The Magic of Magnesium And Why You Should Be Paying Attention To This Wonder Supplement

When your body is missing magnesium, you feel it. 

First, there is the fatigue and inability to cope with stress. If you’ experience muscle and fascia tension, spasms and cramps, anxiousness and …yikes insomnia, chances are you’re missing this magic mineral.

Chronic insomnia was my deal breaker.

For months I had been surviving on 4-5 hours per night and no amount of melatonin, cups of chamomile tea or shutting down my devices at the exact time every night seemed to work.

Turns out my body, my doctor said, was craving magnesium a mineral that is so much of an essential nutrient, that we cannot make it ourselves and must get it from food or supplements.

I was not alone with my cravings.

Recent research suggests that the majority of us are getting less than the recommended amount of magnesium putting our bone health and energy production, among other things, at risk.

One reason for this? You guessed it. Stress depletes magnesium, which, in turn, can make us feel more stressed out.

Luckily, magnesium can be replenished via foods like pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, halibut, tuna, quinoa, buckwheat, spinach, and certain beans, or better yet with supplements.

However, before you rush to the nearest supermarket you should know that while some vegetables and fruits along with protein-rich foods all have some magnesium, it may not be enough for what your body needs.

As adult females, we need about 320mg of magnesium every day. To meet this demand, magnesium is available as a dietary supplement and even here you need to be aware of the distinction amongst them.

Magnesium Citrate

This type of magnesium has a gentle laxative effect and is great if you’re feeling blocked up.

Magnesium Glycinate

Magnesium Glycinate is calming and can be used for relaxation, a great night’s rest and stress relief.

Magnesium Oxide

Remember Milk of Magnesia, the block of “chalk” our parents gave us before we went back to school. It contains Magnesium Oxide which can be used to alleviate heartburn and constipation. Milk of Magnesia has 500 mg of magnesium hydroxide per tablespoon. Yes, this is above the daily recommended limit,  but it’s worth remembering that some magnesium is not absorbed because of its laxative effect.

Magnesium chloride

Absorbed through the skin Magnesium Chloride can be applied topically and is great for muscle spasms or cramps and can also be used for dermatitis, eczema, and acne.

Magnesium sulfate

Every medicine chest has Epsom Salts in it, bet you didn’t know that Epsom Salts is really Magnesium Sulfate which helps battle muscle soreness, tightness, aches, and pains. Magnesium sulfate can also be taken orally and causes a laxative effect.

As with all other things you should check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your regimen.

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