Some things are important to have. Like adequate amounts of magnesium.

While scurvy from a vitamin C deficiency may not be as prevalent today as it was 400 years ago, there are still millions of people suffering from the same vitamin and mineral deficiencies as their malnourished 16th century relatives.

This rings particularly true when it comes to magnesium, one of the six essential minerals needed for optimal health. Magnesium plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy heart and blood vessels. It also helps support proper insulin levels, produce new cells and proteins, increase energy levels, and facilitate enzyme activity in the body—in addition to about 300 other super important functions.

However, according to research published in the Journal Of The American College Of Nutrition, less than 30 percent of American adults consume the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium. So even though you may not think, “Hey! I bet I’m magnesium deficient!” on a regular basis, there’s a good chance that you are, especially if you exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

--> Frequent bouts of anxiety

--> Difficulty losing weight and/or stubborn weight gain around the middle

--> Times of hyperactivity or unusually low energy levels

--> Difficulty getting to sleep and/or difficulty staying asleep

--> Painful muscle cramping and spasms

--> Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

--> Fibromyalgia

--> Facial tics, eye twitches, or involuntary eye movements

--> Unregulated insulin levels

--> Certain types of heart disease

Magnesium must be supplied through one’s diet, and if you take into consideration that most Americans eat a diet consisting mainly of pre-packaged convenience foods, sodas, and Friday night takeout (mmmmm, Kung Pao Chicken with fried rice and egg rolls. So, so good), it’s not surprising that less than 30 percent of American adults meet the RDA for magnesium.

Even if you’re a bit more health conscious than the average American, it’s possible the fruits and vegetables you eat are mass produced from farms that grow their plants in depleted soil. This practice makes it nearly impossible for plants to receive the minerals needed to make them nutritious to eat (but it’s more cost-effective for the farmers and it gets the produce to the grocery store faster.)

If you think you may have a magnesium deficiency, your healthcare practitioner can run a simple lab test to check your blood magnesium levels. If your levels are in fact low, don’t panic. You can bring them back up by adding a high-quality magnesium supplement to your daily routine.

I take Straight Medical's™ (a company of Smart for Life) Potassium and Magnesium Dietary Supplement every day because it's scientifically formulated to replenish my depleted magnesium levels, and because I don't want to be tired and sweaty all summer long.