A magnesium deficiency is all too often missed because it does not show up in routine blood tests, around only 1% of magnesium is stored in the blood, whilst the remaining 99% is found in our cells and the fluid surrounding our cells. As a result when a routine blood test detects a low magnesium, then it is likely to be a severe or even potentially life-threatening deficiency, with up to 99% of the body’s magnesium already depleted.
Magnesium is required for around 300 enzymatic processes within the body, and is the second most abundant ion inside cells, and along with calcium is critical in regulating the electrical activity in the body, this includes all muscles contractions, hearts beats and brain activity.
Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles such as constipation, urinary spasms, menstrual cramps, difficulty swallowing and loud noise sensitivity, are hallmarks of a magnesium deficiency. Symptoms of the central nervous system include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations.
Here is a list of early warning signs that may be suggestive of a magnesium shortage in its early stages:
- Physical and mental fatigue
- Persistent under-eye twitch
- Tension in upper back, shoulders and neck
- Pre-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness
Here is a list of possible manifestations of magnesium failing:
- Low energy
- Poor digestion
- Fatigue, weakness
- Inability to sleep
Signs of a severe magnesium failing include:
- Excessive thirst and hunger
- Frequent urination
- Dry itchy skin
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections
- Sores that heal slowly
By Megan Maitland