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Must Read: Why We’re ALL Deficient in Magnesium + The Many Signs

  • Published on: 15 December, 2014
  • Last update: 21 September, 2017

Signs of magnesium deficiency are everywhere in the United States, if you know what to look for. Unfortunately, the symptoms are so incredibly common that they constantly slip under the radar! Hardly anyone, especially doctors notice that the ailments we suffer from on a daily basis are actually magnesium deficiency symptoms… and we’re all paying for it. Just about every single person you come into contact with – especially those with a health problem, but even those with only minor complaints – are suffering in some way from this nationwide deficiency. Including you!

What exactly is magnesium?

Magnesium is life.

It is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, right next to sulfur (which is JUST as important).

Along with being a mineral, magnesium is also an electrolyte. “Sports drinks” (aka sugar-filled scams) claim to contain electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium because these important nutrients are sweat out during exercise, and their deficiency is what leads to the common problems athletes face such as muscle cramping! But believe me – electrolytes (especially magnesium) do so much more than treat and prevent muscle cramps.

First off, electrolytes are what allow us to be living, electrical beings. They are responsible for all electrical activity (and thus brain conductivity) in the body. Without electrolytes like magnesium, muscles can’t fire, your heart cannot beat, and your brain doesn’t receive any signals. We need magnesium to stay alive, point blank. As soon as we don’t have enough of it, we start to loose the energy and conductivity that keeps us going. Technically, as soon as we become deficient, we slowly begin to die, getting more aches and pains day by day, feeling worse year after year. I can’t stress it enough… signs of magnesium deficiency are everywhere, if you just look.

Magnesium is a cofactor in over three hundred reactions in the body, necessary for transmission of nerve impulses, temperature regulations, detoxification in the liver and formation of bones and teeth. However, magnesium shows its true power in cardiovascular health. The Weston A. Price foundation writes, “Magnesium alone can fulfill the role of many common cardiac medications: magnesium inhibits blood clots (like aspirin), thins the blood (like Coumadin), blocks calcium uptake (like calcium channel-blocking durgs such as Procardia) and relaxes blood vessels (like ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec) (Pelton, 2001).”

Nearly EVERYONE has signs of magnesium deficiency but we don’t realize it…

Symptoms include:

  • Constipation
  • Hypertension
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Lethargy
  • Impaired memory/thinking
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Chronic back pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Muscular pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Anger
  • Aggression
  • ADHD
  • Brain fog
  • Tension
  • Anxiety disorders such as OCD

Anything that makes you tense and tight could potentially be due to magnesium deficiency. If you can’t relax or you can’t stop — think magnesium! Full-blown health problems can even be tied back to this crucial mineral. Most people with ANY chronic disease or issue benefit greatly from magnesium supplementation therapy. This is because chronic illness = stress, and stress depletes magnesium. The following are conditions that are likely to have magnesium deficiency as a part of the puzzle:

“Similarly, patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neuro-vegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome.”
 – Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Amazingly, the article titled “About the Misdiagnosis of Magnesium Deficiency” (where I pulled the quote above) even mentions neuro-vegetative disorders as a possible result of magnesium deficiency. This would include comas. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences can immediately lead to complete depletion of magnesium stores; could this be a contributing factor to why we see comas after traumatic accidents/injuries? As I mentioned above, magnesium is an electrolyte responsible for brain signals and conductivity. Without magnesium, people in comas may not be able to come to and resume conductivity. Many people with diabetes also fall into diabetic comas. Diabetes is listed as another possible consequence of magnesium deficiency. Could this be a factor in diabetic comas as well? Something to think about and research further!

Do you crave chocolate? Why when people are stressed out, do they go for chocolate? Chocolate is one of the highest food sources of magnesium.

Magnesium is associated with so many disorders that Dr. Carolyn Dean of the Nutritional Magnesium Association has devoted an entire book to how she has treated thousands of patients for wide arrays of diseases with magnesium as the primary component. Her book, The Magnesium Miracle is a must read if you have any of the magnesium deficiency symptoms above, or any health problems in general – as there is likely a magnesium component to everything. Check out 50 Studies Suggest That Magnesium Deficiency Is Killing Us.

Why don’t doctors find magnesium deficiencies in tests?

Unfortunately, conventional medicine has not woken up to the amount of research that has been done on magnesium deficiency.

One of the reasons Western Medicine is so off base with magnesium is how they test it: with blood tests.

Blood tests do not yield ANY information about magnesium… why? Because the body controls the levels of blood magnesium very tightly. If the magnesium in the blood drops just a little bit, you’re going to have a heart attack. It’s that sample. So to prevent this, the body will rob all of the cells, tissues and the bones of magnesium in order to keep the blood constant. If you do a blood test for magnesium, the cells could be completely empty, and you’ll still have wonderful magnesium levels in the blood.

