Why do I have involuntary muscle twitches in my left arm?

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Whether you're suffering an annoying twitch or a painful spasm, involuntary and persistent movement of a muscle is almost always tied to a magnesium deficiency, says medical doctor Carolyn Dean.

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Cause of Twitches

Dr. Dean, a well-respected authority on the mineral, relates in her book "The Magnesium Miracle" that the nervous system is easily excited and fires off small muscle groups in an attempt to release tension. The only way to eliminate twitches and spasms is by relaxing the nervous system with a sufficient amount of magnesium.

Widespread Deficiency

According to Mike Adams of the Natural News website, nearly everyone requires more magnesium. Many of the nation's crops are grown in soil that has been overused and depleted of its mineral content. Adding insult to injury, crops such as wheat and beans, which were once abundant with magnesium, have been further stripped of minerals through the refining process to increase shelf life.

Magnesium Dosage and Forms

One solution is to eat as much organically grown food as possible. Other individuals choose to add a magnesium supplement to their dietary regimen. For optimal health, Dr. Dean advises consuming twice as much magnesium as the recommended daily allowance of 400 mg, and she prefers magnesium taurate or citrate for best absorption. She also suggests using a topical spray of magnesium oil on the affected area of the body. Magnesium chloride can easily penetrate the skin but won't cause the typical magnesium side effect of diarrhoea if used to excess.

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