Standard American Diet and magnesium deficiency

GreensForMagnesiumThe Standard American Diet of GMO fast and processed foods is notoriously deficient in essential nutrients—minerals and vitamins.

Approximately 68 to 80 percent of people in modern societies are lacking in magnesium, an essential macro (as opposed to micro)-mineral that performs a huge number of regulating roles in the body.

It is responsible for the enzyme reactions that create DNA and for transporting essential ions across cell membranes.

All major organs of the body require magnesium to function properly. Without it, bodies spiral out of control.

Magnesium deficiency contributes to osteoporosis, diabetes, cardiovascular problems and many other chronic diseases and dysfunctions. Therefore, it is important to recognize major warning signs that you may be magnesium-deficient.

* Muscle cramps and twitching: Magnesium helps the muscles to relax and therefore is used in sleeping supplements and to help women in labor.

* Abnormal heart contractions: Magnesium helps maintain regular muscle activity in the heart. If it is lacking, there may be cardiac arrhythmia,which increases the risk of heart attack and strokes.

* Depression and low mood: Doctors 100 years ago prescribed magnesium for depression. Though this mineral deficiency is mostly ignored today, an article in a 2013 issue of Pharmacological Reports conceded that magnesium supplements were effective at managing depression.

* Ringing ears: Tinnintus, or a ringing or booming sensation in the inner ears/head  may be caused by infection, but also may be the result of unregulated production of glutamate, an important neurotransmitter that magnesium helps regulate.

* Kidney stones: Most doctors believe that kidney stones are caused by an excess of calcium. However, ongoing research shows that magnesium deficiency plays an equal or greater role in kidney stone formation. An article in The Journal of Urology shows that magnesium hydroxide decreases the formation of renal calcium stones.

Those are just a few of the earliest and most obvious signs of magnesium deficiency. Keep in mind that magnesium is responsible for hundreds of bodily functions and signs of deficiency may not be obvious for years.

The best way to avoid magnesium deficiency is to make sure your diet includes plenty of magnesium-rich foods such as dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish such as mackerel and tuna, avocadoes, dried fruits such as figs, dates, raisins, prunes and apricots, beans and lentils and whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, bulgur, buckwheat and millet.

Magnesium supplements may be in order if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above.

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