The Importance of Magnesium
This essential nutrient plays a big part in your daily health status. It is involved in over 300 different chemical reactions in the body involving the muscular, cardio-vascular, neurological, skeletal, and metabolic systems.
Magnesium is in the soil and the plants grown in it should take up the available magnesium. Ideally! But due to a lack of this mineral being found in our soil, our plants are also becoming Magnesium deficient. This effectively means we are not getting the magnesium we should from our plants.
The reason for this is complex but includes the need for better crop management like bio-dynamic farming principles. Also, sandy soils have less magnesium than clayey soils. Rainfall, water run-off and soil quality are also involved in the magnesium dilemma.
Why do we need Magnesium?
As I stated this little nutrient is involved in over 300 different applications, so it is rather important to have. When you are deficient it can affect many different body systems. Some of the conditions you may experience when Magnesium deficient include:
- Migraines and headaches
- Sleep disturbances
- Depression and Anxiety
- Muscle cramps
- Bone disease
- Fatigue and low energy
- Irregular heartbeat
- Bad body odour
So how can you increase your Magnesium?
Well, if you are a chocolate lover (dark chocolate – not milk or white) then you are in luck as this is a wonderful source of magnesium. It is also a sign on deficiency if you are craving chocolate!
But this is not the only food containing Magnesium. Nuts and Seeds, green leafy vegetables and legumes also contain good amounts. Unfortunately, sometimes the amount is not always available to you.
Magnesium is sensitive to stress, which means you excrete it faster when you are in a stressful state, or drink too much coffee/tea or have a high sugary diet. All the things you crave when in a stressful state!
For me I know when I get a flicker or muscle twitch under my eye that I need some more Magnesium, or I start to experience cramps in my feet and calves.
Often supplementation is needed and there are different types of Magnesium for different purposes. This is where consulting a Naturopath is a good option. Heart health requires a specific type versus your muscle cramps.
If you do experience muscle cramps, headaches, or anxiety, then using a flotation tank is a great option. A flotation tank is loaded with magnesium salts as this is what makes you float. But while you are in it you do absorb the magnesium via the skin. Epsom salts have been used for hundreds of years to help improve magnesium status and subsequent health benefits.
Magnesium is a nutrient I talk a lot about. My kids love to joke about it whenever I talk about a health condition. They say, “Sure you just need Magnesium!” and they have a good laugh as I am always spouting the need for this nutrient.
This is one of the most prescribed nutrients in my clinic as it is often deficient in most people’s diets and involved in the presenting conditions. I take it daily myself as I have some DNA issues that I know need magnesium to help correct.
So, if you want to know a bit more about magnesium you can download the handout below. Or if you want to book in for a nutritional consult you can book here.