You may have been recommended trying Epsom salt baths after exercise or magnesium supplements to reduce muscle cramps. This is because magnesium is well-known for its ability to aid in optimising our muscle function and recovery.
But what you may not have known is that magnesium also plays an important role in our cardiovascular health, bone density, energy production, appetite, hormone balance and sleep quality. Magnesium deficiency has also been linked to anxiety and depression. This mineral is quite the achiever, isn’t it??
Unfortunately though, most of us are deficient in this important mineral.
Our Western lifestyle with high levels of stress, processed foods, sugar, coffee, alcohol and prescription drugs deplete the magnesium levels in our body. Agricultural studies also show that our soils (therefore the plants and meat we eat) contain much less minerals today than what they did before the start of chemicalised broad-scale farming practises.
So you can see why most of us aren’t getting enough magnesium through our diet, and how we can lose a great deal due to lifestyle factors. (Hello cappuchinos, cakes and red wine!! I don’t want to give you up…)
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY:
- muscle cramps, tension and spasms
- period pain, cramps
- headaches, migraines
- insomnia, restless sleep
- anxiety, depression
- low bone density
- hormonal problems/imbalances
- low energy, poor memory
- calcification of arteries, high blood pressure
(If you’d like to read more about magnesium deficiency, I’ve added a couple of links at the end of this post.)
HOW TO INCREASE MAGNESIUM INTAKE
Mother Nature has packed magnesium into many fruit and vegetables, such as leafy greens, bananas, almonds and black beans, but as mentioned earlier, the supermarket bought goodies (even organic ones) have often lost a lot of the nutrients to broad-scale farming practises, food miles and storage.
Magnesium can be taken in tablet or powder form, but it is estimated that over half of it fails to absorb during the digestive processes, especially in the older adults with reduced gastric acid levels that can reduce its availability.
The best way to ensure maximum absorption is transdermal application, aka directly through the skin! Creams, oils and sprays made with magnesium chloride tend to work the best, as this form has a high bioavailability, meaning our bodies can absorb and use it effectively.
I have been using magnesium supplement in powder form for a while now. But as it often happens, the same pineapple flavoured crazy-yellow drink just wasn’t going down so well anymore. I’d forget to take it… Or only take when I REALLY needed it.
Then I discovered magnesium spray! I make my own, and keep a bottle of it next to my bed. It is so easy to spray it on the bottoms of my feet or my back and tummy before bed time.
I have had great results with magnesium spray. I managed to dissolve several budding tension headaches with a liberal spritzing of it, and my sleep has improved a lot since starting to spray my feet and back daily.
You can spray magnesium anywhere in the body where there is tension or pain, but it’s best to avoid sensitive areas such as face, eyes, skin rashes or cuts. Initially you may feel a stinging sensation in the sprayed area, but this usually subsides within a few application as your skin gets used to the new routine and magnesium levels in the body start to return to optimal. It took me couple of days to get used to it. But with the amazing health benefits to our muscles, mood, heart, bones and hormones, it is a small price to pay.
If you’d like to try magnesium spray for yourself, here’s the good news! I have whipped up a whole batch for sale! This is way too good a health routine to keep just to myself. Alternatively you can ask your local chemist or even make your own!
Either way, you body will thank you for it….