Ways to tell if you have a magnesium deficiency and how to combat it

Most people don't realize what the source of their fatigue is or where exactly their cumbersome migraines are coming from. Common ailments such as these can occur for a myriad of reasons, which makes it difficult to know precisely what the root of the problem is. However, one cause to consider that is often frequently overlooked is a deficiency in magnesium. 
The mineral magnesium is responsible for such things as helping regulate reactions within the body and building bone structure, according to the National Institutes of Health. The mineral, albeit imperative to vital functions within the body, is often not considered and maintained as seriously as it should be. A study cited by CNN and referenced by Dr. Danine Fruge of the Pritikin Longevity Center shows that only about 25 percent of adults in the United States are meeting the recommended amount of magnesium each day. 
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This seemingly ubiquitous deficiency in magnesium could be happening because it is fairly difficult to detect when its repositories start running low. Sometimes referred to as the "invisible deficiency," magnesium insufficiency often goes unnoticed because only 1 percent of the mineral in your body shows up in your blood stream, meaning blood tests won't expose a deficiency, reports CNN. 
Symptoms
To help you determine whether or not your magnesium levels are in low supply, take a look at the list of magnesium deficiency symptoms below. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, symptoms may include: 
- Irregular heart rate
- Restless leg syndrome
- Anxiety
- Muscle cramping
- Nausea 
- Insomnia
- Low blood pressure
- Seizures 
Prevention
To help prevent your magnesium levels from falling, it's important to be aware of the foods that are rich in the mineral. Some people choose to take magnesium supplements; however, Fruge explains to CNN that it is best to get the mineral through food because of the difference in the way the body absorbs magnesium from food than supplements.
According to Health.com, the following foods are rich in magnesium:
- Oatmeal
- Skim milk
- Flaxseed
- Almonds
- Broccoli
- Peas
- Pumpkin seeds
- Cashews
- Bananas
- Sunflower seeds
- Sweet corn
It's also important to note that certain types of drinks can inhibit magnesium from absorbing into the body. Fruge tells CNN that soda, caffeinated beverages and alcohol can all disrupt proper magnesium absorption, thus giving way to greater potential for deficiency. 
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If you're concerned about your magnesium intake, take a look at your diet and make adjustments where necessary. 
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