Magnesium is essential to the body’s daily function. It is a crucial mineral, the 4th highest in content in our bodies and is also an electrolyte. As an electrolyte, magnesium does more than just keep away muscle cramps, it is crucial for all electrical activity in the body. It is essential for nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, brain conductivity, energy production, temperature regulation, detoxification in the liver, nutrient metabolism, bone and cell formation and the functioning of the heart.
Magnesium being of high importance in all these areas, it is no surprise that magnesium deficiency can cause health problems and many forms of aches and pains. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to painful muscle spasms and cramps, anxiety, migraines, headaches, impaired memory/thinking, insomnia, depression, chronic fatigue, muscular pain, tension and tendonitis.
Essentially, we need magnesium to stay alive, with a shortage of it we lose the energy and conductivity that keeps us going and a deficiency increasingly causes all forms of aches and pains from tightness, tenseness, and an inability to relax. If you are experiencing daily pains, tightness or headaches, it is likely that they could be relieved by increasing your magnesium levels.
Boost your magnesium levels
-Take a high quality magnesium supplement. The best way to get your magnesium levels up again is as simple as taking a teaspoon or 5gms of powder in a glass of water. Why do we suggest a supplement when magnesium can be found in food? Modern agricultural methods and food processing can strip foods of minerals, meaning that many foods considered high in magnesium can have much lower levels than you’d expect and it can be difficult to know how much you are really adding to your body. We suggest you start off on a supplement to get your levels back up quickly and in a way that you can measure your intake, then maintain that level through your diet.
If you are interested in seeing the benefits magnesium can have on your wellbeing, Be Well stocks practitioner only ranges: Diasporal sachets, Mediherb Mega Mag and Orthoplex MagTaur Xcell. Sarena is one of only a few Applied Kinesiology Chiropractors in Wellington. She can muscle test you and recommend the proper dose if you are indeed deficient. If you are unable to come in, make sure you get a high quality Magnesium from a reputable health store.
Maintain your magnesium levels
-Eat magnesium rich foods grown on organic soil. Modern diets with their high intake of sugar and refined grains do not help our magnesium levels. As we eat more processed foods we are getting less magnesium. Processes such as the refining of grains, strip foods of their natural mineral, vitamin and fiber content and the resulting food often uses up magnesium in the body to be metabolised. Sugar is one of the worst foods for this. To process just one molecule of sugar our body uses of 54 molecules of magnesium! So to keep your magnesium levels up it is important to consider your diet. Start by reducing processed foods and adding in more magnesium rich foods including beans, nuts, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and seeds. The magnesium in these foods comes from the soil they have been grown in. As many modern agricultural processes, including the use of pesticides, deplete the soil of minerals be sure to choose those grown organically.
Relax and revive for another boost
Soak in an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and sulphate, both which your body needs. Studies show that these minerals are absorbed well through the skin, so this is an excellent way to get that boost of magnesium. Epsom salt baths, with the magnesium boost they give you, have been shown to prevent or ease migraines and headaches and flush toxins and heavy metals from the body’s cells, easing inflammation and muscle pain. So bathe the stress away! Epsom salt can be found at your local health store or chemist. For a standard bath add two cups of Epsom salt and relax in the bath for at least 12 minutes. Three times a week is ideal. For an even more relaxing soak, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
If you have any questions regarding magnesium or the brand you would like to take feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page and Sarena will reply as soon as soon as possible