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How would you know if you have magnesium deficiency?

Did you know that magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body and that it is an active part in more than 300 bodily chemical reactions? And did you know that half of this mineral’s content is found in bones and teeth? In addition, magnesium is used by the muscles to help regulate muscle contractions. Also, it is involved in the regulation of the glucose level in the blood.

On the other hand, we must take care not to have to face a magnesium deficiency situation which could lead to many physical problems including: sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, nervousness and stress, tingling in the limbs and muscle cramps (especially at night), digestive disorders, irregular heartbeat, etc.

Therefore, don’t wait until you see any of these symptoms arise. Rather, react and work on rebalancing your food plan since our body does not have hold any magnesium reserves and since this mineral should be provided on a daily basis.

Magnesium is found in interesting quantities in:
• Chocolate,
• Legumes (chickpeas, beans, lentils, etc.),
• Oil seeds (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.),
• Wheat,
• Brewer’s yeast,
• Whole grains,
• Dried fruit (raisins, prunes, dates, etc.),
• Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, etc.),
• Oats,
• Certain natural mineral waters rich in magnesium (Hepar, Badoit, Contrex, etc.).

You should also note that it’s important in some situations to increase magnesium intake as in the case of pregnant or breastfeeding women, elderly people, and sportsmen since these lose a certain amount of magnesium which is eliminated through sweat.

Caution: You cannot personally confirm or not the occurrence of a magnesium deficiency. If ever you experience any or several of the above-mentioned symptoms, it is imperative that you speak to your doctor who would rule out other causes or diseases which can also present such symptoms.

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