Most people have no idea but there’s a good chance that you could be deficient in magnesium. Tell tale signs can be extreme “I have to have it” chocolate cravings or difficulty falling or staying asleep? Perhaps you wake up in the middle of night with a painful tight calf as a result of muscle cramp. These are all physical signs and symptoms which may be an indicator that you are lacking in this mineral. Magnesium is a extremely important for us humans as our body doesn’t produce it naturally so you must obtain it through food or supplements.
IMPORTANCE OF MAGNESIUM
Magnesium is an important mineral for many reasons. It plays an important role in muscle function, heart rhythm, blood pressure, immune system functioning, digestive movement. In fact according to research magnesium is linked to over 300 enzymatic roles in the body so when you don’t have enough, you can start to feel and look bad.
SO WHATS CAUSES MAGNESIUM DEFICINECY?
This deficiency can be brought on by poor food choices especially eating excess carbohydrates and excess sugar. Your body basically has to burn through your magnesium stores to help metabolise the excess sugar to break it down for energy. As a result, this puts your body into a nutrient debt. If you experience a lot of stress this can also cause magnesium deficiency as it causes the body burn it up like rocket fuel.
WHAT FOODS CAN I EAT TO BOOST LEVELS?
Plants, and particularly grains, have more magnesium than meat or dairy. A simple rule of thumb is that magnesium usually accompanies fibre. If you don’t want to supplement and simply want to acquire magnesium through food sources, here are a few foods that can relieve you of any magnesium deficiency symptoms:
* Pumpkin seeds
* Sunflower seeds
* Black beans
* Leafy greens
* Sesame seeds
* High quality dark chocolate
Personally I like to try and get my magnesium from food sources but you beat an Epsom salts bath after a hard day at work. Epsom salt chemically know as magnesium sulphate is easily absorbed through the skin and immediately goes to work inside our bodies.
The magnesium ions break apart from Epsom salt molecules and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, helping us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.
Epsom salts absorbed through the skin also works to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. Try soaking in an Epsom salt bath three to four times per week to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve your cardiovascular health.