When we are busy we burn more magnesium. There are some easy ways to spot if we are low. And some easy ways to make sure we are topping up our levels.
The impact of low magnesium levels on our body.
When we are under stress, we burn magnesium. Most of us spend a considerable amount of time in a stress mode. Think: commute to work, morning presentation, awkward client, massive queue at the coffee shop. Yes, these are all modern stressors that can be burning up your magnesium.
I used to suffer from muscle cramps and very poor quality sleep. My diet was pretty good (I am a nutritionist after all) but it was becoming a real problem. I’d have to stop in the middle of a yoga class uable to hold a pose, because my cramps were so bad. And as for sleep….. I’d just got so used to waking for a few hours every single night. I’m not a huge fan of supplementing, until I learned that I could just ‘top-up’ my magnesium levels with magnesium salt-baths.
What are magnesium salt baths?
This is a very simple and effective way of adding more magnesium to your body. Just a a handful of magnesium flakes to your regular bath. You are getting the additional stress reducing benefit of taking a leisurely bath.
If this sounds like a strange idea, don’t worry. Magnesium salt baths are perfectly safe. In fact, if you have heard of, or even used, Epsom salts, you’ve already had one. We’ve been adding them to our baths for hundreds of years. Plus, your body only absorbs what magnesium it needs so reducing the risk of toxicity *
Why should you be worried about magnesium?
Magnesium is key for over 200 bodily functions including converting carbohydrates and protein into energy. It’s key to muscle function, regulating blood pressure, sleep…. we basically rely on it to help us feel healthy and full of vitality.
Whilst it is unusual to be magnesium deficient, many of us
may well be insufficient. So how do you know ?*
- Muscle cramps- Magnesium is a key component in muscle contraction and relaxation. If you are suffering from cramps then maybe your magnesium levels are low.
- Tired all the time – aka TATT? Magnesium is key to energy production. If you are eating well and still finding you are suffering from poor energy levels your magnesium levels could need topping up.
- Sleep – Magnesium is key for good quality sleep. And we all know how important a good night’s sleep is!
What are good sources of magnesium?
- Green leafy veg – no surprise there! They are full of essential vitamins and minerals and we should all eat more.
- Seeds & nuts – particularly pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and brazil nuts. Be mindful of a portion size if you are watching your weight, I-2 tbsp of seeds and 3-4 nuts.
- Oily fish such as mackerel and sardines – they are also great sources of essential fatty acid Omega 3.
Note, organic and free-range foods are higher in vitamins and minerals so always try to buy local and seasonal where possible.
When is supplementing a good thing?
If you feel you still might not be getting enough from your diet or you want to boost your levels whilst you are improving your dietary intake supplementing can be a good way to give your body a boost. You should see quick results. I certainly did.
In my personal experience, a top up of magnesium salts in a bath every couple of weeks, along with a healthy diet is enough to keep me happy. I’ve not undergone medical testing, but I know the signs. When I start to get cramps or disturbed sleep I run my bath and my symptoms go away. But there are a few other options. Just make sure that you buy a good quality supplement.
- Magnesium salts bath – this is my preferred option and it’s quite cost effective: with a big bag costing less than £10, and it lasts several months.
- Magnesium spray, this is particularly good if you have poor gut function. You can just keep a bottle on your desk and get a top up with a few daily pumps.
- Oral supplement. A pill or a powder. Magnesium citrate or magnesium malate are more readily absorbed by the body, so make sure you look for these forms. You can also get some multi-vitamins that also contain good levels of magnesium.
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- If you are taking any kind of medication, or have a medical condition please seek the advice of your doctor or other medical professional before taking any kind of supplements.