – it literally eats up your magnesium stores like a fat kid loves cake. Your body uses more magnesium when it is stressed. So your job stress can literally be starving the life out of you.
- A diet of high saturated fats makes it hard for your body to absorb magnesium
- High sugar diet isn’t helpful either (soda, eating more than 26 grams of sugar a day – which isn’t hard to get to – a can of soda has 40 grams of sugar)
- Medications such as antibiotics, birth control pills drain magnesium
- Hormonal imbalances also eats up magnesium
- Heavy alcohol drinking
I learned from my naturopathy doctor that traditional doctors often overlook magnesium levels. Apparently, they only test for magnesium serum which is not adequate because there are very low levels of magnesium running around in our blood stream so it is more important to review the symptoms. If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above supplementing with magnesium could be helpful.
How can you improve your magnesium levels?
Eat your magnesium. A few good food sources:
- Leafy greens
- Beans – black beans, black-eye peas, chickpeas
- Almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds
In addition to foods, consider supplementing with magnesium. Here’s the brand I am using – taken twice a day, once in the morning and before bedtime. Side note, it helps you relax and sleep more peacefully.
Taking a full body or foot bath with epsom salt can also help you absorb magnesium. Tried and true brand here.
Look into magnesium oil to lather on at night. I haven’t tried this yet but my naturopathy doctor swears by it.
It will take patience and time to get your magnesium levels up. Don’t expect a quick fix but you will see a difference in a few months. Again speak to your health professional and if you aren’t getting results seeing a traditional doctor, look for an integrative doctor near you. If you are in the DC area, check out this practice.
Sharing as I go.