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Most People Lack Magnesium But They Don’t Even Know It, Here’s Why It Matters

Most People Lack Magnesium But They Don’t Even Know It, Here’s Why It Matters

In a world that is filled with some many products fighting for your attention, it can be difficult to figure out the best way to keep yourself healthy. Regardless, as a result of this, many people are missing essential parts of their diet. However, one really important fact stands out across the board is that many people are missing one important nutrient in their diet. Americans, in particular, are guilty of it. There is evidence that shows over 80% of American adults currently don’t have enough magnesium in their diets. Furthermore, there’s other research that suggests that at most, 25% of Americans actually get enough Magnesium. All of these numbers can be frightening unless you have no real idea what magnesium does for your body. It’s quite important to both you and your nutritionist that you get the proper amount each day. It’s recommended by experts that you get 310 to 320 milligrams (mg) for women and 400 to 420 (mg) for men.

Who’s At Risk of Deficiency?

Magnesium deficiency is quite common, but most folks aren’t aware they have it as the symptoms are quite subtle. The interesting part of magnesium deficiency is that unless you have severely low intakes of magnesium or have one of a few different medical conditions, you probably wouldn’t even notice. If you have dangerously low intakes, alcohol dependency, have Type 2 diabetes, or gastrointestinal diseases or are a little older, then some symptoms may start to pop up sooner then you want them to. The reason for this is the fact that when you look into the subject, you realize that most magnesium lies in the bones and cells of the body, meaning it’s really hard to assess whether someone is truly deficient or not and there’s no single reliable method to find out.

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What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of magnesium deficiency as stated earlier are subtle, but as your deficiency gets worse, so do the symptoms. Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. When you become more deprived, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.

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Things get far more dangerous the longer you wait. It can even wind up manifesting as hypocalcemia or hypokalemia (low serum calcium or potassium levels, respectively) because mineral homeostasis is disrupted. So sure, everything is fine now, you don’t have much to worry about, but do you really want to wait to until symptoms show up?

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Sources of Magnesium

There’s no need to fear because the problem is solved easily enough. As it happens, there are many foods that can help you replenish your levels. Now it’s not an exact science, but so long as you incorporate more of the foods on the list, you can prevent being deficient in magnesium. In fact, one very reliable and abundant source of magnesium happens to be leafy vegetables. All things considered, here’s a solid list of foods that can easily be incorporated into your diet to be more magnesium-heavy.

  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Cereal
  • Soymilk
  • Black Beans
  • Edamame
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread
  • Avocado
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Yogurt
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Oatmeal
  • Kidney Beans
  • Banana

And more. When you’re looking for solid ways to use these foods, just be aware that some actually need to be prepared in order to have the biggest effect. The black beans need to be cooked while you can just scarf a banana. There’s also the prominence of supplements as well, with a disclaimer. You need to be aware that if you are going the supplement route, too much magnesium can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramping.

Final Thoughts

When you picture yourself when you’re older, sometimes we have a skewed vision of what it’ll look like. It may not be as pretty as you might hope if you keep living the way you do now, but you can take steps now to ensure your health in both the present and future. It’s worth handling now, as it’ll be more difficult the longer you wait!

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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