Depression & Insomnia: Magnesium is Key

Do you have chronic Depression & Sleep Deprivation? Does your nightstand look like a pharmacy?

Numerous people call me for help with Insomnia and Depression…

Regardless of age, race and socioeconomic status, people are having a hard time sleeping, which often results in Depression that pharmaceuticals may cover up for a minute, but it is not an underlying cure!

cold and flu

Besides their medicine cabinets, many of these people have another thing in common, they suffer from Depression & Sleep Deprivation, which could actually be an undiagnosed Magnesium Deficiency and Gastrointestinal Issue!

Yes, your “Anti-depressants” and “Sleep Aides” may be covering up an undiagnosed Magnesium Deficiency and G.I. Issues!

Most traditional doctors do not really test for Magnesium levels, nor do they know about the strong links between gut health, emotional balance and Magnesium Deficiency.

Important Magnesium Facts:

1) Assessing magnesium status is difficult because most magnesium is inside cells or in bones. There is not one single way of diagnosing magnesium levels, so it is important to pay attention to other symptoms!

2) Many doctors forget to tell their patients that Magnesium and Calcium actually compete with one another and should be taken separately, several hours apart (if at all)- definitely not together!

3) It can be EXTREMELY dangerous for people over the age of 40 to be taking Calcium- especially if Heart Disease or Heart Attacks run in your family.

Yes, there are many studies that reveal Magnesium can help prevent a heart attack, where Calcium can actually support one!

Ragazza che legge un libro

Foot Massage

Yes, there are many wonderful and relaxing songs, books and oils that can help us fall asleep, but some people need Natural Magnesium supplements to help stay asleep!

Possible Causes of Magnesium Deficiency:

1) Are you a Celiac or H-Pylori patient?

2) Do you have malabsorption issues?

3) Do you drink alcohol regularly?

4) Do you eat foods high in sugar or caffeine?

5) Do you have Chronic Constipation?

6) Do you have poor gut health?

If you have insomnia and answered yes to any of these questions, consider Magnesium Deficiency.

Although Magnesium is absolutely critical for survival, depleted minerals in our soil and the Standard American Diet, typically does not provide adequate levels of Magnesium.

Incredibly, numerous studies show that if adequate levels of Magnesium exist, it is very difficult for disease to exist.

Yes, Magnesium helps every organ in your body, especially your brain and heart!

What are your family epigenetics?

Unless you have a severe genetic Calcium disorder or have taken radiation, then your Calcium risks need to be assessed before taking Calcium on a daily basis.

Again, many traditional doctors are unaware of potential Heart Risks associated with taking Calcium supplements.

By consuming foods high in Magnesium, combined with topical magnesium oil and oral magnesium, you may help restore your Emotional Balance & Sleep and any underlying Magnesium deficiency!

Due to depleted minerals in our soil mentioned above, Magnesium rich foods alone are typically not sufficient in raising Magnesium levels, however, every bit of Magnesium in our food does actually help.

Some Magnesium rich foods include Cashews, Almonds and Broiled Spinach.


Again, if you have symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency, then magnesium foods may not be enough and you may need to visit us at Coastal Bend Integrative Health or your own local Holistic Health Practitioner about Magnesium supplementation, along with Vitamin D and B6.
Linus Pauling Institute supports the latest RDA for magnesium intake (400-420 mg/day for men and 310-320 mg/day for women).

Some other symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

– Insomnia, Restless leg syndrome

– Headaches, Irritability, Seizures

– Diabetes, Poor Nail Growth, Low Blood Pressure

– Anxiety, Confusion, Abnormal Heart Rhythms

– Joint pain, Inflammation, Muscle aches

– Depression, Anxiety & Mood Swings

Woman sleeping on grass

If you have tried everything and nothing is working, consider visiting us at Coastal Bend Integrative Health or your own Functional Medicine Doctor or your own Holistic Health Practitioner, Functional Nutritionist, or Functional Nurse about your Magnesium Levels.

The most Bioavailable and effective way of taking Magnesium that will survive stomach acid is Topical Magnesium Oil PLUS Magnesium capsules.

There are many brands of Magnesium Oil, but this is my favorite you can find on Amazon.

Please take note that Magnesium Supplements are not created equal. I only support prescription strength Magnesium from clean sources that are gluten free, soy free, dairy free and calcium free, please make sure you read the label very carefully, especially if you purchased it at a regular store.

Here are some types of Magnesium that may be used, depending on your particular symptoms!

In the mean time, here is a Cashew Cheese Recipe that will add a little Magnesium to your diet!

Please click this Cashew Cheese Link for the recipe! Go get some Yummy Yummy sleep! Stay healthy & happy ~Dr. Dee

Heap of cashew nuts isolated on white background

***The information and food listed on this site is not to be used to treat any illness, diseases or conditions. These recipes, remedies and reflections are here to raise awareness of healthy food options and natural remedies and why I chose them.

It is important to take caution in giving ASD children/adults Cashews. Cashews are high in Copper which is great for some people but contraindicated for many people on the Autism Spectrum.
Please follow your own Functional Doctor’s advice and/or the RDA for the proper Magnesium dosage for yourself.

Magnesium can possibly loosen stools so it is important that you take the right dosage that works for your own particular bowels.

Topical magnesium can itch and really tingle your skin the first week of using it, this is normal and will completely subside.

If you would like to discuss Insomnia, Depression or other symptoms, contact us at Coastal Bend Integrative Health.
Stay healthy and happy and go get some yummy sleep ~

Dr. Desiree Purcell
(361) 239-3011

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.