Magnesium, an invisible deficiency that could be harming your health

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  • Often called the "invisible deficiency," a magnesium deficiency can be easy to miss.
  • If you are feeling tired or notice weird muscle cramps it could be a problem with magnesium
  • You may want to change your diet to get more into your system

(Life by DailyBurn)Feeling exhausted? Or noticing weird muscle cramps that are throwing off your workouts? You might be suffering from a magnesium deficiency.

Dubbed the "invisible deficiency" by some experts because it's so hard to spot and diagnose, magnesium deficiencies are more dangerous than you might think. "Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It affects everything from your heartbeat to your muscles to your hormones," says Dr. Danine Fruge, Associate Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida.
    Between making sure to get enough fiber in your diet and trying not skimp on iron, monitoring your magnesium intake can easily fall through the cracks. "Studies have shown that only about 25% of U.S. adults are at or above the recommended daily amount of 310 to 320 milligrams for women and 400 to 420 for men," says Fruge.
    In fact, the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) revealed that at least half of the U.S. population had inadequate intakes of magnesium.
    Here's how to figure out whether or not you're getting enough of this super nutrient — and how to fix it if you're deficient.
    What you need to know about magnesium deficiency
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