Are your chocolate cravings so intense that you feel like it screams your name? Do you ever jump out of bed in the middle of the night because of a muscle spasm? Or, no matter what you try, do you have difficulty sleeping? There’s a good chance you’re deficient in magnesium.

Magnesium is essential for over 300 different enzymatic processes to help your body function properly. It’s a common mineral to be deficient in, yet most people have no idea they’re lacking this vital nutrient!

Here are seven key signs that you may be deficient without even realizing:


What depletes my levels?

  • Processed food and drink high in flour, sugar, caffeine and alcohol should be limited.
  • Stress also plays a role, so try implementing relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga as much as possible.
  • Check with your doctor to see if your medication is a deficiency – many high blood pressure medications may be contributing to your problems rather than helping

How can I get more?

First, stop eating foods that deplete nutrients, such as flour and sugar. Instead eat foods high in magnesium-

  • Avocado
  • Meat
  • Leafy greens
  • Beans and lentils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa)

Try consuming more of these foods to help reduce symptoms of magnesium deficiency. You may be surprised to find out that it’s all you needed to feel better!

Looking for a supplement? Try magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate, they’re two of the most readily absorbed. Just avoid overdoing it as they have a laxative effect when consumed in high doses!
Check with your naturopath, pharmacist or doctor to find out what is the best supplement for you.