I heard a fantastic story from a friend about someone they know who started taking magnesium. He had chronic insomnia and just going into the bedroom at night would give him a mild panic attack. He was very emotional, had temper issues and was overweight. After taking magnesium his mood improved, his insomnia cured, his temper and emotions stabilized and he lost a lot of weight. It has given him a new lease on life.
Due to poor eating habits a large portion of the population is low in magnesium. We could probably all benefit from having more.
- Magnesium is an essential mineral that our body requires for many different functions. We know it to be good for muscles, our bones and to help with sleep, but it is also vital for our heart.
- Our heart is our most important muscle in our body and lower amounts of magnesium can lead to increased risk of heart disease.
- Magnesium helps with the absorption of calcium which increases bone density. Without it we can start to get porous bones which leads to osteoporosis.
- It is helpful in preventing and alleviating constipation. Magnesium helps the body produce stomach acids as well as digestive enzymes, both of which help to break down foods better. Interestingly, over the counter medicines like laxatives have magnesium in to help with constipation. If you get adequate in your diet you can naturally improve bowel movements.
- Magnesium can help with restless leg syndrome, and if you’ve had it you will know that it is extremely uncomfortable and stops you from having a good night sleep. So not only does it help with the muscles but you will get better sleep too.
- Magnesium helps muscles relax, so you will have less cramping. This is especially beneficial during menstruation. It also helps with depression which women tend to experience more so during this phase of their cycle.
If you have any of these symptoms you could be low in magnesium:
Muscle cramps, muscle twitches, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, fatigue, migraine headaches, bad PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps, mood swings, depression and anxiety.
Magnesium rich foods include:
- Nuts – Cashew and almond
- Seeds -sunflower, Pumpkin, Chia, Flax seeds
- Leafy greens such as spinach, swiss chard, purple lettuce
- Black beans
- Chocolate (this is why women with PMS crave chocolate – their body is in need of magnesium)
You can also supplement with magnesium, I like to use a magnesium spray (spray on your skin) which you can get from most health stores.