Has your dentist informed you that you grind your teeth? Does your jaw ache when you wake up each morning? Many people suffer from this problem (officially know as bruxism), and they don't know why.
Dental devices don't solve the issue. They only deal with the symptom. A mouth guard will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, but the underlying problem will still exist.
So what's causing this? The answer is surprisingly simple: magnesium deficiency.
Don't feel bad. A large percentage of the population is deficient in magnesium. We get this mineral from green, leafy vegetables, and most of us don't eat enough of those to offset our bodies' daily needs. We soon become deficient and the deficit continues to grow until symptoms develop. By the time teeth grinding occurs, the magnesium deficiency has reached the severe range.
Correcting the problem is easy. Increase your intake of magnesium-rich foods, or take a daily supplement of magnesium. I opt for the latter to ensure that I am getting the proper amount each day.
Pay attention, though, to the type of magnesium supplement you buy. They are not all created equal. Magnesium citrate and magnesium malate are best absorbed by the body. Magnesium oxide is LEAST absorbed by the body.
As you shop the dietary supplement aisle, you will discover that magnesium oxide is most prevalent and least expensive. Unfortunately, taking magnesium oxide is a waste of time and money. Most of the supplement will be expelled by the body. In other words, you might as well throw it in the toilet and skip the middle man!
Spend the extra money and get the good stuff. Magnesium malate and magnesium citrate absorb readily, and produce speedy results. That means a quick end to teeth grinding!
How much magnesium do you need each day? That depends on how low your levels have sunk. The best approach is to aim high in the beginning. An empty bucket won't refill very quickly if you use an eye dropper.
Start with 1,200 mg of magnesium citrate or magnesium malate each day. If your tooth grinding doesn't come to a grinding halt within a week, increase your daily dosage to 1,500 mg.
Once the tooth grinding subsides, settle into a daily regimen of 1,000 mg per day. Meanwhile, be prepared for better mental clarity and improved focus.
Magnesium is crucial to proper brain function. You may also experience less stress and a more relaxed overall feeling. This is due to magnesium's smoothing effect on muscle tissue. Leg cramps, muscle spasms, and facial tics will all diminish as your magnesium levels rise.
So what are you waiting for? You now have the power to deal with the daily grind. Simply magnify your magnesium!