Top 10 Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Feeling a bit OFF?

Can’t figure out why you can’t sleep even though you’re exercising and staying hydrated? It could be your magnesium levels are low or deficient.

Most Americans have a blood serum test  that shows a low magnesium ’normal range’ however, unknowingly have low magnesium symptoms. Magnesium deficiency symptoms

These symptoms can be the beginning to more severe issues involving the brain and heart which can be addressed by simple preventative treatments.

Physicians commonly disregard ‘low normal’ ranges as healthy, since they fall into a ‘normal’ range. Unfortunately, the current micronutrient ranges are derived from metadata and may not pertain to each and every person.

According to research, tests which are used in clinic do not accurately depict the levels of magnesium we have in our bodies , due to its nature of existence and metabolic functions. 

Magnesium is so tightly regulated, that ‘low normal’ ranges can make a significant negative impact on the biological functions in the body, challenging the chemical framework.

Tight ‘regulation’ mean the body always needs to keep a particular nutrient circulating in the bloodstream at all times. This chemical ’need’ gives a ‘sense of urgency’ to maintaining adequate to higher levels in the body.

As a matter of fact, our 70% of society is low and magnesium & athletes require almost 20-30% more magnesium; and nutrients, to keep the fires burning at efficient levels. This information translates to a ‘must have’ nutrient dense diet for any athlete striving for lofty goals.

We read a lot about magnesium nowadays because the evidence is clear on how the body demands magnesium at high amounts. Mainly, due to the way the body utilizes this particular mineral. Utilization of nutrients is a major key to the function and performance inside of the body.

Being critical to the ATP energy cycle and magnesium is only derived from external sources and cannot be made by the body, so magnesium has ‘big shoulders’ regarding our biological chemistry and functions.

Low magnesium levels present themselves differently for many people. Common initial signs are linked to higher stress levels. Stress has increased across the board for all demographics, with women having higher stress  levels than men. 

Magnesium deficiency symptom definitions:

Restless legs syndrome- A neurological disorder that causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in your legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Symptoms commonly occur in the late afternoon or evening hours and are often most intense at night when you are resting.

Migraines- A headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

Man with migraine holding his hand to his head

Muscle Cramping- A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles. 

Delayed Muscle onset soreness

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)It is a sore, aching, painful feeling in the muscles after unfamiliar and unaccustomed intense exercise. DOMS is considered a type 1 muscle strain injury that has a pain free period of 12-24 hours and muscle soreness peaks between 24-72 hours

Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)- throbbing or cramping pains in the lower abdomen

Eye twitching- affects the muscles in the eyelid and causes twitching or involuntary blinking.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- A complex multisystem disease commonly characterized by severe fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, sleep problems, autonomic dysfunction, and post-exertional malaise, which can severely impair patients' ability to conduct the activities of daily living.

Anxiety- A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

Woman with anxiety holding her hands over her face

Mood Disorders- Your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function.

Pre diabetes- When blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 96 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes.

HypoThyroid- happens when the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormone. This condition also is called underactive thyroid.

Thyroid Gland

Atrial Fibrillation- (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib

Chart depicting Atrial Fibrillation vs a normal heart beat

Since magnesium is stored in muscles and bones, the goal is to keep sufficient amounts of magnesium in the muscles, namely the heart. Researchers are noting a significant number of aging endurance athletes with atrial fibrillation.

Getting ahead of the curve to replenish magnesium levels is a simple preventative measure for a healthy long life and maximizing your athletic potential.

Prevention and elevating ALL nutrients is your best practice to elevating  low magnesium levels and reducing organ maladies.