How Fibromyalgia Depletes Magnesium Levels (And Why It Makes Symptoms Worse)
If I were to create a list of the most important minerals your body needs, magnesium would likely be at the top.
For starters, it is used by every organ in the body. It is of particular importance for your heart, muscles, and kidneys. Not only that, but magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. Finally, it also plays a primary role in fueling your cells and enzymes.
For as important as magnesium is, you may be surprised to hear that 68% of Americans are consuming LESS than the recommended dosage. What’s more – 19% of Americans don’t even consume half of the recommended dosage.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
So why should you care if you’re not getting enough magnesium? As we’ve already seen, magnesium plays a vital role in various functions in your body.
But just knowing that magnesium plays a part in over 300 biochemical reactions or that it helps fuel your cells doesn’t give you a clear picture of how a deficiency could affect you on a daily basis.
To get a clearer picture, here are some of the ways a magnesium deficiency might manifest itself:
> Memory problems
> Loss of Appetite
> Muscle weakness
> Muscle cramps
> Difficulty swallowing
> Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Fibro-related Symptoms That Cause Magnesium Loss:
While there are various factors that can cause your magnesium levels to drop, I’ve identified three that should be of particular concern to anyone with fibromyalgia. That’s because these three factors are also common symptoms of fibromyalgia. They are sleep deprivation, stress, and digestive problems.
For most people with fibromyalgia, sleep deprivation is a serious problem. If you’re dealing with sleep problems associated with your fibromyalgia, this deprivation of sleep can lead to magnesium depletion.
To make matters worse, it can become a vicious cycle as depleted magnesium levels can cause you to become even more fatigued.
If you have fibromyalgia, you’re no stranger to stress. The condition turns lives upside down and forces its victims to try to pick the pieces back up and carry on – all while suffering from constant, widespread pain.
Unfortunately, the extra stress can also spell trouble for your magnesium levels. According to clinical studies, stress is associated with higher levels of magnesium depletion.
Many fibromyalgia patients are also faced with digestive problems related to their condition. In fact, about 50% of fibromyalgia sufferers have the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Symptoms range from bloating & constipation to abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Digestive problems and poor gut health can lead to poor absorption rates of magnesium, resulting in lower than normal amounts of the important mineral making it into your system.
7 Ways to Boost Magnesium Levels if You Have Fibromyalgia:
While it can be daunting to think of your fibromyalgia symptoms depleting your magnesium levels, all hope is not lost. There are ways to counteract their effects and boost your magnesium levels. Try these 7 tricks to boost your magnesium levels:
1. Eat magnesium-rich foods like halibut, kelp, leafy greens, nuts and seeds
2. Take a daily magnesium supplement
3. Use magnesium oil or magnesium lotion on the skin
4. Try a magnesium body butter
5. Eat fruits and vegetables rich in soluble fiber
6. Eat protein-rich foods
7. Take Epsom Salt or Magnesium Chloride baths (2-3 times a week)