Magnesium Deficiency | Are You Magnesium Deficient?: Thomas DeLauer
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since I’ve been doing so many videos surrounding the world of magnesium deficiencies and magnesium in general lately I’ve been getting hit with a lot of questions suitable questions like how do I know if I have a magnesium deficiency or what are some of the ways that I can test for a magnesium deficiency I figured it’s a perfect time to do a video describing where magnesium is usually stored in our bodies and how we can get the most out of proper testing to determine if we’re deficient or becoming deficient there are some of the obvious ways we can tell that we’re becoming deficient you know we’re paying attention to things like muscle cramping we’re paying attention to our mood we’re paying attention to even simple things like getting stressed a little bit more easily all these things could potentially be saying you have a deficiency in magnesium but nothing that’s really like cold hard evidence like getting some testing done so in order for this video to make sense I have to explain where magnesium is generally stored within the body and how it’s usually excreted okay so we hold roughly fifty to sixty percent of the magnesium in our bones okay and then the remaining portion is mostly in the soft tissue then less than one percent is usually flowing around with a blood stream as what is called serum magnesium levels now a lot of times if we go and get a simple blood test done to test our magnesium levels a lot of times they’ll just look at that serum magnesium level so let me explain so it makes a little bit more sense and what you may want to look for when you get a magnesium test okay so if we’re testing the serum levels that’s the level that’s in the blood not the level that’s actually getting absorbed into the bone or into the soft tissue so this could potentially be a good test to show us if our levels are actually getting absorbed or not you see contrary to what people think if your magnesium serum levels are higher then perhaps you’re not absorbing it into the bone where you should but what you really want to look at is an alternative test that’s called RBC and that’s your red blood cell count of magnesium you see what’s actually looking at is its measuring magnesium that’s in the red blood cell versus magnesium that’s just in the blood because our red blood cells are in the bone marrow so that red blood cell count or RBC magnesium can actually show how much magnesium is getting absorbed so that mag RBC can show when you’re starting to become deficient and the reason that it does this is simple as our bodies start to become low on magnesium it’s going to pull them out of the bones in the soft tissue in the red blood cell first so if you start to see a decrease in your mag RBC then that’s indicative of your body starting to decline in magnesium levels so you can kind of catch the gist there so it’s really important to have a broad spectrum look at magnesium but additionally you really want to have your doctor conduct sort of a questionnaire can ask you some questions can ask you what kind of symptoms you might be having because there’s a lot of symptoms that add up in conjunction with magnesium deficiency and that’s something where it’s really important to go to a healthcare profession we’ll look at I’m just conveying the message to you about what you can look at when it comes to measuring how much magnesium is in your body so as always when it comes to regulating your minerals making sure you feel your best you want to keep magnesium on the forefront of your mind okay it’s sort of a neglected mineral the mineral that we need so much of and that no one is really talking about so be sure to keep it locked in here on my videos and you know as always the magnesium that I stand behind is jigsaw Health’s magnesium simply because they have that sustained-release patent but they also know what they’re doing when it comes to research and making sure that they’re putting magnesium on the forefront of their lives that we can all learn the best way to consume it I’ll see you in the next video
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Magnesium is an essential mineral that we must get from our diets.
Magnesium plays a role in:
● Nerve and muscle function
● Bone health
● Blood pressure
● Blood glucose levels
Roughly 75% of people in the US do not consume the RDA of magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency is caused by:
● Insufficient magnesium intake
● Increased loss of magnesium
○ Foods we consume can interfere with our magnesium absorption, such as alcohol, caffeine and soda.
○ Some drugs can also exacerbate this problem
○ Certain medical conditions can add to this as well, including diarrhea, diabetes and pancreatitis.
Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency include:
● Muscle cramps
● Poor memory
● Impaired cardiovascular health
Magnesium is stored throughout the body
● 50-60% in bone
● Soft tissue contains most of the remaining magnesium
● 1% found in blood serum
Magnesium balance is accomplished mostly by the kidneys – excess magnesium is excreted through urine.
Magnesium levels are generally measured from serum magnesium as it is not easy to measure the magnesium in bones and soft tissue.
● Serum magnesium levels have little correlation with magnesium levels elsewhere in the body
For this reason, 2 methods for testing magnesium levels in the case of possible deficiency include:
1. RBC magnesium levels – evaluates the amount of magnesium INSIDE of red blood cells (Traditional serum levels look at extracellular serum magnesium levels)
2. Magnesium deficiency questionnaire
RBC versus serum:
● Good for determining magnesium absorption
● Examines tissue assimilation of magnesium
RBC can provide an earlier indication than traditional serum test for magnesium deficiency
● Our bodies will take magnesium from the inside of the cell to keep the serum levels of magnesium up if there is a deficiency – at this early stage a RBC test will show low magnesium levels while a serum test will not
Using both RBC and a clinical questionnaire may be the best way to determine functional magnesium levels.
To improve magnesium status, scientists want to work on improving not only magnesium consumption, but absorption and assimilation.
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2. Magnesium RBC Blood Test