Almost everyone unfamiliar with magnesium asks me “How do I know I’m magnesium deficient?” So, I thought I would address this question today.
The Simple Answer
The simple answer to whether you are magnesium deficient is, “Yes.” I recently attended the International Society for the Development of Research on Magnesium conference. In Dr. Gopal Kumar’s presentation, he said that magnesium deficient diets are common. He went so far as to state that more than 50% of the US population is magnesium deficient, although I think that number could be up to 80%.His information makes sense to me since I know that there is less than half of the magnesium in soil than there was 100 years ago. So, even when you eat local, seasonal, and organic, you may not even get the RDA for magnesium in your diet.
What Is the RDA for Magnesium?
The RDA for magnesium is approximately 310 mg per day. That is why the maintenance dose for my mineral product, ReMag, is one teaspoon a day. (There are 300 mg of magnesium in every teaspoon of ReMag.) So, when a healthy person wants to maintain/expand wellness, they should use one teaspoon of ReMag a day.
Why Is Magnesium So Important?
As Dr. Kumar mentioned in the conference I attended, they have found that magnesium is a co-factor for more than 1,000 enzyme reactions that provide vital metabolic functions in the body. Additionally, magnesium regulates genomic stability, energy status and antioxidant capacity of the cell. Moreover, magnesium and calcium have similar chemical properties, but their role in biological systems is counterintuitively antagonistic. This antagonism drives functions such as relaxing (magnesium) and contracting (calcium) muscles. Think of your heart beating, your knee bending and straightening, and you’ll understand the relationship between magnesium and calcium.
What Does Magnesium Deficiency Look Like?
In my latest eBook, Total Body Meltdown and the 65 Reasons Why: Where Nothing Works and Everything Hurts (available the week of June 3, 2019 at https://drcarolyndeanlive.com/category/books/), I talk about looking for a reason. Let me describe what I mean when I say that:
When we fall ill, we spend a lot of time, energy, and money trying to find out what went wrong. It’s called, “Looking for a Reason.” Finding out what’s wrong can turn off that question and allow us to get better, but not finding out can hamper our healing.
I know that’s why you are wondering whether you could possibly have a magnesium deficiency. I acknowledge that your intuition could be correct in the 2017 Edition of The Magnesium Miracle where I list 65 conditions that can be caused by magnesium deficiency but are misdiagnosed as a medical condition and treated with drugs and/or surgery. Here is a link to a recording of one of my shows where I talk about and list those 65 conditions.
What Can I Do?
To get the quickest, most personalized answer take our questionnaire: Are you magnesium deficient?
What Else Can I Do?
- Listen to the recording I have linked above and then read the list of 65 possible magnesium deficiencies. See which ones may apply to your situation.
- Continue to research ReMag and the deficiencies you have identified by reading the free books and listening to the recordings at https://drcarolyndeanlive.com. There is a powerful, easy to use topical search tool on the website.
- Try ReMag, following Dr. Dean’s suggestions on how to use the product (in the product box). Many product users see small improvements fairly early in their process, and this can be corroboration that you have been experiencing a magnesium deficiency.
- Listen or phone in to my internet radio show on Monday nights from 7:00-9:00 p.m. eastern time. Click here for more information.
- If you need help tweaking your ReMag use, contact customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-577-3703.
Dr. Carolyn Dean