This evening I was lazily browsing Facebook. Halfway down my home page I noticed a link to an article about how everyone is deficient in magnesium. The person who posted it has a reputation for being on the medical fringe, but I since I didn't want to get up off the couch I clicked the link to see what I could learn.
According to the article, pretty much any illness or symptom could be a sign of magnesium deficiency, and not even trained doctors can notice it. Why is it such a problem? We're poisoned by our food. We're stressed out. We're eating too much sugar. All pretty dramatic stuff.
I was pretty sure most of the facts in the article were a little overblown (especially when it segued into an advertisement for the author's patented supplement which was guaranteed to restore health) and decided to find some more information on the subject. The National Institutes of Health had a much more balanced view of the issue. It said that most people could stand to have more magnesium in their diet, but a deficiency due to low dietary intake in otherwise-healthy people is not common.
I eat a pretty good diet. The only supplement I take (on the advice of my OB) is a combination calcium and Vitamin D tablet. Just to be on the safe side, though, I decided to take a nice hot bath and throw some Epsom salts, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, in the water. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
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