Estrogen Dominance Creates a Magnesium Deficiency

Cold Hands and Cold Feet Magnesium Deficiency

Environmental Estrogens cause Estrogen Dominance. Estrogen Dominance causes a Magnesium Deficiency. Bioidentical progesterone can reverse Estrogen Dominance. Taking progesterone cream along with avoiding xenoestrogens reverses Estrogen Dominance. When Estrogen Dominance is reversed Magnesium Deficiency goes away.

Chocolate Craving

If the patient is NOT taking multi minerals or magnesium, the easiest way to diagnose a magnesium deficiency is to ask the patient whether or not she has a chocolate craving just before her period. Chocolate is very high in magnesium. So if you are magnesium deficient you will have a chocolate craving just before your period. One way to know whether or not you have eliminated xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens is ask yourself whether or not the chocolate craving is gone. Usually, it takes about 1-3 months for xenoestrogens to wash out of the body. If after eliminating environmental estrogens from your environment, you still have a chocolate craving three months later, then this means that you are missing something. There is still something in your environment that you are using that is a xenoestrogen and phytoestrogen.

If you have a magnesium deficiency, then you can take magnesium. I like to take magnesium glycinate 400-600 mg/day. If you take too much magnesium, then you will have diarrhea or loose stools. However, the cause of the Magnesium Deficiency is Estrogen Dominance. And you can take bioidentical hormone progesterone to balance out the Estrogen Dominance.

Muscles Tense Up

Any time there is a magnesium deficiency muscles tense up. Muscles need sufficient magnesium to relax.

The muscular wall around the artery tenses up as well. This causes the artery to constrict and become smaller. If it is smaller, then not as much blood can flow to the area. This commonly causes cold hands and cold feet. These cold limbs are in addition to the Estrogen Dominant effect on desensitizing the thyroid response to the body. Sometimes these women are diagnosed as Reynaud's Syndrome. Reynaud's Syndrome is where you put your hands in cold tap water and the arteries contract so much that the hand becomes painful.

The smooth muscle around the intestine also contracts. This causes the intestine to not work as well creating constipation. So constipation can be a result of a low magnesium as well.

The muscles of the uterus contract also. A magnesium deficiency caused by Estrogen Dominance causes the uterus to contract. This is the cause of menstrual cramping.

Leg cramping and muscle cramping ("Charlie Horse") is very common as well in women with magnesium deficiency. Again the muscle cramping will go away with the correction of the magnesium deficiency. Involuntary muscle twitches can also signal a magnesium deficiency. Does your insomnia vary with the menstrual cycle?

You can also get heart palpitations or abnormal rhythms of the heart from low magnesium, in addition to the thyroid effects, and vitamin B deficiency of Estrogen Dominance. There is also a second reason for heart palpitations. When you take progesterone cream this can lower insulin resistance and cause the sugar levels to transiently drop. This may also cause heart palpitations transiently. Simply, eat some carbohydrates and the heart palpitations will go away.


When there is a magnesium deficiency, you can also get calcifications. Calcifications are simply deposits of calcium. They typically appear in strange places like on the heart valve, or microcalcifications in the breast. The microcalcifications in the breast are typically seen in a mammogram. When a radiologist sees a microcalification in the breast, it may or may not be associated with breast cancer. As a physician, the next step is to biopsy the area of microcalcification to find out if it is indeed breast cancer. In my opinion, it is not the breast cancer that is causing the microcalcification. What is causing breast cancer is the Environmental Estrogens. The environmental estrogens are also causing the Estrogen Dominance. The Estrogen Dominance is causing the magnesium deficiency. And the magnesium deficiency is causing the calcium to deposit in microcalcifications in the breast.

You can also get calcifications in the arteries leading to heart disease from a magnesium deficiency. So it is possible that Estrogen Dominance causing a magnesium deficiency leads to a heart attack.

You can also get a bone spur from a magnesium deficiency. Taking magnesium supplements, progesterone cream, and avoiding xenoestrogens can get rid of your bone spur.

Muscle weakness and fatigue is also a symptom of Estrogen Dominance and a direct result of a magnesium deficiency.

A magnesium deficiency can also lead to insomnia.

Chelated Magnesium

I usually recommend 400-600 mg /day of Magnesium Glycinate, cutting out xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens, and taking bioidentical hormone progesterone cream. If the patient is diligent about cutting out environmental estrogens, then in about 1-3 months the magnesium deficiency goes away and all the problems go away. No more cold hands and feet. No more "Charlie Horse". No more calcifications. No more muscle fatigue and weakness. No more heart palpitations. No more microcalcifications in the breast.

If the patient is stubborn and does not want to cut out environmental estrogens then none of these changes happen. Progesterone cream can balance out a mild estrogen load. But if the patient has a large estrogen load, then the progesterone cannot help.

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