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Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

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Magnesium deficiency is more common than you think.

Do you have magnesium deficiency?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, 68 to 80 percent of Americans have magnesium deficiency. Here’s how to make sure you’re not part of that population!

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I feel like I keep ending up talking with friends about magnesium deficiency. My friend Sally takes megadoses of magnesium when she feels a migraine coming on, and I was just recommending it to another girlfriend to help with edema. When I was pregnant, magnesium supplements made a humungous difference for me when it came to my poor swollen feet and ankles. Make sure you talk to your gynecologist, though, because there is such a thing as too much magnesium when you’re pregnant.

So, how can you tell if you have a magnesium deficiency? Looking at the numbers above, you’re pretty much safe in assuming that you do. Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:

  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • weakness
  • extremely painful cramps during your period
  • muscle spasms or tightness
  • heart disease
  • anorexia
  • sugar cravings
  • hypertension
  • anxiety
  • poor nail growth

Of course, those symptoms can mean a lot of things, so your best bet if you suspect that you’re magnesium deficient is to talk to your doctor and get a blood test.

You can take magnesium supplements like I did when I was pregnant, or you can add magnesium-rich foods to your diet. Liz Thompson at our sister site Feelgood Style wrote a great piece on how to get sufficient magnesium through food, and you can check that out below!

{Image Credit: Quinoa photo via Shutterstock}

Magnesium Deficiency, More Common Than You Think (via http://feelgoodstyle.com)

If you are a migraine sufferer you’ve probably heard about magnesium deficiency. The two are thought to be linked. Did you know that most of us are somewhat deficient in this mineral? If you often feel weak, fatigued or irritable (or get lots of headaches…



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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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