Studies show that up to 70-80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Are you one of them? Read the five reasons below and see how many apply to you.
Reason #1: Modern farming has screwed you over.
This applies to everyone, unless you grow your own veggies or get them from a source you trust. The truth is this: We’ve depleted the soil. Magnesium makes it’s way into our diet through many different vegetables, legumes, and grains. In recent history, industrial farming practices have overworked the soil, reducing the key nutrients that make their way into the food supply. The resulting produce contains little of the natural magnesium we once used to get from the environment.
Reason #2: You don’t eat enough leafy greens, beans, or whole grains.
Even putting the farming thing aside, you still need to try to get magnesium into your diet. For most people, their diet doesn’t contain enough. Our diet has also shifted away from foods that are rich sources of the mineral. The best sources of magnesium are nuts and beans, green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, and whole grains such as brown rice. With processed foods making up most of our diets, we’re eating less of the good stuff that contains magnesium.
This is a big one that applies to most people as well. Most modern cities add fluoride to their water supply, in part to kill bacteria and also to help prevent cavities. But the practice of fluoridating water has had a history of controversy. Fluoride binds to magnesium particles and renders them unavailable for use in our body. You can switch to bottled water that is distilled, but doing that often causes you to miss out on healthy minerals that are naturally in the water.
Reason #4: You drink coffee.
It’s estimated that over 50% of people over the age of 18 drink coffee. But despite its perky benefits, coffee has dark side (pun intended). If you haven’t noticed yet, coffee makes you pee. A lot more than you otherwise would. Because coffee is a diuretic (a fancy science term for “makes you pee, a lot”), lots of nutrients in your body are, well, flushed away. This includes a lot of your key vitamins as well as, you guessed it, magnesium. Need a solution if you can’t give up your fix? Add a scoop of non-alkalized cocoa powder to your coffee routine. Not only will it make bland coffee into a mocha, it’ll also replenish some of the magnesium that is bound to be lost.
Reason #5: You have no idea what “transdermal magnesium” means.
Surprise! Your diet is actually the worst way to get magnesium into your body. That’s because it turns out there a much better way: through your skin. People are not accustomed to thinking of nutrients travelling through their largest organ, but it’s actually a really fast way to get it into your system. It’s theorized that early humans would absorb magnesium by spending time in the ocean. To fight off this curse of civilization, consider getting a transdermal magnesium oil and use it frequently. You’ll be happy to learn that this wonder-mineral also helps rapid healing of wounds, sunburn, damaged skin, gum disease, and muscle soreness when applied topically.