September 22, 2018
Do I Need More Magnesium In My Life?
a mineral needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body
What Does Magnesium Do In The Body?
It's probably easier to answer the question, "What DOESN'T magnesium do in the body?", as magnesium helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aids in the production of energy and protein.
What Are The Symptoms Of Magnesium Deficiency?
Magnesium is found in a variety of foods, including legumes, green leafy vegetables and dairy products such as milk and yogurt, however, most people are not getting enough from their diet these days. This can be chalked up to increased sensitivity to dairy (who drinks cow's milk anymore?), poor mineral content in mass produced foods, and increased inability to absorb nutrients from the foods we eat (due to IBS, excessive use of antibiotics, or Chrohn's disease).
The good news about magnesium is that it can be absorbed topically. If you aren't sure if you are deficient or not, you won't go over your daily recommended allowance by applying it directly to your skin. I prefer to use magnesium oil sprays, every day after a shower, or long soaks in Epsom salt baths once a week. After maintaining this regiment for 6 months I can personally report a 99% reduction in menstrual cramps, and significant improvements in both my sleep and mood.
Is Magnesium Right For Me?
If you are living an active and healthy life, eating right and exercising, yet still struggle with muscle cramps, stress, sleep issues, migraines, or are at risk for heart disease or osteoporosis, why NOT give magnesium a try? It's 100% natural and necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Stick to topicals though, as taking supplements internally can cause GI symptoms such as abdominal pain and loose stool.
Julie M Baumhofer, L.Ac is an herbalist and acupuncturist passionate about sharing her understanding of traditional Chinese medicine. She is based in San Francisco and currently accepting new clients.