Also known as the ‘miracle mineral’, magnesium is often forgotten about in the list of essential minerals your body needs for optimum functioning.
What you may not realise is that magnesium is required for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body – yep, 300! Magnesium has so much work to do in your body, just so you can run at your prime.
These jobs include maintaining your energy levels, to relaxation, to calming your central nervous system, to increasing circulation, to better bone health, heart health and muscle recovery.
What you may not realise is that magnesium is required for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body – yep, 300!
Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and the change of farming practices over the years means we are getting less and less magnesium from food sources, resulting in our body craving it; this is where magnesium supplements can be useful.
Many of us need magnesium supplements but have limited information as to why and how it works within the body. In brief, diet, lifestyle and activity levels all use up your precious magnesium stores.
Signs of magnesium deficiencies include muscle twitches, irritability, poor heart health, fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, anxiety, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, respiratory issues, dizziness, potassium or calcium deficiency, poor memory or confusion.
Many sources suggest that transdermal or topical application of magnesium (e.g. magnesium oil) is the fastest and safest way to restore magnesium levels, as your skin will only absorb what it needs and disregard the rest.
Of course, an individual’s health requirements should be determined by a doctor before using any magnesium products.
Article written by Sid & Jac for the What’s New in Fitness Magazine – Summer 2016 Edition.