When you think of important minerals and vitamins that need to be a part of your diet, what ones first come to mind? Chances are, you probably thought of calcium, vitamin B, or potassium. But what about magnesium? An article by Mineral Resources International calls magnesium “the forgotten mineral.” As a result, the average American only consumes 76% of the daily recommended dose. This can lead to a magnesium deficiency, causing several health problems that can occur over a long period of time.
What are the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency?
Proper levels of this mineral affect a wide variety of the body’s functions. After a long term magnesium deficiency, you might experience confusion, fatigue, muscle cramps, heartbeat irregularities, migraines, and hormonal imbalances in women. Part of this may be due to the effect that magnesium has on the muscles in the body. Without enough magnesium, muscles constrict and cause pain. The same occurs with blood vessels that constrict and cause migraines and headaches.
How can a magnesium deficiency affect your chiropractic care?
When you receive a chiropractic adjustment, the doctor properly aligns the vertebrae. Part of this process also affects the muscles, as the body has to adapt to the proper spinal position. If the muscles in the back and neck are prone to contracting as a result of a magnesium deficiency, then an adjustment may not hold as well. The muscles could work against the adjustment, pulling the spine out of alignment again. With maintenance chiropractic care and a healthy, magnesium-rich diet, however, this can easily be avoided!
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