Did you know that every cell in our body needs magnesium to function? Without it, we could not produce energy and our muscles would be in a permanent state of contraction. It is essential for strong bones, good teeth, balanced hormones, maintaining normal blood pressure, regulating cholesterol production and healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems. This incredible mineral also helps you to relax and sleep well at night while easing migraines, chronic pain, cramps and even kidney stones. With so many benefits it’s essential for good health. So how does it work and are you getting enough?
How it works
The main role of magnesium is to regulate the enzymes in our body so that they function properly; enzymes make all of the chemical reactions in our cells possible. The part it plays in maintaining overall health is as vital as that of hormones, except our body can produce hormones, it can’t produce magnesium. We all know that calcium is essential for strong bones, but magnesium is essential for its absorption and metabolism; without adequate supplies calcium would take a wrong turn into our body tissue and joints resulting in migraines, muscle cramps and even heart problems. If that’s not enough, it also converts Vitamin D into its active form. So now you know how vital it is, are you giving your body sufficient supplies? The chances are that you’re probably not.
Here are some common magnesium deficiency symptoms:
- Insomnia or inability to sleep
- Muscle soreness or restlessness
- Fatigue or unusual tiredness
- Lack of appetite
- Pain, especially back pain
- Difficulty concentrating and bad short-term memory
- Constipation and carbohydrate cravings
- A diet high in excess caffeine, sugar, alcohol and foods high in phytic acid (e.g. bran), as this depletes magnesium levels in the body
If you’re suffering from a number of the symptoms above, book in for a kinesiology consultation with me and we can work together to get your body back on track.
Kath’s tips for getting more magnesium into your body
- Epsom salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate when added to water. Taking regular Epsom salt baths will allow the magnesium to absorb into your skin enabling your body to benefit from its amazing qualities. An evening bath is very effective in helping you to sleep at night.
- To maintain a healthy supply eat foods rich in magnesium such as leafy green vegetables, kelp and nuts.
- If you are deficient you’ll need to take a magnesium supplement. There are many varieties which will suit certain body types and lifestyles. If you’d like to find out the best magnesium supplement for you, book into my clinic for a Find my supplement session.
- It’s also important to know that if you suffer from digestive issues, supplementing magnesium topically or through the skin might be more suitable for you.
- If you are severely deficient, magnesium needs to be introduced slowly, perhaps only taking 2-4 drops a day to allow your body to adjust. Please get in touch if you’re concerned.
- As the nights draw in it’s really important to take a Vitamin D3 supplement at this time of year. Magnesium is essential in the absorption of this.