Updated: Aug 2, 2020
This is a question I get asked a lot so I though I would do a bit on a 101 on this amazing mineral.
I absolutely love magnesium! In my practice this is one of my secret weapons against low mood, anxiety and insomnia. Over the past couple of months I have been recommending both food and supplement forms of magnesium to my clients to promote relaxation during this crazy time.
Approximately 10% of the population is deficient in magnesium, that is a lot of people. We live lifestyles which deplete magnesium but we rarely replace it through our diet or supplementation.
Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body and therefore plays an essential role in maintaining the normal function of many metabolic processes.
Magnesium is essential in the manufacturing of neurotransmitters such as serotonin (our happy hormone). Low levels magnesium will significantly effect the production of serotonin which is associated with low mood and depression.
It anything is tight, irritable, crampy or stiff in the body or mood this may be a sign of deficiency. Here are some of the other symptoms often associated with magnesium deficiency:
Magnesium levels are decreased by:
Excessive blood loss during menstruation
Intestinal parasites (yes, these are common)
Increase magnesium in your diet by eating more:
Leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, rainbow chard, spring greens, lettuce)
Nuts (particularly almonds)
Cocoa (yes, chocolate!)
You can also soak in an Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) bath. Magnesium ions can be absorbed through the skin, which can aid muscle relaxation. Perfect excuse for a long soak in the bath, it's medicinal
How will you get your magnesium fix today?