Most people are deficient in magnesium. It’s an essential nutrient involved in many bodily processes. Here are 8 signs you need to up your magnesium intake immediately:
Our bodies have a compound called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It’s responsible for providing energy on a cellular level. The catch?It binds to magnesium. If you’re deficient, your body won’t have enough energy to function properly, so you’ll be fatigued.
We have muscles in our colon. Movement will be slower if those muscles are cramped. Magnesium helps relax these muscles and draw water into the intestines.
Magnesium helps your body relax. It activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Your body will struggle to enter a calm enough state to sleep if you’re deficient.
4) Weak muscles
If you notice your muscles aren’t activating as well, you likely have hypokalemia. This is actually a potassium deficiency. But there’s more to it. Magnesium helps with potassium absorption. Less magnesium means more potassium gets excreted from the body.
5) Muscle cramps
Magnesium binds to the membrane of a cell. It allows other minerals to enter the cell. So what happens when you’re deficient?Your muscles can’t get the minerals they need. This causes your muscles to start cramping and locking up.
6) High blood pressure
Magnesium increases prostacyclin levels. This molecule inhibits platelet activation which keeps your blood at the proper viscosity. If you’re magnesium deficient, your blood pressure will rise due to your blood being thicker.
7) Weak joints and bones
Magnesium aids calcitonin production. This is the hormone that lets calcium move into your joints and bones. Not getting enough magnesium leads to brittle bones, poor posture, and aching joints.
8) Not dealing with stress
Stress is natural. It’s just a part of life. But a sudden change in your ability to cope with stress may indicate a magnesium deficiency. Studies have shown a relationship between magnesium deficiency and excess cortisol levels.
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