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How to recognise signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Feeling tired, sluggish or low on energy?

Experiencing headaches, restlessness or muscle cramps? you might be deficient in Magnesium.

Or maybe you've had a stressful time of late, which may have resulted in eating more sugary 'comfort' foods, increased alcohol or less time for exercise. Because, even if your levels of magnesium are sufficient, please bear in mind that they need to be maintained sufficiently and daily life can rapidly use up magnesium which needs replenishing on a daily basis.

Any of the above could be signs that your Magnesium levels are depleted. For a more complete list, read on and see if any sound familiar. 

PLEASE NOTE: These symptoms can also be linked to many other conditions too, some of which could be serious, and therefore it should not be assumed that they are due to Magnesium deficiency. And, if you have any of these symptoms please contact a healthcare professional for further advice.

Mental / Emotional signs of Magnesium deficiency

  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • PMS

Physical signs of Magnesium deficiency

  • Heart Arrhythmia / Palpitations
  • Cold extremities
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual pain and cramps
  • Muscle cramps, weakness or spasms
  • Restless legs
  • Shortness of breath / Wheezing

Lifestyle behaviours which can increase risk of Magnesium Deficiency

  • Excessive Alcohol consumption.
  • Excessive Caffeine intake (e.g. coffee, tea, chocolate)
  • Diet high in sugar
  • Diet low in green leafy veg, seeds, vegetables and fruit
  • Smoking
  • Stress

To read how to boost your Magnesium levels with Salt Bathing click HERE

To read how to boost your Magnesium levels through diet click HERE


As with all information provided by Westlab Ltd, this information is provided in good faith and from reputable sources. However, this does not replace the need to consult healthcare professional where appropriate as each individual will have different medical conditions or health issues. Always take your own health seriously and see advice when needed.

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