Why you might need magnesium.
It’s just one of those things I think is missing in some of our lives. Before I read up on magnesium, I had no idea HOW MUCH I actually needed it. After all, magnesium deficiency is one of the leading deficiencies for adults. it impacts about 80% of adults today.
This article from Dr. Axe explains why magnesium deficiency is so common. “A few factors are at play: soil depletion that lowers the amount of magnesium present in crops; digestive disorders that lead to malabsorption of magnesium and other minerals in the gut; high rates of prescription medication and antibiotic use that damages the digestive tract to the point that magnesium cannot be absorbed and properly utilized from foods.”
Magnesium is extremely important for your metabolism, enzyme function, energy production and for balancing nitric oxide in the body.
How do you know if you have a magnesium deficiency?
Here are some indicators, poor digestion, trouble sleeping, muscle spasms or muscle aches, and anxiety/anxiousness. Magnesium deficiency can also lead to migraine headaches, mood swings, increased PMS symptoms, or insomnia.
I personally take magnesium just before bed to help me get a good nights sleep, without feeling groggy in the morning. There are properties in magnesium that help promote relaxation and calm the brain. I take it at night also because it helps keep everything “moving” correctly in the morning. You know what I’m sayin’? Magnesium helps relax the muscles within our digestive tract, but it’s not like “run for the hills. OMG! I have to GOOOOOO!” type of movement.
Recently in pregnancy I have experienced more muscle aches and Charley Horses than ever before. Magnesium helps relax muscles.
Where do you find magnesium?
Magnesium can be found in several different foods. Spinach, Swish chard, black beans, almonds, cashews, potatoes, pumpkin seeds, banana, avocado, and broccoli are some foods high in magnesium.
You can also take a magnesium supplement in pill form. You can research the proper dose for yourself. I take 200mg per day, but I have read you can take 300-400mg. You will want to find what works best for you. A sign of too much magnesium is a laxative effect, nausea, or cramping.
You can find magnesium supplements at your local grocery store or health food store. The magnesium supplement I take is from Salary and you can find it here.
In addition to magnesium, I love acupuncture to help me relax, help with my headaches, and stress.