All posts tagged: restless leg syndrome

Bites #2: The most common deficiency is…

What is the most common nutritional deficiency in the US Population?  Many would say Vitamin D and they’d be right….  almost.  But, the answer is MAGNESIUM. For a variety of reasons, we lack a diet rich in magnesium.  We take other minerals, meds or substances that compete or block its absorption (think Calcium, insulin, soda, alcohol and diuretics).  Do you have restless legs or know someone who has?  It is most likely a magnesium deficiency.  They estimate that 1/6 of all headaches in the US may be a simple magnesium deficiency.  Because magnesium is necessary for so many reactions in the body that use and supply energy, low blood levels of the mineral are implicated in metabolic dysfunctions like diabetes. Magnesium is a powerful relaxant.  We give it to critically ill patients, mothers in pre-term labor, and often it’s the stuff you take to “clean you out” before a colonoscopy.  So, if our diet isn’t rich in it, what to do?  Especially if you’re already taking calcium, you absolutely should be supplementing your diet with …