What’s worse is that magnesium is not even in your blood. 99% of the magnesium in the body is stored in the cells that get robbed, while only a mere 1% of your the body’s total magnesium is in the blood. These tests are a complete waste of time, and they’re not educating doctors to this reality.

“A serum test for magnesium is actually worse than ineffective, because a test result that is within normal limits lends a false sense of security about the status of the mineral in the body. It also explains why doctors don’t recognize magnesium deficiency; they assume serum magnesium levels are an accurate measure of all the magnesium in the body.” – Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Magnesium Miracle.

Why are we so deficient?

Here’s the short(ish) version: Number one, we’re being poisoned by our food. Number two, we’re increasingly stressed out. We’re running our engines on high to keep up with life and it’s draining us. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences lead to depletion of magnesium stores. Number three, we’re eating more sugar than ever. For every molecule of sugar our bodies use 54 molecules of magnesium to process it. Fourth, low levels in the soil and modern farming techniques deplete stores of magnesium. And lastly, magnesium is depleted by many pharmaceutical drugs and estrogen compounds such as oral contraceptives, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone and blood pressure medications (“Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook,” Pelton, 2001). Diuretics in coffee and tea (caffeine) also raise excretion levels. Oh and by the way – flouride competes for absorption with magnesium!

Nowadays, nearly everyone is magnesium deficient – no test needed. Refined/processed foods are stripped of their mineral, vitamin and fiber content. These are anti-nutrient foods because they actually steal magnesium in order to be metabolized. When consumed, they demand that we supplement with magnesium or we are destined to break down eventually due to severe deficiency. Like I said, sugar is the worst offender. Every single molecule of sugar you consume drags over 50 times the amount of magnesium out of your body.

Well, what if you eat a healthy diet? Processed products are not the only foods that are devoid of magnesium. In general, magnesium has been depleted from topsoil, diminishing dietary intake across the board while our need for magnesium has increased do to the high levels of toxic exposure we come across in our daily lives (air, water, plastics, chemicals, the list goes on!). The soil is depleted of magnesium because of the pesticides that are sprayed on all conventionally grown plants and worldwide pollution that effects even the cleanest fields. Pesticides also kill those beneficial bacteria/fungi that are necessary in order for plants to convert soil nutrients into plant nutrients that can be used by humans.

Are you a cannabis user?

Cannabis has so many positive effects in terms of treating diseases such as epilepsy, cancer, and more (read 1, 2, 3 and Trust me, I’ll be the first to tell you I’m all for it – it’s a safe and effective herb with countless therapeutic benefits that the government has been hiding for years. The only way they want you using it is if they’ve patented one of its’ chemical compounds and can sell it to you for a profit.

However, we should also look at what happens to our body on a cellular level if we use cannabis on a daily basis. Would you take parasite cleansing herbs every day for the rest of your life, or even every few days? Probably not. You’d take them when you’re sick or during a monthly cleanse, or else you’d develop some side effects from overuse. We need to remember that cannabis is a powerful herbal medicine and should be treated in such a way.

It turns out that u
sing marijuana tends to deplete the body’s stores of magnesium, with the result that the person feels more on-edge after coming down from the high.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t safe in moderation. It means that over time, if used consistently without proper balance via magnesium replenishment, it can and will cause magnesium deficiency.

Why do magnesium deficiency symptoms sound like so many other diseases?

All dis-ease begins when the body is exposed to stress, toxins, and is deficient in life-supporting compounds such as vitamins and minerals. I
t all starts with increasing levels of toxemia. Toxemia simply means internal pollution… and it is the main cause of all disease and degeneration. Internal pollution comes from toxins, such as: aspartame, chlorine, MSG, pesticides, mercury, carcinogens, fluoride, air pollution, water pollution, heavy metals, plastic, parabens, etc.

Internal pollution can be exacerbated if you are nutritionally deficient, not getting enough water, stressed, or making poor dietary choices.

As soon as you’re nutritionally deficient, your immune system becomes depressed and unable to do its job. 

So as soon as you’re deficient in magnesium, immunodepression begins.

Immunodepression allows parasites, candida, and pathogens to take over. It lowers organ functioning (especially the liver and kidneys) allowing toxins to build up and deplete whatever other nutrients you had left. The cells continue to get less and less oxygen due to the organs not functioning properly, and the blood (carrier of oxygen) becomes polluted with waste, microbes, yeast, and more. This also leads Western doctors to prescribe medications instead of instructing you on how to eliminate toxins and cleanse your body / become healthy. These medications tax the body further.

