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Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency and Menopause Overlap

October 16th, 2015

Yet another reason a healthy diet is key to the success of your menopause treatment program.

Magnesium should be the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. However, many people are actually magnesium deficient. This deficiency is easy for doctors to overlook and can cause a variety of symptoms, some of which overlap with your menopause symptoms.

Magnesium is an electrolyte that serves as a cofactor in over 300 reactions in the body. Without healthy levels of magnesium, the electrical connections that fire the muscles, heart, and brain can start to decline. This results in all kinds of unpleasant symptoms, including some that may sound quite familiar from your menopause experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired memory
  • Headaches

Lack of magnesium doesn’t just make you feel bad. It is also bad for your health. Without magnesium, calcium can crystallize in the blood, causing problems like kidney stones and preventing calcium from being used to build strong bones. Low magnesium also robs you of many heart-healthy benefits. People then turn to medications to replace what magnesium should be doing, taking aspirin to inhibit blood clots and ACE inhibitors to relax blood vessels.

Why Are We So Low on Magnesium?

Low Dietary Intake: The typical American’s diet is high in processed and refined foods that do not provide high amounts of magnesium.

Stress: When you get stressed, your body uses magnesium to produce stress hormone. Chronic stress can quickly deplete bodily stores of magnesium.

Too Much Sugar: Magnesium is needed to process sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more magnesium will be diverted from other bodily processes.

Drug Interactions: Certain pharmaceuticals such as oral contraceptives, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone, and blood pressure medications can deplete magnesium.

How to Boost Magnesium for Better Menopause Symptom Relief

At Renew Woman™, we know that low estrogen is not the only factor behind your menopause symptoms. Imbalances in other hormones, as well as your diet, activity level, and stress level, can also affect your health, your symptoms, and the effectiveness of your menopause treatment.

Naturally, in order to ensure maximum relief from your symptoms, we need to address all these factors. To eliminate the impact of magnesium deficiency on your symptoms, you have two main choices: take a quality multi-vitamin or work more natural sources of magnesium into your diet. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, brown rice, spinach, and chocolate are all excellent sources of magnesium.

To get more information about our “whole woman” approach to menopause treatment, please call us at 800-859-7511.

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