Most people are unaware of the role and importance of magnesium in the functioning of the organism. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals and is essential for good health. Experts have determined that the recommended daily dose of magnesium for adults is 375 mg.
The amount of an element as important as magnesium is carefully regulated by the body. If cells begin to lack magnesium, the body replaces it from its own stores – from the bones and the liver. If the balance of magnesium is negative, the following general signs of deficiency quickly become apparent: constipation, loss of appetite, feeling unwell, fatigue, low energy, muscle spasms, pins and needles, irritability, sleep disorders, headaches, poor concentration and psychological changes.
Scientists have called magnesium the anti-stress mineral and a salve for the nerves and muscles.
The larger the deficiency, the more pronounced the symptoms. These can include pins and needles, tremors, muscle spasms, cramps, and sudden changes in behaviour caused by increased electrical activity in the brain, along with heart rhythm changes. Severe magnesium deficiency can in turn cause a decrease in blood calcium concentration, which is also associated with a decrease in potassium concentration.
Severe deficiency is very rare. While minor magnesium deficiency causes problems only in some cases, these tend to persist once they occur. These vary and can manifest themselves in several ways.
Most of these symptoms are very general and can be due to other medical conditions, not only magnesium deficiency. If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor to ensure you get proper help.
Causes of magnesium deficiency include:
Those who lose magnesium from their organism or have weakened absorption of magnesium have a greater need for this mineral.
- Modern food production and processing, which causes decreased content of magnesium and other minerals in foodstuffs, causing a lack of magnesium in the modern diet.
- A poor, unbalanced diet and certain fad diets, as well as foods very rich in calcium, or a lack of vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
- Certain medicines, such as diuretics, antibiotics and certain chemotherapeutic agents.
- Endocrine causes (certain thyroid, kidney and adrenal gland diseases).
- Insufficiently managed diabetes is also often accompanied by magnesium deficiency, as hyperglycaemia is tightly linked to increased magnesium secretion through the kidneys.
- Alcoholism is also accompanied by magnesium deficiency. Alcohol prevents the absorption of magnesium from the digestive tract and causes increased secretion of urine.
- Insufficient absorption and loss of magnesium from the digestive tract after certain surgeries can lead to magnesium deficiency. People with Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, ulcerative colitis and similar bowel diseases that are accompanied by diarrhoea are also at risk of magnesium deficiency.
- Stress and a fast pace of life increase the body’s demand for magnesium.
- The elderly are often magnesium deficient partly due to decreased intake and partly due to decreased absorption and increased secretion through the kidneys.
To alleviate these problems:
- Eat healthy, natural, unprocessed food; Eat a lot of green vegetables, whole-wheat grains and sprouts, and include nuts in your diet;
- Avoid excessive alcohol intake;
- Exercise regularly and avoid stress.
The role of magnesium in your body:
- essential in cases of increased demand (intensive growth, breast-feeding, pregnancy);
- takes part in more than 300 biochemical processes in the human organism;
- helps reduce fatigue and exhaustion;
- contributes to normal psychological functioning;
- contributes significantly to electrolyte balance;
- helps release energy from metabolism;
- contributes to the functioning of the nervous system;
- contributes to normal muscle function, including cardiac function;
- contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth;
- plays a role in cell division and protein synthesis.
How Donat Mg® helps with magnesium deficiency
As little as 0.3 to 0.4 litres of Donat Mg® natural mineral water is enough to satisfy the recommended daily allowance of magnesium.
Donat Mg® natural mineral water is recommended in combination with a varied and balanced diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.