Dr Libby Weaver, PhD – Nutritional Biochemist and best selling author of “Accidentally Overweight”.
From a dietary perspective, too many fizzy drinks (or carbonated water), caffeine, excess salt and alcohol can all lead to a decrease in magnesium status. Heavy menstrual periods and excessive sweating too can lead to a magnesium deficiency, as can prolonged stress. This is because for every unit of adrenaline – a stress hormone – that your body creates, the body uses up magnesium. So the more stressed you are, the greater your requirement for magnesium.
Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency can include agitation and anxiety, restless leg syndrome (RLS), sleep disorders, irritability, nausea and vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, low blood pressure, confusion, muscle spasm and weakness, hyperventilation, insomnia, constipation, fatigue and poor nail growth.