Healing any and all disease:

Get the gunk and stones out of your organs. Get the parasites (link 1, 2) out of your body. Open up your liver detoxification pathways with glutathione, sulfur, magnesium, and Vitamin C. Stop putting the bad food and medications in. Start eating the right foods and supplement with the array of nutrients you’re guaranteed to be lacking (especially, duh, magnesium!)

The best ways to get magnesium

1. Eat magnesium rich foods grown on organic soil.

2. UPDATE: Take ionic magnesium drops. This is my new favorite method, which I’ve learned from The Magnesium Miracle.

3. Apply magnesium oil to your skin! This is the second best way to raise your levels.

4. Soak in epsom salt baths. This will provide not only magnesium, but sulfur for your liver as well.

5. Take Magnesium CALM orally. I take this before bed if I don’t have a chance to soak in epsom salt. Do not use this option if you have low stomach acid.

Additional References (not linked in the article)

Oxford Journals – Magnesium Basics:

Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD:

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You advise not to use Magnesium Calm if you have low stomach acid. Can you please tell us what to use?



Use methods 2, 3, and 4 of magnesium delivery instead of #5.

Michelle Burk

Hi Olivia~ you say not to use magnesium Calms if you have low stomach acid. What should we use then?


Timely article! For over 2 months 24/7 I was suffering from a “muscle twitch” in my inner ear (called tensor tympani and stapedius muscle spasms). It was driving me crazy, being very loud and strong at times. I looked up naturopathic methods after reading on several sites that surgery (actually cutting the ear muscle to stop the twitching…) was the recommended cure. One of the recommended naturopathic methods was taking a magnesium supplement. This did the trick! I occasionally still experience the inner ear muscle twitch, mostly during moments of stress, but for the most part it has been resolved by the magnesium supplement.



I’m so glad the magnesium is helping. Stress depletes both magnesium and zinc (and B6 too actually) so look into zinc and a good methylated b-complex! xx


Dudette….thank you. One more thing to add to the list, of things to incorporate into my lifestyle. When I complete my very first parasite cleanse (I’m 38), want to do a kidney cleanse, and then a liver flush. Then another parasite cleanse. Ah well.



Thank YOU so much! Happy cleansing!! Check out watermelon seed tea for a kidney cleanse as per Edgar Cayce’s recommendation.


Great article! Will look for you on instagram


I have low stomach acid, could i still use ionic magnesium drops ?


Hi Olivia, This was a great post and I’m so happy I stumbled across it. I was originally reading your 429 post (which was amazing and made me realize a number I have been seeing repeatedly for years but never thought anything of) and it led me here. I studied holistic nutrition and am still frustrated a lot of the time because I still suffer from digestion issues and acne. I think magnesium would definitely make a big difference. I have never left a comment on a blog before but I just wanted tell you that I think you are an incredibly inspiring human being and every time I look at your website I always feel energized, hopeful and excited for the possibilities ahead. Keep doing what your doin 🙂


Hi Olivia, do you take the liquid drops AND Magnesium Calm on a daily basis? They are relatively expensive so I was wondering if taking both would be necessary or recommended. I do have anxiety so taking both would probably benefit me though. I take other supplements too and they add up pretty quickly 🙁



It totally depends on what works for you. Try the magnesium calm first and see how you feel. If you’re calmer and sleep better, it’s working! But if you still have symptoms go for the liquid drops. Everyone is different. Lots of love!


I just saw your instagram post on Magnesium deficiency and it reminded me of my fiance’s old neighbor, Dr. Carolyn Dean who made a big impression on his family about the use of magnesium. And then I saw she was a source for your article. Small world! Anyway, just a quick question: is taking Magnesium supplements (i.e. the oil or the drops) okay if you are pregnant? Thanks!



Hey again 🙂 Magnesium should generally be safe for pregnancy since it is a naturally occurring mineral present in foods such as chocolate, pumpkin seeds, etc (but always check with your doctor). The oil may be a great choice since it’s absorbed topically right into the cells.


Are there any supplements you recommend? Any certain kind of supplement? How many mg would you say is an adequate amount for a supplement?



Hi Kasha, the answer to your question is at the end of my article where I mention the top 5 sources including supplements.

Maria Parra

How about taking Magnesium Chloride?

Maria Parra

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How many mg of magnesium should we have a day?

Gabriela Black

I suffer for about 5 with Rheumatoid, Fibro and Osteo very badly. looks like I need more magnesium. I use Tumeric now, should I add magnesium to it as well?


Hi! I am just wondering what is the best Magnesium supplement you recommend to get? And also, what’s the difference between a magnesium supplement and msg supplement?

Allison Essex

You posted this all week on instagram and I just happened to be researching water bottles lol funny thing. Do you recommend any specific drinking waters? And what is the best area to apply the magnesium oil?

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