Unfortunately, there is a significant percentage of adults that are magnesium deficient. Some research indicates up to 90%. This is a worry given the vital impact magnesium plays in the body. Upwards of 300 processes in the body according to studies. This is due to a few reasons, a couple of which include soil degradation, environmental pollution and a swing in diets towards more processed foods. All of which have drastically reduced the amount of magnesium we are able to absorb and use.
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean:
"Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now we're lucky to get 200 milligrams."
Stress also plays a big role and effects how our bodies absorb the mineral. With a 2015 Stress and Wellbeing survey conducted by the Australian Psychology Society reporting lower levels of general wellbeing and higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety symptoms, it's no wonder many Australians could be having trouble maintaining their magnesium supplies.
Without the correct amount of daily magnesium people can experience symptoms like muscle cramps, anxiety and high blood pressure just to list a few. Fatigue and low energy levels can also be an indication that perhaps your Magnesium levels are deficient among other symptoms.
While certain foods like seaweed and green leafy vegetables like spinach are an excellent source of magnesium, as are some beans, nuts, and seeds, like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds, as mentioned earlier due to different farming practices they just don't contain enough of the valuable mineral to ensure you are getting the required daily intake.
With this in mind, magnesium supplements are an effective way to boost your magnesium levels. There are many different types of Magnesium and different ways to use Magnesium. There are oral supplements and transdermal Magnesium which is applied to the body in the form of a Magnesium Oil.
Magnesium Chloride is best known for its transdermal qualities. It's a great way to deliver an excellent boost while avoiding side effects like diarrhoea associated with many of the oral magnesium supplements.
If you're feeling any of the symptoms above it might be worth considering a Magnesium supplement. Having a chat to your healthcare professional about Magnesium and how it might help you could also be a helpful conversation to consider.