Magnesium, what it is used for and the symptoms that indicate a deficit

Magnesium, what it is used for and the symptoms that indicate a deficit

This episode of "Daily Health Pills" explains why magnesium is important, what happens when it is missing and why it can cause spring fatigue.

Often a magnesium deficiency is linked to so-called spring fatigue. In fact, magnesium is essential for the body since it allows the correct contraction of the myocardial cells, promotes the normal production of proteins, makes the enzymes necessary for the metabolism of lipids and carbohydrates work better. In addition, it improves the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, facilitating the mechanisms of muscle contraction and relaxation and helps regulate the transmission of nerve signals.

When it is necessary to think that we do not have enough magnesium

Magnesium deficiencies can be linked to poor or insufficient absorption as occurs in some diseases of the intestine and pancreas or when there are particularly severe and protracted forms of diarrhea. But beware, a deficiency can be linked to the loss of magnesium in the urine. In this case, kidney diseases, the abuse of diuretic drugs or the ingestion of drugs that are toxic to the kidneys come into play.

Finally, a magnesium deficiency can be present when you are experiencing a moment of particular stress. It can happen to pregnant women, to people who abuse alcohol, after having had surgery, or following very extensive burns.

The signs of magnesium deficiency

When the magnesium deficiency is quite severe, muscle weakness, tremors, involuntary muscle contractions can occur. A mild deficit can, on the other hand, be linked to an alteration of female hormonal cycles and also to a worsening of high blood pressure.

Proper nutrition

Every human being needs on average 6 mg of magnesium per kilo of weight each day. Although during pregnancy and breastfeeding there may be an increase in the need. Natural sources of magnesium are green vegetables such as beets, dried fruit, whole grains, fresh fruit, especially peaches. Tofu and soy can also provide magnesium. In general, the Mediterranean diet is able to provide the necessary amount of magnesium.

However, we must remember that cooking can also cause a loss of magnesium contained in food. Also, be careful to always eat regularly. Highly low-calorie diets can create problems in the sense of the availability of magnesium. Therefore, you should always consult your doctor.

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“Daily Health Pills” is Tipsforwomens TakeCare's podcast series, curated by Federico Mereta. In each episode we talk about prevention, care and good habits.

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