Problems with sleep and stress? You might have a magnesium deficiency...

As a practitioner, I have a handful of "go to" treatments.  Magnesium happens to be one of these.  At Texas Metabolic Cetners, we recommend magnesium to anyone who has sleep/stress issues.  

What do you need to know about this mineral?  Here are a few key points:

-The best oral forms of magnesium are magnesium glycinate or magnesium malate, at a dose of 400mg-800mg daily.  These forms are easily absorbed, and less likely to cause diarrhea.  We usually recommend People's Pharmacy, Natural Grocers, or Whole Foods for places to buy these forms.

-The best food sources are: seaweed, nuts (NOT peanuts), leafy greens, and certain beans.

-You can also absorb magnesium through your skin, in the form of an Epsom salt bath.  I find it easiest to do a 10 minute Epsom salt foot bath before bed, and I like to add a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil for added relaxation benefits.

-Coffee, alcohol, stress, excessive sweating, and many drugs/medications will deplete the body of this important mineral.

-There are MANY symptoms associated with low magnesium levels, but the most common symptoms I see are: difficulty sleeping, high blood pressure, restless legs or cramping muscles (particularly at night), reflux/heartburn, bad menstrual cramps, and mood disorders (i.e. increased anxiety/depression).

Check out more information about the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the food sources of magnesium, and a few links to the research on magnesium, click here

Best in health!

Meg McElroy PA-C