Many years ago, when I was on my quest to solve my migraines, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and depression, I came across magnesium. It was recommended that I try it and so I did.
But I didn’t really know why I was taking it or how valuable magnesium is to the body. I just knew it was helping.
As I finally healed my body and ended up going and getting certified so I could help others, I learned the true power of magnesium. And I think everyone should know about it!
Magnesium is a very important mineral that is involved in over 600 processes in the body. Some experts say it is THE most important mineral needed for the body.
It is also one of the most easily lost minerals. Essentially, every time we are under stress, our body excretes magnesium.
When I say “stress” I’m not just referring to mental-emotional stress but also things like not getting enough sleep, having digestive issues, taking medications, coming into contact with chemicals in our cleaning and beauty products, etc.
In our modern world, stress is a constant thing.
Now, while we are losing magnesium due to stress, it is also challenging to get enough magnesium to support that loss. Due to the way our food is farmed and processed these days, our food is just really depleted of it.
Thus, most women who come to me are quite deficient in magnesium. Deficiency is really common.
Some statistics indicate that 80% are either deficient or at least not getting enough magnesium into their diets.
So, you might be wondering how to know if you have a deficiency? Well, here are some of the common signs:
- bone issues, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis
- low blood pressure
- muscle weakness
- muscle twitches and cramps
- blood sugar issues
- high blood pressure
Additionally, magnesium really chills us out and can be really helpful in reducing PMS symptoms like bloating, weight gain, and migraines.
Because it’s so difficult to get enough magnesium in through the diet, supplementing with it is something that I will likely always do so that I don’t have to go back down the path of dealing with those health issues again.
The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is between 310mg and 420mg for adults. Some experts, especially those in my health coaching community believe we need WAY more than that.
Thus, I actually make sure I am getting 5x my body weight (pounds) in mg daily, in divided doses. Usually, I take some with breakfast and then the rest before bed, since it has such a calming effect.
There are several ways to get magnesium in…it can be ingested or absorbed through the skin via lotions, sprays, and Epsom salt baths. Plus there are some foods that are higher in magnesium.
If you decide that you want to try supplementing, keep in mind that not all supplements are created equal. First, there are 8 types of magnesium, and most are not easily absorbed by the body. Additionally, some types can cause loose stools or diarrhea.
Glycinate or malate are the two best kinds to stick with.
Additionally, some brands are basically junk. They put all sorts of fillers in them that can cause digestive distress or prevent the body from absorbing it.
Below are my recommended brands for each supplemental type of magnesium (the titles are linked):
I also recommend building up slowly over several days until you get to the full dose. We never want to add everything in all at once. My rule of thumb is only 1 new thing per day…so if I took 1 supplement yesterday, today I would only take 2, and then 3 tomorrow.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are deficient in magnesium, there’s a good chance that you’re deficient in other key minerals as well. The best way to find that out is through lab testing. Your doctor would likely run a blood test for this, and keep in mind that blood tests for magnesium are NOT accurate because 99% of magnesium is actually inside the cell. Blood is a transport system, so that doesn’t show you what’s going on inside the cells.
The best way to test for this is a hair tissue mineral analysis or HTMA. It’s a simple hair test that looks at magnesium and 36 other key mineral levels and heavy metals. Finding this information out about yourself might very well be the missing clue to the symptoms you are dealing with.
I have found that most clients who opt to address their mineral imbalances and address heavy metals end up feeling a whole lot better…and they start feeling the positive effects within just a matter of weeks.
I wholeheartedly believe that anyone who deals with things like fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression, etc. would benefit from running an HTMA.