The Effects of too Little Calcium and Magnesium
Your body needs hundreds of milligrams of calcium and magnesium every day. It relies on these two essential minerals for proper bone and muscle function. You may experience several symptoms if you don’t have enough CalMag in your body.
Our kidneys try to conserve magnesium by not flushing it out when we urinate. That’s why magnesium deficiency is quite rare in healthy people. Alcoholism, health conditions, and some medications can cause excessive loss of magnesium leading to magnesium deficiency. When this happens, the following symptoms may be observed:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle cramps
- Increased heart rate
If you are an adult, you need 1,000 mg of calcium daily. When your body doesn’t have enough calcium, you won’t immediately notice it because it will take its needed calcium from your bones. However, over the long run, not enough calcium intake can result in low bone mass known as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Seriously low levels of calcium can result in numbness, tingling in the fingers, convulsions, and abnormal heart rate.
Calcium and Magnesium: Not Just For Building Bones
The proper balance of calcium, vitamin D and magnesium is essential for building bones. But they do more than just build bones. Every time a nerve cell fires, calcium enters the cell. The amount of calcium that enters the cell is controlled by magnesium.
If you’re not getting enough of these minerals, supplementation can be a good idea.