What is the cause of the low mangesium epidemic? 13 Nov 2020
Having identified that researchers believe there is an epedemic of low magnesium causes by our diets and lifestyles. So what is it we are doing that is the cause of the low magnesium epedmic.
1. Sweet foods
Refined sugar found in pastries, cakes, desserts, sweets etc contains no magnesium and causes the body to excrete magnesium.
2. Physical and emotional stress
Physcial stress e.g. surgery and emotional stress e.g. moving house, grief can cause a magnesium deficiency. In studies, adrenaline and cortisol by products of the "fight or flight" stress reaction assoicated with stress and anxeity were associated with decreated magnesium. This is because stressful situations require more magnesium use by the body which can lead to a deficiency. A lack of magnesium tends to magnify the stress reaction, worsening the problem.
The effects of certain drugs
Birth control pills
Estrogen replacement therapy
have been shown to reduce mangesium levles in the body be increasing the loss through excretion by the kidneys.
Dean C. The Magnesium Miracle. New York: Ballantine Books; 2007.