Why magnesium is the mineral your body can’t miss

Why magnesium is the mineral your body can’t miss

Author -  Good Health

Be aware of the signs

Why magnesium is the mineral your body can’t miss

The symptoms of low magnesium levels differ between us, but some of the more common ones are anxiety, restless leg syndrome, abnormal heart rhythms and high blood pressure, insomnia and irritability. Children who are lacking in magnesium also have trouble sleeping and are seen to be quite hyperactive.

There’s other less telling signs that may hint you need to up your magnesium intake. If you find yourself craving chocolate, it’s because your body is craving the magnesium it provides. Yes, that’s right, dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium and the darker the better (at least 70% cocoa).

Muscle cramps are another indication that your levels might be low. Magnesium helps to relax muscles, that’s why people who are more active will often rub Magnesium Cream directly on to their tired muscles and joints to provide relief from aches and cramps.

Another common symptom of magnesium deficiency is constipation. Magnesium is important for your bowels for two key reasons. Firstly, it relaxes the muscles and secondly, some forms are extremely efficient at attracting water into your bowels. This helps to soften stools, making it easier to pass a bowel motion.

Feeling anxious?

Why magnesium is the mineral your body can’t miss

It’s not just your muscles that magnesium helps to relax. It has such a dramatic effect on our nervous system, it’s known as the relaxation mineral and a deficiency can make us feel on edge, anxious, irritable and even increase the possibility of panic attacks. The more stressed we are, the more our body chews through magnesium. Mixing Opti Mag Powder with your morning water or juice is a great way to keep a handle on your stress levels and improve energy levels.

Sleep and magnesium

Why magnesium is the mineral your body can’t miss

Do you have problems falling asleep at night, or maybe you struggle to stay awake during the day? Low magnesium may be the missing link to helping you drift off peacefully. It all relates back to magnesium being the mineral that calms down your nervous system, helping to relax your body and busy mind.

How can we get more magnesium sources?

Why magnesium is the mineral your body can’t miss

You can find magnesium in many of your daily food choices, particularly those leafy greens in your favourite salads. Nuts are also loaded with magnesium, so are wholegrain, beans and lentils.

It can sometimes be difficult to meet our daily requirements from diet alone, especially if you lead a hectic and demanding lifestyle. Factors like high stress, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol consumption can zap your magnesium levels.

Eating foods high in magnesium is certainly helpful, there will be times when your lifestyle increases your body’s need for magnesium. Whether it’s indulging in an Epsom salt bath or taking Organic Magnesium Ultra daily, your entire body benefits with magnesium.

If you’re interested in finding out which magnesium supplement may work well for you and your family’s lifestyle, have a chat with one of our naturopaths (0800 44 66 34) to discuss the benefits of each or check out our magnesium product range. You might be surprised at how much better you’ll soon start feeling.

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