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Magnesium Deficiency – A Little Known Killer

by Kelley Herring on February 2, 2009

Last week, my 86 year old grandmother was rushed to the hospital. Although she’s never had heart problems, she was experiencing shortness of breath, tightness in her chest and palpitations.

The doctors in the ER thought she was having a heart attack. They monitored her vital signs closely, while administering electrolytes by IV. Three days later, my grandmother was released and referred to a cardiologist for further treatment.

How an Intelligent and Forward-Thinking Doctor Saved My Grandmother’s Lifecheck your heart

Instead of putting her on a heart medication and sending her to the cardiologist – as most doctors would do – my grandmother’s physician did something that I believe saved her life. Dr. Schneider did what is rarely heard of in “mainstream” medicine. She checked my grandmother’s mineral levels.

The result showed that my grandmother was suffering from an acute magnesium deficiency. She left that day with only one prescription – for a daily magnesium supplement.

To think that for less than $0.05 per day, my grandmother could have avoided a near-death experience… and a $20,000 hospital visit.

Thanks to her forward-thinking physician, my grandmother avoided a prescription for dangerous prescription drugs that would have done nothing to solve her underlying condition. And by diagnosing her magnesium deficiency correctly (and quickly!), she probably saved her life.

It is estimated that magnesium deficiency causes 20 million deaths worldwide every year, including nearly 600 per day in the U.S. alone.

In fact, some studies have shown that over 80% of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium, to one degree or another. That means there is a good chance that YOU are deficient.

This Mineral is Vital to Your Existence…Do You Have Enough of It?

Magnesium plays hundreds of crucial roles in your body. It helps regulate the rhythm of your heartbeat. It helps to control your blood pressure and maintain insulin sensitivity. It controls the uptake and release of many hormones and neurotransmitters and it is vital for more than 300 enzymes to function properly.

Magnesium deficiency can be associated with a long list of illnesses and symptoms including:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart attack
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • IBS
  • Kidney stones
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • PMS
  • Stroke
  • Acid reflux

…just to name a few.

A rich, whole foods diet should provide all the magnesium your body requires. On the other hand, processed foods – which make up about 90% of the money Americans spend on food – contain almost none of this vital mineral.

And we further deplete our body’s magnesium stores with the phosphoric acid in colas and coffee, by consuming sugar and carbohydrates, salt, excess alcohol, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs. We also lose more magnesium as we age.

Prevent Magnesium Deficiency with Delicious Foods

Be sure to enjoy dark leafy greens (like spinach and Swiss chard), nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, wild salmon and halibut, black beans and navy beans… and don’t forget the most decadent source of magnesium – delicious dark cocoa!

And because magnesium deficiency is such a life-threatening problem, you may want to ensure adequate body levels with a supplement. Magnesium citrate and magnesium chloride are the forms that are best absorbed (as opposed to magnesium oxide). If you have difficulty swallowing, consider a liquid supplement.

The RDA is 420 mg for adult males and 320 mg for adult females, however, there is solid evidence that these numbers are lower than optimal.

Unfortunately, Life-Threatening Deficiencies Don’t End with Magnesium

There are dozens of vitamin, mineral, enzyme and hormone deficiencies that can put your health and your quality of life at serious risk. Not to mention environmental toxins and malfunctions in your organs and immune system.

The good news is that you can test for all of these things. Most of the tests are quite inexpensive. They are very easy to perform. And in many cases, your insurance will even pay for it.

Unfortunately, most doctors simply don’t test for these critical factors.

That is why I have produced a very special bonus report called 20 Lifesaving Tests Your Doctor Hasn’t Performed (and Should!).

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is why the information in this report could literally save your life – or that of a loved one.

Don’t wait – take control of your health today!

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

Kelley Herring – who has written posts on Healing Gourmet.


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