Supplements: Magnesium

Magnesium is a nutrient that is usually deficient in patients with thyroid and is responsible for multiple symptoms which can cause severe thyroid anomalies. The following symptoms can be used to determine whether you have magnesium deficiency or not:

  • Prolonged periods of unhappiness
  • Cross and irritable
  • Difficulty maintaining your concentration
  • An autistic spectrum in your family history
  • Restlessness
  • Regular migraines or headaches
  • Family or individual history of diabetes
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Exhaustion
  • Asthma in the family history
  • Infrequent and hardened bowels
  • Extreme stress
  • Insomnia or trouble staying asleep
  • Jerking of muscles
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Cramps on the legs or hands
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Irregularities in the heart beat
  • Family or individual history of kidney stones
  • Individual or family history of heart complications
  • Individual or family history of mitral valve prolapse
  • Low intake of kelp, almonds, some nuts and seeds, or dark leafy vegetables.
  • Severe joint and menstrual cramps along with leg cramps.

The prevalence of magnesium deficiency

There are two major types of magnesium deficiencies, these are: overt deficiencies which cause low plasma calcium and potassium levels. This type of condition is regarded as severe but is also quite scarce. Subclinical deficiencies will not be detected easily on common blood tests but diagnosis can be done from the above symptoms.

You are at risk of developing magnesium deficiency if:

  • You are an alcoholic
  • Have severe diarrhea
  • People with Crohn’s disease
  • Older adults due to reduced efficiency of the gut
  • People being given medication which can impair magnesium absorption
  • People with hypothyroidism
  • If you suffer from type II diabetes

Sources of magnesium are majorly green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, grains, legumes and some seeds. Also, following a Paleo diet should ensure that you get high levels of magnesium. Avoid caffeine, stress and toxins since they deplete magnesium.

Magnesium is very important as a laxative and in addressing some of patient symptoms including:

  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Body cramps
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches

However, magnesium can delay absorption of thyroid medication. Always take magnesium 4 hours before your thyroid medication intake.

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