There is a lot of information being passed around today about magnesium deficiency and I agree, MOST people are deficient and need to add this vital mineral to their diet. But can you get too much of a good thing?
The answer is yes.
I started adding it to my water and I could really tell it was helping me handle stress. It was fantastic! Then after a few weeks I started feeling foggy-headed, dizzy, and weak. I could tell my blood pressure was low because I dealt with dizzy spells in the past that were actually sudden drops in my blood pressure. This kind of dizziness is different than low blood sugar or that feeling you have when you get off the Tilt-a-Whirl. The best way I can describe it, is that it feels like the blood is being drained from my legs and arms. It's weird and creepy. I don't like that feeling and I had found relief, in the past, with mineral supplementation, using Celtic Sea salt. But the feeling returned a few weeks ago and I though about the magnesium I had been taking. Magnesium will lower your blood pressure and that is good for a lot of people, but my blood pressure is normally nice and low already.
Here are a list of symptoms of overdosing on magnesium, from WebMD:
- Low Blood Pressure
- Muscle Weakness
Overdosing on magnesium can be fatal because it can lower your blood pressure so much. So, please learn from me and watch your magnesium intake. You should always be taking it with calcium. Talk to a healthcare professional to see what dosage would be right for you.
I stopped supplementing with magnesium all together, but the symptoms didn't go away immediately. I felt so weird for a couple days I thought that taking some extra salt may help, since sodium will raise blood pressure. It seemed to help a bit. But it was when I added some apple cider vinegar to my water that the symptoms left. It felt good to feel better.
I left the magnesium alone for at least a couple weeks, but have used it a little bit here and there. I'm being more careful than I was before. But I will say that when I get that feeling of being overwhelmed, feeling anxious and stressed, magnesium really does help calm me down.Photo credit: nathanmac87 via photopin cc