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Magnesium Deficiency: Symptoms and Treatments

Magnesium is an essential mineral that supports blood pressure, bone strength, and heart rhythm. While it’s found in many foods, magnesium deficiency is relatively common, affecting around 15 to 20% of the population. Left without treatment, low magnesium levels can cause uncomfortable symptoms and even medical complications. 

Read on to learn more about magnesium deficiency and how it can be treated with IV therapy. 

What Are the Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency?

The most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tremors
  • Abnormal heart rhythms

What Causes Magnesium Deficiency?

The possible causes of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Poor diet: Not eating enough dietary sources of magnesium can contribute to a deficiency in this mineral. Food sources of magnesium include leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. 
  • Digestive conditions, including Crohn’s disease
  • Kidney conditions
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Taking certain medications, including diuretics or reflux medications

Complications of Magnesium Deficiency

In the long term, magnesium deficiency can contribute to the development of various chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and coronary heart disease. 

Treatments for Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency is primarily treated with supplementation. You can find magnesium capsules at most drugstores, although you should talk to your doctor about the right dosage for your needs. Additionally, IV therapy is a method of magnesium supplementation that can provide greater customization to address your deficiency. 

In IV therapy, a saline solution containing a blend of nutrients is delivered directly to the bloodstream. This method omits the digestive system, allowing your body to rapidly absorb the nutrients. With traditional supplementation, some of the nutrients are lost to the body’s digestive processes. 

IV therapy can provide faster relief from symptoms of magnesium deficiency than oral supplements. Reach out to the experienced team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine today to schedule an appointment!

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