Frequent muscle cramps may be a sign that you’re low in magnesium.
‘It plays a role in over 300 metabolic processes, triggering a lot of important enzyme processes within the body,’ says Suzie. ‘It’s vital for proper nerve and muscle function, and helps regulate calcium absorption. Low magnesium can lead to painful cramps and spasms, including period pains.’ Other symptoms may include insomnia, chronic fatigue, lack of energy, irritability and low mood.
Eat plenty of magnesium-rich leafy greens, oily fish, nuts and seeds. Avoid processed foods, and cut back on tea and coffee, as these deplete magnesium. Certain medications (such as antibiotics, insulin and the Pill) also deplete magnesium.