Magnesium Deficiency Treatment in Wittman, MD
While vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, vitamin C, probiotics, multivitamins and fish oil often dominate much of the conversation relating to the body's most needed nutrients, magnesium, a key mineral involved in over 300 biochemical processes in the body, is often overlooked.
The health benefits of magnesium are extensive. Some of these include:
- Energy production
- Bowel regularity
- Sleep and mood regulation
- Muscle contraction and relaxation
- Calcium regulation and osteoporosis prevention
- Healthy blood pressure maintenance
- Migraine prevention
- Cardiovascular health support
Despite its intricate ties to our bodies' healthy function, more than 50% of U.S. adults are considered deficient in magnesium. Primarily to blame, modern farming practices have depleted the soil of natural magnesium, and our food supply is stripped of their once-potent vitamin and mineral content. Combine that with increasing amounts of stress that tax our body of magnesium through the hormone production process, a prolonged magnesium deficiency can lead to many troubling health conditions and wreak havoc on the body.
To schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider in Wittman that can identify a magnesium deficiency and recommend effective treatment, call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
Unfortunately, many magnesium deficiency symptoms are overlooked because they are so common and are often attributed to other medical conditions or treated on an individual basis. Some of the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency include:
- High blood pressure
- Muscle cramps and pain
- Facial tics
- Sleep disturbances
- Hormone imbalance
- Poor bone health
If you suspect you have a magnesium deficiency, it is important to consult with a healthcare practitioner. He or she may recommend a magnesium deficiency test to measure your body's levels. Because magnesium is found in our bones, muscles and brain tissue, measuring an accurate level of magnesium can prove difficult and some tests—be they blood, urine or saliva—may not show the extent of a deficiency. For this reason, your healthcare provider may recommend forgoing blood testing and instead opt for an extensive exam which reviews your symptoms to make necessary recommendations.
Foods High in Magnesium
Although many foods are robbed of their nutritional value through over-processing and refinement, there are still several foods high in magnesium that you can incorporate into your diet. These foods include:
- Dark green leafy vegetables, especially spinach
- Nuts, seeds and legumes
- Whole grains
- Dark chocolate
It is also important not to deplete magnesium levels further by making poor dietary choices. Limiting coffee, sugar, alcohol and salt consumption can put a halt to further drainage of magnesium from your body.
Often, diet alone cannot compensate for a magnesium deficiency, which makes supplementation of this key mineral critical. By supplementing magnesium, you can more quickly combat a deficiency and eliminate many of the uncomfortable symptoms you have been experiencing. However, not all magnesium supplements are created equal. It is important to consult with your healthcare provider who can recommend the best magnesium supplement for your health needs. For example, magnesium supplements are available in several forms, and not all forms have the same absorption rate in the body. Magnesium citrate, chelate and glycinate are all thought to be superior forms versus the magnesium sulfate and oxide forms.
It is also important to achieve a healthy balance of magnesium and calcium because they work together to strengthen bone health. Your healthcare provider will make sure dosing is adequate to ensure you reap all the benefits of magnesium supplements and may recommend a multi-mineral formula to support your wellness further.
Don't let a magnesium deficiency sacrifice your health. Schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Wittman that can address and correct your magnesium deficiency, call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
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