Warning Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency 

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

The most important functions of these minerals in the body are:

Magnesium.

Helps in muscle contraction, maintains a proper heart rate, promotes bone strength, aids nerve function, reduces anxiety, aids digestion, and balances protein fluids.

Calcium.

Prevents blood clots, helps with muscle contraction, blood clotting, supports the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth, and cell division.

Potassium.

Regulates blood pressure, heart rate, and promotes proper muscle function.

Typically, these minerals are found in body fluids such as urine, sweat, and blood.

Nerves signal other nerves through chemical exchanges that depend on oppositely charged ions inside and outside the cell.

Electrolyte imbalance can result from many things, such as:

  • Improper nutrition;
  • Improper absorption of nutrients, which is associated with problems of the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system;
  • Chemotherapy;
  • Antibiotic use;
  • Impaired renal function;
  • Various medical conditions (especially those that present with symptoms such as diarrhea, sweating, vomiting, or high fever, which can lead to dehydration and fluid loss);
  • Other drugs (drugs used to treat heart disease, cancer, hormonal disorders);
  • Endocrine disorders or hormonal imbalances;

The most common symptoms of electrolyte imbalance are:

  • Insomnia;
  • Muscle pain, cramps, twitching, and weakness;
  • Fever;
  • Thirst;
  • Anxiety;
  • Fluctuations in weight and appetite;
  • Joint pain and numbness;
  • An irregular heartbeat or rapid heartbeat;
  • Irregular pressure
  • Joint problems;
  • Frequent headaches;
  • Dizziness;
  • Cramps, constipation, or diarrhea;

  • Fatigue (a symptom of chronic fatigue)

If you frequently experience the symptoms listed above, you should seek medical attention and do some tests to assess your electrolyte levels, as well as blood and urine tests and an EKG test to find the cause of these abnormalities.

Anxiety and trouble sleeping.

Decreased magnesium levels can lead to fatigue, sleep problems, muscle cramps, and an increased number of heart beats.

Digestive problems.

Irregular electrolyte levels can lead to various digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, cramps, and hemorrhoids.

Changes in the heartbeat.

If potassium levels are too high, hyperkalemia can develop, which can lead to tingling, weakness, or numbness of the muscles.

It also affects the heartbeat, causes anxiety, while high calcium levels affect the cardiovascular system.

Pain in bones and joints.

If your calcium levels are too high, you may suffer from vomiting, bone fractures, kidney stones, and constipation.

Muscle spasms.

In case of dehydration and low levels of magnesium and potassium, you will suffer from cramps and muscle weakness.

Treating electrolyte imbalances.

  • Drink as much water as possible
  • Eliminate processed, fried foods from your diet
  • Eat more greens, sweet potatoes, vegetables , kale, avocados, bananas, and broccoli
  • In case of low calcium levels, eat more legumes, greens, high quality dairy products.