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Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body following calcium, phosphorus and potassium and it is essential to good health. 50-60% of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones and teeth, 30-49% in the muscles and cells and only 1% is found in the blood; the body works hard to keep that 1% constant.

The role magnesium plays in the body is maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, support s a healthy immune system and strong bones. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and supports energy & protein metabolism, it helps regulate calcium, copper, potassium, vitamin D and zinc levels. Magnesium is also believed to play a role in preventing and managing such disorders as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Some common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, poor appetite, numbness/tingling, poor nail growth, muscle spasm, cramping and weakness, insomnia and other sleep disorders, restless legs, irritability/agitation/anxiety, confusion, nausea/vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, and low blood pressure.

If you feel you have one or many of the listed symptoms you can begin to correct it through foods you eat and safe, simple supplements. Some of the foods that are rich in magnesium include leafy greens and other green vegetables, 100% bran from wheat & oats, brown rice, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, molasses, banana, a variety of beans like black beans, kidney, pinto, lentils, blackeye peas, soy beans-potatoes, dark chocolate and fish.

To support your magnesium uptake you can supplement with magnesium citrate capsules or other magnesium combination supplements. If you’re not sure where to find good quality supplements you can shop here:

http://initiatewellness.healthylivingshop.com/ and please don’t hesitate to email me if you would like help in deciding which supplement(s) are right for you.

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