Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
and Magnesium Absorption

Magnesium deficiency symptoms can be corrected by increasing magnesium rich foods and decreasing the foods that prevent magnesium absorption.

Magnesium absorption relies on various factors and conditions for optimal use by your body. Certain conditions must be present and other conditions removed in order for magnesium to be absorbed.

Too much magnesium can mimic magnesium deficiency symptoms, but this is much more rare.

A magnesium deficiency is much more common than too much magnesium, but it can happen when taking supplements and consuming certain foods which contain a very high amount of this mineral.

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety & Irritability
  • Excessive Noise Sensitivity
  • Asthma & Allergies
  • Cravings for Chocolate
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Cavities
  • Auto-Immune Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Blood Sugar Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Tingling & Numbness
  • Muscle Cramps & Spasms
  • Heart Problems
  • Angina
  • Intestinal Disorders
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Osteoporosis
  • Migraine Headaches
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer's
  • Obesity & Thyroid Disorders
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Confusion & Disorientation

This Prevents Magnesium Absorption

Diuretics like Coffee, Alcohol, and Soda

Too Much Sodium or White Salt

Foods Grown in Depleted Soil or Toxic Soil

Processed Foods, Fast Foods, and GMOs

Too much Phytic Acid

High Consumption of Phosphorus Foods

Gluten or Gluten Intolerance

Too much Bad Fats in Diet

Boiling Food for too Long

Low or High amounts of Protein Rich Foods

Low or High amounts of Calcium Rich Foods

Too much Fiber in Diet

Too much High Carbohydrate Foods


Too much Oxalic Acid 

Low amounts of Potassium Rich Foods

Extreme Diets & Dieting

Too much Stress

Symptoms of Too Much Magnesium

It's rare to overdo magnesium through dietary means or through the consumption of food.

And most Americans are probably suffering from magnesium deficiency symptoms rather than getting too much magnesium.

  • Nausea & Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Breathing Problems
  • Extreme Low Blood Pressure
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Mental Problems

However, ingesting large amounts of milk of magnesia, magnesium supplements, and even too much cacao powder could lead to too much magnesium.

And too much magnesium could create a calcium deficiency especially if your calcium levels are already too low - like what probably happens to people following a very strict vegan diet.

Also, people who have kidney problems or have kidneys that are not working up to par should be very careful of consuming too much magnesium - as this is the organ that eliminates excessive amounts of this mineral.

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