Nearly 85% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Eating the occasional banana will not solve this problem either. In fact you would have to eat more than nine bananas just to reach the recommended daily intake. Green leafy vegetables are some of the best sources of magnesium, but even those are lacking nowadays due to depleted soil from current farming methods. Magnesium is vital for protein synthesis, nerve function, blood sugar control, and energy production. Deficiencies can result in muscle cramping, difficult fat loss, lactic acid buildup, excessive anxiety, constipation, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and more. The following habits may cause the body to excrete magnesium and cause deficiency: ingesting too much sugar, drinking lots of coffee, and drinking lots of carbonated drinks. Strenuous exercise will also cause the body to excrete magnesium.
I supplement with a 400mg capsule of liquid magnesium each night before bed. It has some “side effects,” but they’re not the type of side effects you’re used to hearing about. Minutes after ingesting the capsule, I begin to feel my muscles relax and I’m ready for sleep. This is because magnesium decreases cortisol, the stress hormone that can cause insomnia. It feels like some sort of very mild sleeping pill without any groggy effects in the morning. The other added benefit is something I notice in the morning. Ingesting the recommended amount of daily magnesium promotes healthy regular bowel movements. It has a laxative effect because it draws water to the stools, which makes them softer and easier to pass.