The original blog post was written by Manifest Wellness for Corporate Health Fairs.
Did you know that Magnesium is vital to almost every function of the body yet over half of the US population is deficient in this amazing mineral? Magnesium is essential for health and over 300 different biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to support the nervous system, muscles, heart, bones and many more organs and systems.
Could you be Magnesium Deficient?
There are many ways Magnesium deficiency can show up in the body. While some of the items on the list may have different causes it can be possible that it could be simply a magnesium deficiency. Supplementing with Magnesium can be easy and you may be surprised how simple some of these conditions can be helped with a little Magnesium.
Muscle Pains and Cramps, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, Irregular Heartbeat, Fatigue, Stress, Anxiety, Kidney Stones, Migraines, Hypoglycemia,Insomnia and more.
Why it’s Easy to Become Deficient
Even though Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, many factors may make getting enough a challenge. Plants can produce their own vitamins however they get their minerals from the soil. Mineral depleted soil is common with heavy use of pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural chemicals. The way we cook and eat these plants also plays a role in the amount of magnesium available in them. Overcooked and overprocessed foods often are left with very little nutrients. Consuming sugar and alcohol can also deplete magnesium levels as well as some types of medications including diuretics and heart medications.
How Magnesium Can Improve Your Health
Since Magnesium plays a huge role and almost every function of the body, it’s no surprise that it can greatly improve your health
Many people noticed improved mood, less anxiety and depression. With proper amounts of magnesium, the body can manage and release the uptake of serotonin helping with emotional balance Magnesium helps to build strong bones, even more so than calcium.
Adequate magnesium is essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium. Several studies show that dietary magnesium intake increased bone mineral density, helping reduce the risk of osteoporosis and related bone fractures.
Decreased Migraines-Magnesium relaxes blood vessels reducing spasms and restriction that can cause migraines. Magnesium can also help to regulate hormone-related migraines by raising magnesium levels in the brain
Cholesterol and Hypertension-There are many ways that magnesium contributes to the healthy functioning of the heart including reducing calcium build up in the arteries. It can also relax the muscles preventing muscle spasms in blood vessels which can lower high blood pressure and can reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Magnesium plays a huge role in the body’s electrical system. Proper levels can regulate heart rate and reduce arrhythmias.
Muscle Spasms and Pain-Magnesium helps to relax tense muscles and prevents lactic acid buildup which can also contribute to pain. It can help with athletes, and issues such as Muscle Cramps, Spasms and help ease the pain of Plantar Fasciitis.
Tips for Increasing Magnesium Levels in the Body
Food is always one of the best ways to supplement the body with vitamins and minerals. Because the body recognizes food, it is easy for it to break down and use it as opposed to harder to digest mineral supplements. Some foods that are high in Magnesium are Almonds, Avocados, Spinach, Pumpkin Seeds, Chard, Cashews, Dark Chocolate, Beans and Legumes.
In addition to increasing Magnesium-rich foods, it can also be a good idea to take a Magnesium Supplement. There are many different kinds of Magnesium some are better than others at targeting different systems of the body.
Magnesium Citrate-Probably one of the most common forms. Magnesium citrate can help to increase magnesium levels and is easily absorbed although it can have a mild laxative effect for some people. Look for a Magnesium Citrate that comes in a powdered form that can be mixed with water. It’s great to take at night to help calm the body and mind before sleep.
Magnesium L-Threonate-An excellent choice for people that suffer from Cognitive and Neurological Issues.
Magnesium Glycinate-Is a chelated form of Magnesium that is easily absorbed and particularly good for stress.
Topical Magnesium Chloride-This is my favorite type of Magnesium as it does not have any laxative effects and absorbs easily into the skin. It can help with tension in the body and can reduce headaches and migraines, ease muscle aches and pains, balance mood and helps to calm the body for sleep. You can find our topical Magnesium Products here.
It’s hard to deny all of Magnesium’s wonderful benefits. With Magnesium’s ability to support the body in so many ways, it’s sure to have benefits to just about everyone.
Peace, Love & Wellness,